Reliable Natural Gas

From production to consumption and reserves, our natural gas supply is strong.

Regardless of the weather, you can depend on your natural gas utility to bring you America's best energy value. The future supply of domestic natural gas continues to grow due to the emergence and advancement of key technologies that unlock gas production from reservoirs such as shale formations. The Potential Gas Committee (PGC) assessment at year end 2016 found that the United States possesses a technically recoverable natural gas resource base of 2,817 trillion cubic feet yet to be discovered. This is the highest resource evaluation in the Committee's 52-year history—a 12 percent increase from the previous high assessment from year-end 2014.

About 20 percent of all natural gas consumed during the winter is supplied by underground storage. Underground storage of natural gas is an integral component of the nation's energy system, and our nation's significant storage capacity enables utilities to offer clean natural gas to consumers throughout the year with reliable service and prices.

  • There are approximately 400 active storage facilities in 30 states with the capacity to store approximately 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas for consumer use.
  • On January 7, 2014, the highest day ever for natural gas demand, half of all natural gas consumed was delivered from the national storage system to the pipeline network.

The Promise of Natural Gas

For the next decade and beyond, domestic natural gas supplies are expected to be sufficiently robust to meet growth in demand across all sectors.

Natural gas supply and use have kept pace for the last five years, and should remain so for the next five years.