Natural gas is an extremely valued resource in our society and is believed by many to be the most important energy
source for the future. It is widely regarded as the cleanest of fossil fuels, and as a result, many regions are
increasing their use of this resource due to environmental regulations. Energy from natural gas accounts for almost 25
percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, making it a vital component of the nation's energy supply.
The topic of energy in the United States is near the top of today's public agenda. The Energy Information
Administration in its Annual Energy Outlook 2009 estimates that natural gas demand in the United States will continue
to rise for the next twenty years. It is important to note that the steady climb in demand for natural gas could
accelerate as climate change legislation grows demand for low-carbon fuels such as clean natural gas.
The U.S. demand for electricity is expected to increase about 50 percent by 2030, and gas-fired electricity
generation is easily the fastest-growing domestic natural gas market. Increased demand for electricity means increased
natural gas demand. In addition to electricity generation, gas has many other uses, including manufacturing, chemical
plants, commercial and residential use.
The availability of natural gas, worldwide as well as domestically, coupled with its environmental soundness and
multiple applications across all sectors, means that natural gas is likely to continue to play an increasingly
important role in meeting the demand for energy in the United States.