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Report: U.S. natural gas supply, consumption on the rise

Stephen Huba
| Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
The natural gas-fired Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station in South Huntingdon is scheduled to be brought online in December and will supply power for up to 925,000 homes.
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The natural gas-fired Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station in South Huntingdon is scheduled to be brought online in December and will supply power for up to 925,000 homes.

Natural gas supply and consumption grew significantly in the United States from the first half of 2017 to the first half of 2018, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration .

Total natural gas consumption in the Lower 48 states averaged 87.4 billion cubic feet per day during the first half of 2018, which is 11 percent greater than during the first half of 2017, the EIA said, citing data from PointLogic Energy.

The total supply of natural gas averaged 84.8 billion cubic feet per day during the first half of 2018, a 10 percent year-on-year change, the agency said.

Natural gas consumption in the first half of 2018 grew in all sectors compared with the year-ago levels:

• The largest growth occurred in residential and commercial consumption, which rose by 17 percent compared to the first half of 2017.

• The volume of natural gas used for electricity generation during the first half of the year increased by 9 percent from 2017 to 2018.

• The first half of 2018 saw an increase in exports over year-ago levels. Liquefied natural gas exports and net pipeline exports to Mexico collectively increased by an average of 23 percent from the first half of 2017 through the first half of 2018.

Production increases were facilitated by the additional pipeline capacity brought into service since June 2017, including the Leach XPress, the Rover Pipeline and Phase 1 of Atlantic Sunrise, the EIA said.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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