Thursday, September 27, 2012

2011 Natural Gas Flow

One of my favorite images in each year's EIA Annual Energy Review is the Natural Gas Flow.  In a single image you can see where gas comes from and where it goes.  A simple but powerful tool to understand the natural gas market in the U.S.

Or maybe I just like it because it looks like Sigmund the Sea Monster and it reminds me of my childhood.


Anonymous said...

I think the saddest appendage is the 0.72 that went for transportation. It is a testament to our unwillingness as a society to demand from our elected officials that cng conversions be made economically possible via major tax credits. We allow ourselves to be led around like blind cows while our own government drains our udders without mercy.

Robert Hutchinson said...

Unfortunately we live in a political age where spending money is unpopular and polarizing (and subsidies is spending money).

While I think there is a "market solution" where trucks and buses, be they long haul or local area fleet vehicles, will start to adapt natural gas, it will take a while for the fueling infrastructure to be built.

I don't see CNG passenger cars really catching on until there are some subsidies put in place, even if they are fairly meager. Everyday people (i.e. those who don't make every decision a business decision) don't make major changes without some kind of catalyst. You need something to spark the change.