Full Title: Distributed Generation and Emerging Technologies
Author(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publisher(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
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Technological advances in the exploration and production of natural gas have dramatically increased the quantity of economically recoverable reserves in the United States. The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) estimates that there is enough natural gas to last more than 90 years at current consumption rates. The growing supply has put downward pressure on natural gas prices, making it an attractive and affordable energy source. Therefore, it is likely that natural gas consumption will increase in all sectors.
In 2010, residential and commercial buildings used natural gas for nearly 21 percent of their energy requirements (Figure 1). Electricity, created from various energy sources, is the most used energy form in these sectors.