Over the next two years, natural gas production is expected to outpace domestic consumption for the first time in more than 50 years, according to the U.S.Department of Energy.

Natural gas production will be driven up in 2018 and 2019 by the West Texas Permian Basin and the Appalachian Basin’s Marcellus and Utica shale plays, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Department of Energy expects high production and low consumption to drive down natural gas spot prices to below their 2017 average of $2.99. Prices are expected to average $2.88 per million British thermal units in 2019 and $2.92 in 2019.

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