In a world with changing energy needs, natural gas often gets overlooked on the list of electricity fuel sources. To define natural gas, however, consider a sustainable, affordable and renewable choice for energy production. One of the main benefits of natural gas is its availability. Its heavier counterpart, petroleum is often found in unstable and politically volatile areas of the world, making it vulnerable to disruption anytime something happens anywhere along the supply chain. On the other hand, natural gas reserves are plentiful within the United States, it’s produced within the country not only cutting out transportation cost but making itself stand out as a safe option.
In addition to this, the environmental impact of natural gas is less than petroleum, cutting lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 11% (83% if running on RNG – Renewable natural gas). On top of this, some Compressed natural gas systems are totally sealed, which means that there is actually zero evaporative emissions from that system. As a further benefit, renewable natural gas is created by capturing biogas from decomposing organic materials. This means it’s using both wastes from landfill and the like and natural waste from livestock. This greatly reduces that methane from entering the atmosphere, which in turn reduces emissions, as a greenhouse gas methane is 25 times worse than carbon dioxide. By creating biogas through anaerobic digestion, the by-products are less offensive smells and a supplement rich compost.
With the benefits of natural gas coming to light, more and more systems are fitting new systems to naturally use gas or are retro-fitting to adapt to using natural gas. Also, there is an extensive current infrastructure to support natural gas distribution, although many areas of the country do not have as many local stations to distribute the gas on a local level, despite its growing uses. As the use of natural gas grows, the demand to expand ways to distribute will as well.