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   January 2000 

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Consumption: Energy consumption in July 1999 in the United States totaled 7.85¥1015 British thermal units (Btu). According to the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), petroleum accounted for 3.24¥1015 Btu (41.3 percent); natural gas, 1.57¥1015 Btu (20.1 percent); coal, 2.00¥1015 Btu (25.4 percent); hydroelectric power, 0.321¥1015 Btu (4.0 percent); and nuclear power, 0.707¥1015 Btu (9.0 percent). Compared to July 1998, nuclear electric power changed the most significantly over the year with an increase of 8.3 percent from 0.653¥1015 Btu.

Production: Domestic field production of petroleum in July 1999 was estimated at 8.05 million barrels per day (crude oil—5.87; natural gas plant liquids—1.88), according to the EIA. Domestic natural gas (dry) production in July 1999 was estimated at 1.58 trillion cubic feet; domestic coal production in July 1999 was estimated at 90.3 million short tons. In comparison to July 1998, the total domestic field production of oil fell by 1.2 percent from 8.16 million barrels per day; natural gas remained static at 1.58 trillion cubic feet; and coal fell 0.8 percent from 91.0 million short tons.

For more information on consumption and production, visit the Energy Information Administration on the Web at <> and click on “Energy Overview,” or call (202)586-8800.

Oil and petroleum imports: U.S. imports of crude oil and petroleum products in October 1999 averaged an estimated 10.43 million barrels per day, a decrease of 4.0 percent from October 1998. The American Petroleum Institute reports that imports met 51.9 percent of U.S. supply for October 1999. In October 1998, imports averaged 10.86 million barrels per day, and met 54.5 percent of U.S. supply. Supply in October 1999 was 0.8 percent higher than in October 1998.
For more information, visit API on the Web at <>.

Laura Wright