January 2021, Vol. 248, No. 1


More Residential Consumption Expected this Winter than Last

By U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)   The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts residential natural gas consumption for the winter season will average 21.1 Bcf/d, 5% more than last winter, due to  colder temperatures and changes in consumer behavior.   Click to enlarge. Based on forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), EIA expects the winter to average 602 heating degree days (HDDs), which is nearly equal to the average of the previous 10 winters and 5% more HDDs than last winter. Population-weighted HDDs measure temperature deviations from 65°F (18°C) and are used to estim

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