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Date: 5/11/2012
Type: Fact Sheet
Status: Active
NETL Contact: Timothy J. Skone, P.E.
Technology Focus Area(s): Carbon Storage; Advanced Combustion Systems; Advanced Turbines
Analysis Focus Area(s):
Author(s): Greg Cooney (Booz Allen Hamilton); James Littlefield (Booz Allen Hamilton); Joe Marriott (Booz Allen Hamilton); Robert Eckard; Timothy J Skone (NETL)

Product Description
This peer-reviewed analysis is one of a series of Technology Assessments of power production and evaluates the role of natural gas power in the future energy portfolio of the U.S. Natural gas power is evaluated with respect to resource base, growth potential, environmental profile, costs, barriers, risks, and expert opinions. Natural gas is seen as a cleaner burning and flexible alternative to other fossil fuels, and is used in residential, industrial, and transportation applications in addition to an expanding role in power production. New technologies have allowed increased domestic production of natural gas. The projected supply contributions afforded by new natural gas plays may keep the price of natural gas relatively low for the foreseeable future. Since natural gas is comprised mostly of methane, the control of fugitive emissions is imperative to reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas.