Natural gas is an important part of the cooperatives’ fuel portfolio, accounting for approximately seven percent of the electricity cooperatives generate and purchase for consumers. Natural gas is a clean, reliable and efficient fuel for electric generation.
Natural gas is obtained through drilling, often in the same locations, both onshore and offshore, as oil production. The raw gas product is chemically processed to remove impurities and then transported across the nation via an elaborate network of interstate pipelines. Cooperatives purchase the fuel from local natural gas distribution companies, directly from gas producers or through gas marketers.
Domestic production accounts for most of the natural gas our nation uses today. While domestic supplies had been dwindling while demand grew, new technology in the form of economical extraction of natural gas from shale and oil sands has produced a surplus of natural gas. Indications are that this is a vast potential for future gas supplies.