Natural Gas Utilities

Natural Gas

Natural gas is a domestic energy resource that reduces the United States’ need to import oil from around the world.  Most of the natural gas consumed in the United States is produced in the United States. Some is imported from Canada and shipped to the United States in pipelines.

Gas utilities serve homes and businesses across Minnesota.  Natural gas reaches commercial and residential customers in Minnesota through a distribution system that includes pipelines of different sizes that help bring the gas into Minnesota and then distribute in a pressurized natural gas system to customers.  Most of the natural gas used in Minnesota is for heating homes and businesses.  Today, gas is also being used in new ways such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel source for commercial and personal use trucks, mass transit vehicles and automobiles.

Natural gas is important to our energy mix

Natural gas is the cleanest burning and most efficient fossil fuel, producing over 40 percent less carbon dioxide than coal. It makes up nearly one-fourth of all of the energy used in the United States and has reduced emissions when compared with coal and oil. The use of natural gas continues to increase as new supplies are discovered and more ways to use gas are developed.

  • Consumption of natural gas will increase 11 percent by 2030, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that there are 2,203 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas that is technically recoverable in the United States. At the rate of U.S. natural gas consumption in 2011 of about 24 Tcf per year, 2,203 Tcf of natural gas is enough to last about 100 years.
  • Most of the growth in natural gas demand comes from electricity generators that have turned to natural gas because it is abundant, cost effective, clean burning and available within the borders of the United States.
  • Some companies in the Upper Midwest are converting segments of their trucking fleets to compressed natural gas vehicles to save money and reduce emissions.

Natural Gas Service Providers in Minnesota

More information about Natural Gas:

The American Gas Association and the U.S. Energy Information Administration have more information and background about gas, how we use it, and how important it is to our economy.

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