Preliminary data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows U.S. primary energy consumption rose during the first 8 months of 2010, largely because of increased consumption of coal and natural gas.
Compared with data from the first 8 months of 2009, U.S. energy consumption rose by 4%. Carbon dioxide emissions likewise rose by 4% due to increased combustion of fossil fuels. The EIA expects U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to increase 3.5% in 2010 after falling 7% in 2009.
As of the end of October, U.S. natural gas inventories are over 3.8 trillion cubic feet (tcf), approximately the same value as last October’s record-setting levels.