In September 2016, for the seventh consecutive month, dry natural gas production decreased year to year from the same month in 2015. Preliminary dry natural gas production for September 2016 was 2159 billion ft3, or 72.0 billion ft3/d. This level was a 3.0 billion ft3/d (4.0%) decrease from the September 2015 level of 75.0 billion ft3/d.
Preliminary dry natural gas consumption for September 2016 was 1957 billion ft3/d, or 65.2 billion ft3/d. This was an increase of 2.5%, or 1.6 billion ft3/d, from the 1909 billion ft3 consumed in September 2015.
Year over year total consumption of dry natural gas in September increased in all four consuming sectors. Deliveries of natural gas by consuming sector in September 2016 were as follows:
- Residential deliveries in September 2016 were 111 billion ft3, or 3.7 billion ft3/d, up 2.8% from 3.6 billion ft3/d in September 2015. Residential deliveries were the second lowest for the month since EIA began tracking them in 1973.
- Commercial deliveries were 145 billion ft3, or 4.8 billion ft3/d, up 5.1% from 4.6 billion ft3/d in September 2015. Commercial deliveries were the third highest for the month since EIA began tracking them in 1973.
- Industrial deliveries were 608 billion ft3, or 20.3 billion ft3/d, up 4.8% from 19.3 billion ft3/d in September 2015. Industrial deliveries were the highest for the month since EIA began tracking them in 2001.
- Electric power deliveries were 915 billion ft3, or 30.5 billion ft3/d, up 1.4% from 30.1 billion ft3/d in September 2015. Electric power deliveries were the highest for the month since EIA began tracking them in 2001.
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