United States exports of LNG (liquified natural gas) continued to rise in the first half of 2021, averaging over 9.6 Bcf/d. When compared to the corresponding months from 2020, this marks a 42% (or 2.8 Bcf/d) rise . While 2020 was an outlier due to Covid, exports still fell to record lows during the summer months. However things changed in the fall, and LNG exports set record highs in both November and December. In 2021, exports increased dramatically as spot prices in Europe and Asia increased significantly due to cold weather, incentivizing exporters. As we turned to summer, increasingly hot temperatures in May and June led to greater natural gas demand from the electric power sector, which drove up spot prices again. Exports declined slightly recently as pipeline maintenance slowed things down, but expect LNG exports to remain at high levels as long as the demand exists.