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Monthly Energy Review March 2013 Release— March 27, 2013

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

The March 2013 Monthly Energy Review (MER), EIA's primary report of recent energy statistics, was released on March 27, 2013.  This month’s MER includes the first complete set of 2012 preliminary statistics for U.S. total energy consumption, production, trade, and carbon dioxide emissions.  Preliminary data indicate that in 2012:

·         U.S. primary energy consumption totaled 95 quadrillion Btu, a 2-percent decrease compared with 2011.  Natural gas consumption increased 4 percent.  Coal consumption decreased 11 percent, nuclear electric power consumption decreased 3 percent, and petroleum and renewable energy consumption each decreased 2 percent.

·         U.S. primary energy production totaled 79 quadrillion Btu, a 1-percent increase compared with 2011.  Crude oil production increased 15 percent, and natural gas production increased 5 percent.  Coal production decreased 7 percent, to its lowest level since 1986.  Nuclear electric power and renewable energy production each decreased 3 percent.

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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