Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Demand from most downstream customers declined during the recession; however, electricity generators and industrial production firms kept the Natural Gas Distribution industry from experiencing more significant revenue declines. Over the next five years, natural gas production is projected to slow, and infrastructure investments will boost export capacity. Upstream gas extractors will be able to charge higher prices on export markets; regulatory agencies will also set higher retail rates as production slows. Similarly, consumption will gradually increase as the economy heats up... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The Southeast region uses more natural gas than any other US region, closely followed by the Southwest. Other areas with substantial shares of total usage are the Great Lakes, West and Mid-Atlantic.
There is a broad correspondence between the geographic spread of natural-gas use and population. In the Southwest, however, gas use is substantially higher than its population share, which reflects the region's prominence as both an oil and gas producer and as an electricity generator. In contrast, the Southeast's share of gas use is lower than its population share because the most populous state in the region, Florida, has a warm climate, and therefore, lower demand for gas heating.
On a state basis, the single largest consumer is Texas, followed by California... purchase to read more