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MONTHLY ENERGY REVIEW MARCH 2012 RELEASE — March 28, 2012

Summary data on energy production, consumption, stocks, trade, and prices

The March 2012 Monthly Energy Review (MER), EIA's primary report of recent energy statistics, was released on March 28, 2012.  This month’s MER includes the first complete set of 2011 preliminary statistics for U.S. total energy consumption, production, trade, and carbon dioxide emissions.  Preliminary data indicate that in 2011:

·            U.S. primary energy consumption totaled 98 quadrillion Btu, essentially the same as in 2010.  Renewable energy consumption increased 12 percent and natural gas consumption increased 3 percent.  Coal consumption decreased 5 percent and petroleum and nuclear electric power consumption each decreased 2 percent.

·            U.S. primary energy production totaled 78 quadrillion Btu, a 4-percent increase compared with 2010.  Natural gas accounted for 30 percent of primary energy production, coal accounted for 28 percent, crude oil and natural gas plant liquids accounted for 19 percent, renewable energy accounted for 12 percent, and nuclear electric power accounted for 11 percent.

·            U.S. primary energy imports totaled 29 quadrillion Btu, a 4-percent decrease compared with 2010.  U.S. primary energy exports totaled 10 quadrillion Btu, a 26-percent increase from 2010.

The MER provides monthly and annual data on total energy production, consumption, and trade; energy prices; overviews of petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and international petroleum; carbon dioxide emissions; and data unit conversions. See What’s New in the MER for a record of changes.

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