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Warm Weather Led to the Earliest U.S. Natural Gas Injection Ever

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Weather can have a major impact on the energy landscape. 

Recently, for the first time since weekly storage data has been collected, the U.S. recorded a net natural gas injection in February. That's according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which found that during the week of February 24, the total amount of natural gas in storage in the lower 48 states grew by 7 billion cubic feet (Bcf).

The chart below contrasts U.S. heating degree days with the weekly changes in natural gas storage. 

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Before February's first-ever net injection, the earliest net injection of a calendar year occurred the week of March 16, 2012. In general, net natural gas injections do not occur until at least April, reflecting natural gas consumption's sensitivity to fluctuations in weather. 

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Posted: March 24, 2017