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.
- 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.
- 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.