Natural Gas Storage

Fact Sheet January 20, 2016

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 reliably offer clean natural gas to consumers throughout the year in a cost-efficient manner and without interruption. 

During summer months, when U.S. customers use less gas and there is excess supply, utilities purchase natural gas and store it for distribution in the colder months when there is peak demand. Underground storage provides a physical location to hold supplies not being consumed and is also used to maintain system integrity and necessary pressure on pipelines, which contributes to keeping them operating efficiently.