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U.S. Department of Energy Information Administration news feed provides statistics analysis at your fingertips. Stay informed during one of the most volatile energy periods in history.

  • U.S. natural gas disposition increased in 2021, driven by exports

    Our most recent annual data for 2021 show that the net disposition of natural gas in the United States increased by 3.6% in 2021 compared with 2020 as a result of growth in liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. We define net disposition as consumption, net exports, and net storage. In 2021, however, consumption in all major U.S. end-use sectors declined relative to 2019, and consumption in both the electric and residential sectors was down relative to 2020.

  • U.S. electricity customers averaged seven hours of power interruptions in 2021

    On average, U.S. electricity customers experienced just over seven hours of electric power interruptions in 2021, almost an hour less than in 2020. When major events�including snowstorms, hurricanes, and wildfires�are excluded, the average duration of interruptions annually remained consistently at around two hours per year from 2013 to 2021.

  • Strong demand for diesel leads to high prices and tight inventories going into winter

    Strong demand for ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) in October, combined with reduced global production, has resulted in lower ULSD inventories in the United States. ULSD is the most widely consumed form of distillate fuel oil.

  • EIA now expects U.S. natural gas prices to average above $6.00/MMBtu this winter

    In our November Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), we forecast that natural gas spot prices at the U.S. benchmark Henry Hub will average $6.09 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) this winter (November 2022–March 2023), the highest real price since winter 2009–10. Our forecast reflects natural gas storage levels that are 4% below average heading into winter withdrawal season and more demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the Freeport LNG facility comes back online. After the winter, we expect the Henry Hub price to decline in 2023 as production growth outpaces both domestic consumption and LNG exports.

  • Most U.S. coal is mined in the West, but most coal mining jobs are in the East

    In 2021, 60% of the country's coal was produced in the western United States, but only 28% of workers in the coal mining industry worked there, based on data from our Annual Coal Report. This difference is related to the technologies used in the East and West; surface mines in the West can use massive mining equipment to extract large amounts of coal with relatively fewer workers.

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