This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends that shape advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world. It is drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.
Historically, the United States has imported large quantities of natural gas, mostly from Canada. In 2005 alone, the United States imported 4 trillion cubic feet of this fuel. But hydraulic fracturing has resulted in an abundance of domestic natural gas supply. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects the country to become a net exporter of natural gas in 2017 for the first time since 1958, citing declining pipeline imports from Canada, increased pipeline exports to Mexico, and greater LNG exports elsewhere. By 2026, EIA projects U.S. exports at 4 trillion cubic feet even if oil prices remain at current lows.