The United States expects to add 8.6 GW of natural gas-fired capacity to its power generation fleet in 2023 as demand for the fuel breaks records.

So far this year, 10 natural gas-fired power plants totaling 6.8 GW have come online, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Natural gas consumption in electricity generation soared this past summer, setting monthly records of 47.3 Bcf/d in both July and August. EIA sees natural gas power sector consumption averaging 35.3 Bcf/d for full-year 2023, up 6%, or 2.1 Bcf/d, over the record levels observed in the year-earlier period.

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