The power sector accounts for about one-third of U.S. natural gas consumption.
Natural gas-fired power plants have low operating costs, have a small land footprint and generate relatively few emissions.
Because of its environmental characteristics, increased use of natural gas has driven CO2 savings in the United States 2005-2018.
- Natural gas has become the fuel of choice for new power plants built since the 1990s.
- There are almost 1,800 natural gas power plants in the United States.
Building our clean energy future in an affordable and reliable way will require strategic use of our resources.
- Natural gas works with renewables to ensure smooth transitions when the weather does not cooperate with electric demand.
Many states now require utilities to lower emissions and to use more wind and solar energy. The reliability of natural gas enables that to happen.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has projected natural gas prices to remain low through 2050.
Natural gas-fired plants help meet our energy needs, advance clean air goals and cycle on and off rapidly to coincide with daily peaks in demand for electricity – and they are faster, more affordable and use less land than other power plants.