Advancing technologies that minimize the environmental impacts of domestic energy production.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that U.S. consumption and production of petroleum will grow gradually through 2050, with production slightly exceeding consumption. Production and consumption of natural gas are expected to grow as well, but with natural gas production growing approximately twice as fast as consumption. Tight oil plays will remain responsible for more than two-thirds of domestic oil production, while shale gas and associated natural gas from tight oil plays will remain the primary contributors to growth in U.S. natural gas production over the next few decades. Accordingly, as the United States works to transition to renewable energy and hydrogen, oil and natural gas will remain key portions of our energy diet and economically important elements of our exports. Ensuring that fossil energy production practices minimize environmental impacts must be a critical feature of our future energy sector.
The overarching objectives of NETL’s Environmentally Prudent Stewardship (EPS) research include: