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Natural Gas in New England

Natural Gas Consumers

Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics for the year 2013 reflect approximately 2.66 million natural gas customers in New England; 2.4 million residential customers and about 274,000 commercial and industrial customers (see table and charts below).

Chart

Natural Gas Consumers - 2013

 

 

New Hampshire

Connecticut

Maine

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Vermont

Total

Total

116,416

573,446

36,300

1,630,911

255,776

46,606

2,659,455

Residential

98,715

513,492

24,765

1,475,592

231,763

41,152

2,385,479

Commercial

17,298

55,500

11,415

144,258

23,742

5,441

257,654

Industrial

403

4,454

120

11,061

271

13

16,322

Source link: http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/ng/ng_cons_num_dcu_nus_a.htm
Natural Gas Consumption
The Energy Information Administration’s 2014 Annual Energy Outlook projects New England natural gas consumption to grow at a 0.4% annual rate through 2040. In New England, New Hampshire ranked fourth in total natural gas consumption in 2014, behind Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Natural gas is the primary heating fuel for 38%* of residential homes in New England.

Natural Gas Consumption - 2014
Units:  Millions of Cubic Feet

New Hampshire

Connecticut

Maine

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Vermont

Totals

Total

58,389

233,272

55,898

422,833

86,489

10,407

867,288

Residential

8,187

52,664

2,315

130,233

19,971

3,762

217,132

Commercial

9,852

52,292

8,624

113,268

13,300

4,748

202,084

Industrial

9,070

28,618

21,105

45,335

8,273

1,858

114,259

Vehicle Fuel

40

30

1

833

93

3

1,000

Electric Power

31,240

99,668

23,853

133,164

44,852

36

332,813

Northeast Gas Association, 2014 Statistical Guide, p. 2
 The fastest growing gas consumption sector, nationally and regionally, has been gas for electric power generation. Gas-fired electric power generation accounted for approximately 30% of total natural gas consumption in New England in 2000; in 2014 it accounted for nearly 40% of New England’s natural gas consumption.

New England Natural Gas Consumption by Sector
Chart

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Residential

185,420

176,080

177,839

203,951

187,816

194,257

170,397

187,990

Commercial

138,931

131,327

133,171

129,952

120,157

120,710

110,462

126,454

Industrial

140,535

135,144

154,268

85,807

96,010

90,152

97,625

106,797

Vehicle Fuel

251

312

317

387

435

1,016

960

930

Electric Power

199,901

267,559

339,779

343,154

353,220

354,842

369,738

381,166

Total

665,038

710,422

805,374

763,251

757,638

760,977

749,182

803,337


2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Residential

204,674

206,474

196,323

202,378

183,164

217,237

217,132

Commercial

139,228

139,961

139,787

154,705

143,233

170,426

197,336

Industrial

108,012

105,225

113,685

118,939

118,667

129,572

114,259

Vehicle Fuel

952

938

893

913

914

1,023

1,000

Electric Power

352,642

351,284

407,492

438,414

433,107

359,861

332,813

Total

805,508

803,882

858,180

915,349

879,085

878,119

862,540

EIA Statistics – Volumes in Millions of Cubic Feet [1 million cubic feet = 10,000 Therms]
In New Hampshire, gas fired electric power generation facilities accounted for just 3% percent of total natural gas consumption in 2000; in 2014 it accounted for 54% of total natural gas consumption.

New Hampshire Natural Gas Consumption by Sector
Chart

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Residential

7,274

6,812

6,922

7,940

7,086

7,793

6,718

7,394

Commercial

8,323

7,349

8,768

9,673

8,943

9,844

8,494

9,360

Industrial

8,537

8,685

8,054

7,882

7,388

6,889

5,968

6,337

Vehicle Fuel

1

1

1

1

1

11

11

11

Electric Power

783

527

1,096

28,627

37,732

45,926

41,339

39,013

Total

24,918

23,374

24,841

54,123

61,150

70,463

62,530

62,115


2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Residential

7,054

7,213

6,738

6,955

6,422

7,185

8,187

Commercial

10,043

9,935

8,406

8,890

8,130

9,204

9,852

Industrial

5,370

4,688

6,022

7,083

7,007

7,866

9,070

Vehicle Fuel

14

32

28

37

37

41

40

Electric Power

48,688

38,070

38,937

46,812

50,408

29,644

31,240

Total

71,169

59,938

60,131

69,777

72,004

53,940

58,389

EIA Statistics – Volumes in Millions of Cubic Feet
Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines
New England has 2,588 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 7 July 2015