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May 2012 Monthly Energy Review for February 2012

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

The May 2012 Monthly Energy Review (MER), EIA's primary report of recent energy statistics, was released on May 29, 2012.  Preliminary data indicate that in February 2012:

·           U.S. primary energy consumption totaled 8.0 quadrillion Btu, a 1-percent decrease from February 2011.  Petroleum made up 35 percent of primary energy consumption, natural gas 32 percent, coal 17 percent, renewable energy 9 percent, and nuclear electric power 8 percent.

·           Compared with February 2011, petroleum consumption increased 3 percent, natural gas consumption increased 2 percent, and U.S. coal consumption decreased 14 percent.

·            Compared with February 2011, total U.S. renewable energy consumption decreased 2 percent.  Wind energy consumption increased 5 percent, biomass energy consumption increased 4 percent, and conventional hydroelectric power consumption decreased 16 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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