Natural Gas: Rewriting Our Energy Future
Our nation's abundance of clean natural gas provides an incredible opportunity to drive economic growth, while protecting the environment and boosting national energy security. Natural Gas: Rewriting Our Energy Future details a vision of market stability ushered in by our domestic energy supply and highlights the steps taken by America's natural gas utilities to deliver this energy source to homes and businesses safely and reliably while reducing emissions and increasing efficiency.
· Nearly forty states have a program to facilitate accelerated replacement and modernization of natural gas distribution pipelines no longer fit for service.
· Modernized infrastructure and installation practices, such as the installation of pipelines made from cutting-edge materials, has resulted in a 17 percent decrease of natural gas emissions during the last 25 years.
· In 2013 alone, natural gas utilities budgeted nearly $1.4 billion to natural gas efficiency programs and that number will continue to grow.
· Prevailing natural gas supply fundamentals along with a reliable natural gas delivery infrastructure suggest that a range of demand scenarios can be met within an estimated price band of $4.00 to $6.50 per MMBtu, a level well below the peak market prices of the preceding decade.
Natural gas has emerged as the foundation fuel for a clean and secure energy future in the United States. Expanding natural gas use provides a demonstrated path for improving the environment and an extensive delivery infrastructure helps to ensure that North America s robust natural gas resources are positioned to satisfy significant new natural gas demand at affordable and competitive prices well into the future.