• What is it?

  • Why is it important?

Natural gas generated nearly 40% of New York’s electric power in 2019 alone, providing our communities reliable, affordable and abundant energy.

As a result of the growing use of natural gas, U.S. carbon emissions are at the lowest they’ve been in a generation, declining by 30% between 2005 to 2019, even as the economy grew 28%. Natural gas is a safe, abundant and less carbon-intensive energy source that all New Yorkers can benefit from.

Additionally, the natural gas and oil industry helps fund critical community needs, support local manufacturing jobs, and fuel our economy. Between 2012 and 2025, the oil and natural gas industry is projected to provide $1.6 trillion in federal and state tax revenue – vital funding that supports schools, hospitals and public infrastructure across the country.

Natural gas helps power New York while keeping energy affordable and reliable.

  • Natural gas-fueled power plants generated nearly 40% of the state’s electric power in 2019.
  • Natural gas helps increase grid reliability—less black and brown outs—by providing power when the sun isn’t out and the wind isn’t blowing.
  • The average U.S. residential gas customer will pay $572 for winter energy compared with $1,209 for households using electricity for heating—a difference of 111%.
  • Research shows that, depending on appliance models and the configuration of your home, if your household was forced to go full electric, it could cost you more than $25,600 in additional costs to replace those major appliances.

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