As more clean energy solutions are developed, natural gas will be the foundation on which they can stand.
Natural gas provides environmental benefits: increased use of gas can help address several environmental concerns simultaneously, including smog, acid rain and greenhouse gas emissions.
Millions of homes and businesses have connected to the U.S. natural gas delivery system – at a rate of more than one customer per minute, on average. Despite this growth, during the past 20 years, carbon dioxide emissions from the residential, commercial and industrial natural gas sectors have been virtually unchanged. At Southern Company Gas, we reduced our annual methane emissions by 50% while growing our system by 20% between 1998 and 2018.
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Natural gas will be a critical partner in the growth of renewables. We foresee numerous opportunities to leverage our existing infrastructure to support clean energy, such as renewable natural gas and hydrogen. Additionally, solar plants rely on gas daily to maximize solar power capacity by jumpstarting operations, as well as to maintain system reliability under any circumstances.
As evidenced by recent events in California, natural gas also can play a critical role supporting resiliency and reliability.
In the past two decades, we've mitigated more than 3.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere. The methane reductions are the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of removing more than 700,000 cars from our highways for a year.
Compared with diesel and gasoline, natural gas can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 to 30 percent. The exhaust emissions of natural gas vehicles, when compared to those of gasoline and diesel vehicles, offer reductions of common urban pollutants:
We work with federal, state and local leaders to meet our shared clean energy goals while also creating thousands of good-paying, local clean energy jobs.