Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA)

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NGSA represents major integrated and large independent suppliers who drill for and supply approximately 30 percent of the natural gas produced in the United States.   Established in 1965, NGSA encourages the use of natural gas within a balanced national energy policy, and promotes competitive markets to ensure a reliable and efficient supply and transportation of natural gas to meet the needs of U.S. customers.  For general information about natural gas, go to and for information about the impact of natural gas jobs, go to

Successful U.S. Climate Policy Balances Economics & Environment

Clean natural gas is key to meeting U.S. economic, environmental, and energy goals. NGSA urges policymakers to establish uniform national climate change policies based on principles which ensure that the U.S. achieves a sustainable energy future. Basing climate legislation on principles such as a market based regulatory approach to carbon allowances with equitable distribution to all fuels will ensure that climate change policies are cost-effective and transparent.

Land Use Footprint

When determining the environmental impacts of electric generation, it is essential to consider the generators’ “footprint,” the amount of land used in generating electricity. Natural gas has the smallest footprint of gas-fired plants have become popular sources of electricity. For example, a gas-fired plant only covers less than ½ an acre of land but can supply 1,000 average households with electricity for a year. NGSA compares the footprints of different electric generation fuels in this paper.

Natural Gas Is Vital for Electric Power Generation

Natural gas-fired generation provides 20 percent of America’s electricity needs and it is expected to grow. Gas-fired generation is an essential component of our nation’s electric generation mix because natural gas plants can be started and stopped more quickly than other types of generators, have low emissions and allow the energy supplies to respond rapidly and efficiently to changes in the demand for electricity.