July 2022, Vol. 249, No. 7

EIA Update

Natural Gas Consumed by US Electric Power Sector Sets Record

(P&GJ) — In January 2022, natural gas consumed for electric power in the United States averaged 31.6 Bcf/d (895 MMcm/d), the highest January average on record and the highest amount for any winter month.   Natural gas consumed for electric power this past January was higher than in previous Januarys because of high demand for electricity throughout a colder-than-average January combined with less coal-fired electric power generation.  Natural gas consumption in the electric power sector peaks in the summer when demand for electricity is highest – largely driven by demand for air conditioning. A smaller peak occurs during the winter, when homes and businesses use heat pumps, electric ra

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