Natural gas used to generate electricity is also making significant contributions to improving the environment. According to the US Energy Information Administration’s 2019 Annual Energy Outlook, natural gas used in power generation has grown to the point that 26 percent of the electricity produced in the US comes from natural gas, second only to the 34 percent generated from coal. Natural gas emits 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal and 30 percent less than oil.
The increased use of natural gas for electricity generation has helped drive down national power sector carbon dioxide emissions by 28 percent since 2005 – the lowest level since 1987, according to the EIA. And, carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. energy consumption are projected to remain flat or decrease slightly between now and 2050 due to falling emissions brought on by decreased coal and petroleum usage.
“The increased use of natural gas for generating electricity is a game changer in the quest for lowering greenhouse gas emissions,” Blankenship said. “Our members are committed to doing all they can to reduce their carbon footprint while providing cost-effective energy to power our homes and businesses.”
“The efforts of Dominion, ExxonMobil, Southwestern Energy and Antero Resources are just a few of many examples from companies operating in the state that have made significant commitments to reducing emissions and improving our environment,” Blankenship said. “Add to that the increased use of natural gas for power generation and the natural gas industry is leading the charge for a cleaner future.”
For additional information, contact Anne Blankenship at (304) 343-1609.