U.S. GAS PRICES
Preliminary dry gas production for January 2015 was 2,287 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 73.8 Bcf/day, down from last month's record high of 74.8 Bcf/day. January's production was a 6 Bcf/day increase from 67.8 Bcf/day in January 2014, an 8.8% rise from year to year.
Preliminary total consumption for January 2015 was 3,130 Bcf, or 101 Bcf/day, a decrease of 3% from 3,227 Bcf in January 2014, or 104.1 Bcf/day.
Total consumption for January 2015 decreased in most sectors year to year: Deliveries to residential consumers for January 2015 were 930 Bcf, or 30 Bcf/day, a 10% drop from 33.3 Bcf/day in January 2014; commercial deliveries were 526 Bcf, or 17 Bcf/day, an 8% decrease from 18.5 Bcf/day in January 2014; and industrial deliveries were 715 Bcf, or 23.1 Bcf/day, down 1% from 23.3 Bcf/day in January 2014. Electric power deliveries showed an increase from last January: January 2015 deliveries were 713 Bcf, or 23 Bcf/day, a 7.5% rise from January 2014's 21.4 Bcf/day.
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