In March, for the sixth straight year, dry natural gas production was the highest for the month since EIA began reporting dry natural gas production data in 1973. Preliminary dry natural gas production for March 2016 was 2294 billion ft3, or 74.0 billion ft3/d. This level was a 0.1 billion ft3/d (0.1%) increase from the revised March 2015 level of 73.9 billion ft3/d.
Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for March 2016 was 2375 billion ft3, or 76.6 billion ft3/d. This level was a decrease of 9.2% from 2617 billion ft3 in March 2015, or 7.8 billion ft3/d.
Year over year total consumption of dry natural gas in March decreased in the residential and commercial sectors and increased in the industrial and electric power deliveries sectors. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in March 2016 were as follows:
- Residential deliveries were 457 billion ft3, or 14.7 billion ft3/d, down 28.3% from 20.5 billion ft3/d in March 2015.
- Commercial deliveries were 299 billion ft3, or 9.6 billion ft3/d, down 23.1% from 12.5 billion ft3/d in March 2015.
- Industrial deliveries were 668 billion ft3, or 21.5 billion ft3/d, up 0.8% from 21.4 billion ft3/d in March 2015.
- Electric power deliveries were 740 billion ft3, or 23.9 billion ft3/d, up 4.4% from 22.9 billion ft3/d in March 2015.
Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling
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