According to a new study released Sept. 22 by the American Gas Foundation (AGF), technological advancements in end use applications will position natural gas to remain a key component in an energy efficient, low-carbon future in the United States. By capitalizing on research, development and demonstration (RD&D) opportunities for natural gas end uses in the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors, the study finds that natural gas industry can meet today’s and future energy demands cleanly, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Prepared by Neil Leslie of the Gas Technology Institute, a not-for-profit research and development organization, the study suggests that additional significant reductions in carbon emissions can be achieved by integrating natural gas with renewable energy systems such as solar thermal and biomethane.
By implementing the proposed RD&D programs outlined in the report, says AGF, the United States would reduce energy use by more than five quads and CO2 emissions by nearly 440 million metric tons by 2030, thereby saving customers $4–$9 billion annually, while significantly decreasing impact on the environment.
The executive summary and the complete “Natural Gas End Use: A Vision for Today and the Future” study are available on the AGF web site at www.gasfoundation.org.