EIA expects US motor fuel consumption to increase this summer, but remain below 2019 levels
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APRIL 7, 2021
The increase in fuel consumption we are forecasting for the summer driving season is a reflection of optimism about the US economy as COVID-19 vaccinations and fiscal stimulus support continued recovery. The higher expected natural gas prices cause the forecast share of generation from coal to rise from 20% in 2020 to 22% this year, and to 23% next year. EIA expects US coal production to total 585 MMst in 2021, 46 MMst (9%) more than in 2020.