The February Natural Gas Monthly, with data through December 2016, has been released.
In December 2016, for the tenth consecutive month, dry natural gas production decreased year-to-year from the same month in 2015. The preliminary level for dry natural gas production in December 2016 was 2,210 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 71.3 Bcf/day. This level was a 2.7 Bcf/day (3.7%) decrease from the December 2015 level of 74.0 Bcf/day, and the lowest for December since 2013.
Estimated natural gas consumption in December 2016 was 2,865 Bcf, or 92.4 Bcf/day. This level was an increase of 10.6%, or 8.8 Bcf/day, from the 2,591 Bcf consumed in December 2015. Dry gas consumption was the second highest for December since EIA began tracking it in 2001.
Year-over-year total consumption of dry natural gas in December 2016 increased in three of the four consuming sectors, with the exception being electric power deliveries, which decreased year-to-year. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in December 2016 were as follows:
Residential deliveries in December 2016 were 797 Bcf, or 25.7 Bcf/day, up 34.9% from 19.1 Bcf/day in December 2015. Residential deliveries were the highest for December since 2013.
Commercial deliveries were 464 Bcf, or 15.0 Bcf/day, up 31.8% from 11.4 Bcf/day in December 2015. Commercial deliveries were the highest for December since 2013.
Industrial deliveries were 731 Bcf, or 23.6 Bcf/day, up 8.3% from 21.8 Bcf/day in December 2015. Industrial deliveries were the highest for December since EIA began tracking them in 2001.
Electric power deliveries were 669 Bcf, or 21.6 Bcf/day, down 13.2% from 24.9 Bcf/day in December 2015.
Monthly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production
These monthly production estimates are based on data from the EIA-914, Monthly Crude Oil, Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report.