Background on Natural Gas

Natural gas is an odorless fossil fuel found in many places in the United States, from oil fields to shale rock formations. Natural gas is cleaned and compressed prior to distribution, making it cleaner burning and easier to transport.

The chain from production to end-user can be reviewed at  www.naturalgas.org

Natural gas flame


Gas Conversion and Comparison

Energy Equivalents

1 Cubic foot of natural gas = approximately 1,000 BTU

100 Ccf (100 Cu. Ft.) of natural gas = approximately 100,000 BTU

1 Therm = 100,000 BTU

10 Therms = 1 Dekatherm

1 Dekatherm = 1,000,000 BTU = 1 MMBTU

1 Mcf (1,000 cu. ft.) of natural gas = 1,000,000 BTU

1 Mcf = 1 Dekatherm

1 BCF = 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas

1 Gallon of #2 fuel oil = approximately 140,000 BTU

1 Gallon of Propane = approximately 91,500 BTU

1 Kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity = 3,412 BTU

293 kWh of electricity = 1,000,000 BTU

1 Bushel of corn = approximately 314,000 BTU

1 Gallon of ethanol = approximately 76,100 BTU

1 Gallon of gasoline = approximately 114,100 BTU

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