Natural Gas Solutions
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By working together alongside scientists, small business owners and manufacturers, the natural gas and oil industry is keeping pace with record demand and cutting greenhouse gas emissions every step of the way. Between 2011-2017, energy companies reduced methane emission rates by nearly 60% across four of America’s large natural gas producing regions (Anadarko, Appalachian, Eagle Ford and Permian), shrinking America’s environmental footprint while delivering affordable and reliable fuels. We’re proud of our growth, and progress will continue.
And we’re on it. Millions of us. The natural gas and oil industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs across the economy — 2.7 additional jobs for each direct natural gas and oil job. We work with the brightest minds, scientists, innovators, and problem solvers, who work relentlessly every day to create smart solutions. Learn More »
Natural gas is changing America’s energy landscape, powering the modern economy and driving environmental progress. The abundant, low-cost fuel is altering our energy equation, especially as utilities make the switch from coal-to-natural gas in electricity generation. Natural gas delivers heat and power to our homes and businesses, serves as the building blocks for our manufactured goods, reinforces our national security, and supports next-generation technologies in transportation, healthcare and communication.
Utilities, manufacturers, marine shipping operators and millions of home- and small business-owners rely on natural gas for the energy they need, at the prices they can afford.
Here's why the benefits of natural gas matter:
Natural Gas is Clean
Natural gas produces one-half the carbon emissions compared to coal when used to generate electricity, and, since 2005, the share of natural gas in power generation has increased dramatically. That’s the leading reason why levels of carbon dioxide are at their lowest in nearly 25 years. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that almost two-thirds of the carbon dioxide emission reductions between 2006-2014 were the result of fuel switching to natural gas.
Natural Gas is Reliable
U.S. households and businesses depend upon energy available at the flip of a switch. To make that possible, the power grid’s electricity supply must be balanced with consumer demand, and the system must be flexible enough to adapt to fluctuating needs. Natural gas can reliably and efficiently meet the dual challenge of dispatching power at an affordable rate and providing the fast-ramping electricity needed to keep the lights – especially when demand is high and when intermittent resources, like wind and solar, are unavailable.
Natural Gas is Affordable
By 2040, consumers across the country could save an estimated $100 billion, or $655 per household, from the increased use of natural gas throughout our economy – from manufacturing to generating affordable electricity.
Converting natural gas into its liquid state decreases the fuel’s volume by nearly 600 times, making storage and transportation of the resource much easier. Liquified natural gas, or LNG, results when natural gas is cooled to a temperature of -260 degrees F.
Natural gas has existed for millions of years underneath the Earth’s surface. Before civilization understood what natural gas was, it posed a mystery. The gas would seep from below the Earth’s surface and create fire when mixed with lightning strikes on the ground. In 500 BC, Chinese civilizations created crude pipelines made from bamboo shoots to transport the gas. The gas was used as a fuel source to create drinking water, by boiling sea water to separate the salt.
There are many uses of natural gas, all of which benefit our society. From the early 19th to 20th centuries, natural gas was primarily used to power lights in buildings and on streets. Today, modern technology has allowed us expand the uses of natural gas, some of which include: electricity generation, heating, cogeneration and trigeneration, transportation and manufacturing.
Natural gas infrastructure refers to the pipelines used to gather, transport and distribute natural gas from producing wells to end-use consumers. It also includes the facilities used in transportation, like compression and metering stations, storage services and the natural gas processing facilities.
Natural gas provides clean, reliable, and affordable energy to power America’s energy grid. The innovative technologies and extraction efficiencies pioneered by the natural gas industry are meeting America’s energy needs and are producing cleaner energy. While dramatically increasing production the industry has significantly reduced emissions. Thanks to natural gas, our air is cleaner than it’s been in decades and CO2 emissions are at 25-year lows. As we continue to rely on electrical power for in our homes and businesses, natural gas is the essential component to powering a cleaner tomorrow, today.