Natural Gas

What is Natural Gas?

 

Natural gas is made up of hydrocarbon gases, primarily methane, naturally occurring in rock formations deep below the earth’s surface.  The natural gas is withdrawn and transported to homes and businesses through an underground system of pipes.

 

Why use Natural Gas?

 

Natural gas is a fuel of choice because it is:

  • Efficient
  • Clean-burning (emits few pollutants)
  • Plentiful
  • Safe

Who uses Natural Gas?

 

The main groups of natural gas users are:

  • Residential users use natural gas for furnaces, pool/spa heaters, gas lights, vehicles, stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, grills, standby generators, and space heaters.
  • Commercial users use natural gas in businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and hospitals.
  • Industrial users use natural gas for heating processes and as fuel for the generation of steam.
  • Electric utilities use natural gas to generate electricity.
  • Natural gas pipeline companies use natural gas as a fuel to run compressor units.