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Natural Gas in New England

Natural Gas Consumers

Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics for the year 2010 reflect approximately 2.5 million natural gas customers in New England; 2.3 million residential customers and about 260,000 commercial and industrial customers (see table and charts below).

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Natural Gas Consumers - 2010

 

 

 

New Hampshire

Connecticut

Maine

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Vermont

Totals

Total

112,312

548,090

30,320

1,546,731

248,502

43,222

2,529,177

Residential

95,361

490,185

21,142

1,389,496

225,204

38,047

2,259,435

Commercial

16,645

54,842

9,084

144,485

23,049

5,137

253,242

Industrial

306

3,063

94

12,750

249

38

16,500

Source link: http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/ng/ng_cons_num_dcu_nus_a.htm

Natural Gas Consumption

The Energy Information Administration’s 2011 Annual Energy Outlook projects New England natural gas consumption to grow at a 1.5% annual rate through 2035. In New England, New Hampshire ranked fourth in total natural gas consumption in 2011, behind Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Natural gas is the primary heating fuel for 35%* of residential homes in New England.

* Northeast Gas Association, 2011 Statistical Guide, p. 3

 

New England Natural Gas Consumption by State

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EIA Statistics – Volumes in Millions of Cubic Feet [1 million cubic feet = 10,000 Therms]

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Natural Gas Consumption - 2010

 

 

 

Units:  Millions of Cubic Feet

 

New Hampshire Connecticut Maine Massachusetts Rhode Island Vermont Totals

Total

60,139

192,701

75,821

426,457

92,653

8,427

856,198

Residential

6,738

42,729

1,234

125,601

16,942

3,078

196,322

Commercial

8,406

40,656

5,830

71,156

10,458

2,384

138,890

Industrial

6,022

24,117

28,365

42,993

8,033

2,909

112,439

Vehicle Fuel

36

55

0

865

98

1

1,055

Electric Power

38,937

85,144

40,392

185,842

57,122

55

407,492

 

EIA              
Natural Gas Consumption - 2001     Units: Millions of Cubic Feet
  New Hampshire Connecticut Maine Massachusetts Rhode Island Vermont Totals
Total 23,374 143,330 94,569 345,916 95,327 7,906 710,422
Residential 6,812 41,022 954 106,636 17,937 2,719 176,080
Commercial 7,349 44,378 2,642 61,677 12,808 2,473 131,327
Industrial 8,685 25,622 10,929 81,184 6,127 2,597 135,144
Vehicle Fuel 1 147 0 125 38 1 312
Electric Power 527 32,161 80,044 96,294 58,417 116 267,559

Source link: http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/ng/ng_cons_sum_dcu_nus_m.htm

The fastest growing gas consumption sector, nationally and regionally, has been gas for electric power generation. Gas-fired electric power generation accounted for approximately 38% of total natural gas consumption in New England in 2001; in 2010 it accounted for nearly 50% of New England’s natural gas consumption.

In New Hampshire, gas fired electric power generation facilities accounted for just 2% percent of total natural gas consumption in 2001; in 2010 it accounted for 65% of total natural gas consumption.

New Hampshire Natural Gas Consumption by Sector

New Hampshire Natural Gas Consumption by Sector charts

EIA Statistics – Volumes in Millions of Cubic Feet

Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines

New England has 2,500 miles of gas transmission pipeline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation/PHMSA.  Six interstate gas pipeline systems deliver gas from multiple supply points into New England.  These pipelines deliver gas from supply basins in the Gulf Coast, western Canada, eastern Canada (Sable Island, Deep Panuke) and from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Massachusetts.  The interstate natural gas pipelines serving New England are:

LNG Import Facilities

The Distrigas of Massachusetts LNG terminal in Massachusetts is one of the first major operating import terminals for LNG in the United States and imports gas from other parts of the world where local market needs are much less than the available supply.

The primary source of LNG supply into New England in recent years comes from the rich gas supply region of Trinidad and Tobago, off the coast of Venezuela, and additional cargoes arrived in 2010 from Egypt and Yemen.  The LNG is transported to New England via large ocean-going tanker ships.

Additionally, there are three new LNG import facilities that directly impact the northeast natural gas markets. These new LNG import facilities are:

Last updated 8/1/2012