American natural gas is a solution that has forever altered the world’s energy equation by
Generating the power we need for our homes and businesses
Providing the building blocks for our manufacturing renaissance
Making our nation and our allies more secure
Propelling the new generation of clean transportation on our roads, oceans, and waterways
Power providers, manufacturing companies, surface and marine fleet operators and millions of small business and home-owners have turned to natural gas to ensure they can get the energy they need, at a price they can afford.
NATURAL GAS POWERS AMERICA
Here in the U.S., the companies that provide the electricity to light, heat and cool your home have turned to natural gas. It is America’s largest growing source of energy, offering a clean, reliable and affordable way to create power.
In 2015, natural gas produced nearly one-third of U.S. electricity.
Natural gas is lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing air pollution.
America has generations of natural gas we can access at affordable prices.
Natural Gas is CLEAN
When used to generate electricity, natural gas produces half the CO2 emissions of coal. In recent years, the use of natural gas by electricity-generating plants has increased greatly, and today power sector CO2 emission levels are the lowest they’ve been in 25 years. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that switching to natural gas accounted for almost two-thirds of the CO2 emission reductions from 2006 to 2014.
The environmental benefits associated with natural gas go well beyond CO2 reductions. Greater use of natural gas in power generation will also reduce NOx, SO2, PM, acid gasses, Hg and non-Hg heavy metal emissions.
Natural Gas is RELIABLE
The U.S. depends on energy being available at the flip of a switch, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For that to happen, the supply and demand of electricity must always be in balance, meaning the energy going into the power grid must equal the amount being used. That’s why all our nation’s energy systems require constant power generation that can also fluctuate with our needs. Natural gas generation is doing just that: reliably and efficiently providing power at an affordable cost while being flexible and fast-ramping enough to keep the lights on when intermittent resources like wind and solar are not available, all while reducing its own emissions.
Natural Gas is AFFORDABLE
More natural gas means affordable natural gas. And America has a lot of it. How much? According to the latest IHS study, 800 trillion cubic feet of natural gas can be developed for around $3 per cubic foot. Even more remarkable, there is nearly twice as much gas (1,400 trillion cubic feet) recoverable for just a dollar more.
To put this amount in perspective, in 2015 the U.S. consumed only 27.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Natural gas has delivered on the promise of clean, reliable and affordable energy from coast to coast. But in New England, the benefits of natural gas have been restrained. That’s because there isn’t enough basic infrastructure like pipelines and storage capacity to keep up with demand. And failure to fix these regional challenges can raise costs for families and businesses.
New England knows this all too well. The region’s residents paid up to 69 percent more for their electricity than the national average during the winter of 2014-2015, while its industrial sector paid up to 90 percent more.
The natural gas industry is ready to make the private investments needed to ensure consumers have the energy they need at a price they can afford, but we need regional government cooperation and decisions that support building and maintaining the infrastructure that will unlock the benefits of natural gas for more of the regions businesses and residents.
Natural gas matters to the Buckeye State. Ohio relies heavily on manufacturing and trade, and natural gas already provides lower prices for manufacturers’ electricity costs, and cost savings to Ohio residents while providing important jobs and investment in the state. In fact, the natural gas industry provides more than 255,000 secure, well-paying jobs in Ohio and contributes more than $28.4 billion in added value to the Ohio economy.
But there is more natural gas can to do help Buckeye businesses and residents.
With more support for infrastructure and as a way to provide the clean and affordable power the state needs, Ohio can do more than reap the benefits of natural gas.
Production of natural gas from shale regions across the country, along with investments in pipeline infrastructure, allows natural gas to meet the growing demand for clean, affordable electricity. Thanks to technology improvements in the natural gas industry, we can now access even more of our natural resource at affordable prices. This abundance and affordability is why natural gas accounts for more than half of all recent power plant capacity additions.
As is the case with any American product, when free trade is allowed to flourish, our economy enjoys greater prosperity, our people greater economic benefits and our workers more and better jobs. Supporting the nation's ability to export natural gas is good for the United States economy.
The Clean Power Plan is a regulation designed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce CO2 emissions from United States electricity generators. The Clean Power Plan provides different compliance pathways states can choose from to implement a plan to meet their CPP requirements.
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.