The residential, commercial, industrial and power sectors are expected to support US gas demand in the coming months.
The residential and commercial sectors become the largest combined consumer of gas in the US during winter (December-February), surpassing the power sector as heating-related gas demand ratchets up. Several US power utilities have contracts under which gas supply can be interrupted during winter in favour of residential and commercial users, but the country is in a gas glut, meaning power generators can be supplied with the fuel if enough pipeline capacity is available. Meanwhile, cheaply available gas has encouraged greater use of the fuel by industry – a trend expected to continue in 2017. GGA expects the combined gas demand from the US residential, commercial, industrial and power sectors to increase by 2.5% on an annual basis in 2016, to 725.4 billion cubic metres.