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Christina Nyquist Natural Gas by the Numbers: 10 Facts from the 2014 AGA Playbook

The American Gas Association’s (AGA) updated Playbook for 2014 is hot off the presses and filled with the latest facts and information about natural gas and how it is delivered to more than 71 million homes and businesses throughout the United States. Here are 10 facts from the 2014 AGA Playbook that can help you navigate today’s energy conversation and understand the role natural gas can play in a clean, secure and affordable future.

AGA Playbook 2014Domestic Abundance                                                        

  • America has access to more domestic natural gas than ever before. The estimated future supply of natural gas has more than doubled for the period 1990-2012 average. The United States has 2,718 trillion cubic feet of accessible natural gas. This is enough to meet America’s diverse energy needs for more than 100 years.

Economic Benefits

  • Low natural gas prices are expected to increase real disposable income per household by approximately $2,000 in 2015 and more than $3,500 by 2025.
  • 3 million American jobs are supported by the natural gas industry.
  • Greater use of natural gas in transportation will help improve our economy, our environment and our energy security. On average, compressed natural gas costs 52 percent less than gasoline.

Expanding and Enhancing Infrastructure

  • Natural gas utilities operate the safest energy delivery system in the nation and are committed to continually enhancing that record. Natural gas utilities spend more than $19 billion annually to help enhance the safety of the more than 2.4 million miles of natural gas distribution and transmission systems they operate.
  • There are nearly 1.3 million miles of plastic pipe – the leading edge of advanced utility pipeline materials. In the past decade, natural gas utilities have installed updated plastic pipelines at a rate of 30,000 miles per year.
  • More than 15 states have adopted or are currently considering innovative proposals to expand natural gas systems, and that number is quickly growing.

Natural Gas is Clean and Efficient

  • Natural gas systems accounted for 75 percent of the decline in U.S. methane emissions from 2007 to 2011, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Emissions from natural gas distribution pipelines have been reduced by 16 percent in the past decade. Only 0.3 percent of produced natural gas is emitted from systems operated by local natural gas utilities.
  • The direct use of natural gas in America’s homes and businesses achieves 92 percent energy efficiency, and a household with natural gas vs. all-electric appliances produces 37 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Check out the complete 2014 AGA Playbook for more facts and to request hard copies, and visit to learn even more about America’s natural gas utilities.

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Christina Nyquist Watch: Natural Gas Utilities In Your Community

By safely and reliably delivering energy to fuel the daily needs of customers throughout the U.S., local natural gas utilities are essential members of the communities they serve. But many companies go beyond the daily business of providing natural gas – whether by supporting local charities and community projects, fostering sustainability and helping improve their local environment, or through countless other contributions that enhance the quality of life where they live and work. Two AGA member companies have created videos that demonstrate the vital role they play in their customers’ lives and the ways they contribute to their communities.

CPS Energy, based in San Antonio, Texas, runs an annual fundraising campaign to support the United Way. Employee contributions to the CPS Energy United Way Campaign fund several local charities including the Girl Scouts of Texas, Respite Care of San Antonio and City Year. During 2013, CPS Energy employees and retirees raised over $982,000 for the United Way Campaign through donations, agency events and sponsorships. Employees also logged 11,000 community service hours in 2013.

National Grid, which serves New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Massachussetts has a robust Corporate Responsibility strategy to help ensure that the company meets its communities’ needs today and into the future. Their video “Making connections: creating shared value,” highlights some of the local initiatives National Grid supports including City Year, Girls Inc., environmental and Earth Day projects and more.

Check out the Boston College Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Annual Film Festival to vote for your favorite video. Today is the last day to vote though, so act fast!


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Christina Nyquist Natural Gas, Renewables and Energy Efficiency will build a Sustainable Energy Future: Four Facts from the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

Released today, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy 2014 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook joins other insightful analyses demonstrating that natural gas will continue to serve as a foundation fuel – working alongside energy efficiency and renewable energy – in the nation’s clean and secure energy portfolio. Our nation’s energy economy will be built on a healthy combination of natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency. The 2014 Factbook helps confirm that all of these clean energy options can coexist as our nation builds a more secure, sustainable, efficient and affordable energy future.

Below the Infographic are four points from the 2014 Factbook illuminating the role natural gas has played and will continue to play in shaping today’s energy landscape.

BCSE Factbook Infographic

The 2014 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook Infographic illustrates how natural gas fits into a sustainable energy landscape.

Fact 1: Working alongside energy efficiency and renewable energy, natural gas has contributed to a nearly 11 percent decline in U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions since 2007.

The low emissions profile of natural gas means that greater use of this clean fuel driven by its relatively low price has contributed to a healthier environment.

Fact 2: Natural gas production and consumption both increased in 2013.

Our nation is producing more natural gas than ever before and we are using it wisely and more efficiently. Spurred by the relatively low price of natural gas due to abundant domestic supply, more Americans are turning to natural gas to meet their energy needs, yet doing so efficiently. A home today uses 45 percent less natural gas compared to a house in 1970, saving the customer almost $600 per year, according to EIA data and AGA analysis. Each year natural gas utilities devote nearly $1 billion to natural gas efficiency programs, and that number will continue to grow.

Fact 3: Natural gas use in the transportation sector has increased 38 percent since 2006.

Leaders in every sector of our economy are embracing natural gas for transportation – not because they are required to, but because it offers real savings, real stimulus and real solutions. The American Gas Foundation and IHS CERA recently released a study entitled “Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing it Home,” which found that a natural gas vehicle will save customers an average of $4,500 in fuel costs over five years compared to a gasoline vehicle while producing fewer tailpipe emissions.

Fact 4: Investments in midstream gas – transmission and distribution pipeline and storage – were $15.1 billion in 2013.

Enhancing and expanding the pipeline network that safely and reliably delivers natural gas is essential if we are to fully realize the benefits of this clean energy source for all Americans. Natural gas utilities are working hard with policymakers at every level to create mechanisms that advance both the modernization and expansion of their pipeline systems.

Natural gas will be the foundation for a secure energy future that has room for all clean energy solutions. Today, thanks to our nation’s abundant supply of clean natural gas, we do not need to choose between providing essential energy to people and protecting the planet. America’s natural gas utilities work alongside other clean and renewable energy sources to build a clean and affordable energy economy. All Americans stand to gain if we make investments and update our policies now to realize the full potential of natural gas.

The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is an important addition to the growing body of knowledge supporting a fact-based conversation about our energy choices. For more natural gas facts check out:


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