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The Future of Natural Gas

The Future of Natural Gas is the fourth in a series of MIT multidisciplinary reports examining the role of various energy sources that may be important for meeting future demand under carbon dioxide emissions constraints. In each case, we explore the steps needed to enable competitiveness in a future marketplace conditioned by a CO2 emissions price. Often overlooked in past debates about the future of energy in the U.S., natural gas is finding its place at the heart of the energy discussion. Natural gas is a major fuel for multiple end uses — electricity, industry, heating — and is increasingly discussed as a potential pathway to reduced oil dependence for transportation. In addition, the realization over the last few years that the producible unconventional gas resource in the U.S. is very large has intensified the discussion about natural gas as a “bridge” to a low-carbon future.


Study Participants

Ernest Moniz - Chair Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, MIT MITEI
Anthony Meggs - Co-Chair Visiting Engineer MITEI
Stephen Connors Research Scientist MITEI
Qudsia Ejaz Postdoctoral Associate MITEI
Joseph Hezir Visiting Engineer MITEI
Gordon Kaufman Morris A. Adelman Professor of Management (Emeritus) MIT
Melanie Kenderdine Executive Director MITEI
Ignacio Perez-Arriaga Visiting Professor Engineering Systems Division, MIT
Carolyn Seto Clare Boothe Luce Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Mort Webster Assistant Professor Engineering Systems Division, MIT
Yingxia Yang MITEI MIT Study on the Future of Natural Gas iii

Contributing Authors

Carolyn Ruppel Visiting Scientist Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT

Graduate Research Assistants

Sarah Fletcher
Mike Hagerty Exelon – MIT Energy Fellow
Orghenerume Kragha
Tommy Leung Cummins – MIT Energy Fellow
Paul Murphy Total – MIT Energy Fellow
Anil Rachokonda
Karen Tapia-Ahumada GTI – MIT Energy Fellow
Ibrahim Toukan Constellation – MIT Energy Fellow
Dogan Ucok
Yuan Yao

Advisory Committee Members

Thomas McLarty, III - Chairman President & CEO McLarty Associates
Denise Bode CEO American Wind Energy Association
Ralph Cavanagh Senior Attorney and Co-Director of Energy Program Natural Resource Defense Council
Sunil Deshmukh Founding Member Sierra Club India Advisory Council
Joseph Dominguez Exelon Corporation
Ron Edelstein Gas Technology Institute
Neal Elliott Associate Director for Research American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
John Hess Chairman and CEO Hess Corporation
James Jensen President Jensen Associates
Senator (ret.) J. Bennett Johnston Chairman Johnston Associates
Vello Kuuskraa President Advance Resources International, Inc.
Mike MIng President Research Partnership to Secure Energy to America
Theodore Roosevelt IV Managing Director & Chairman Barclays Capital Clean Tech Initiative
Octavio Simoes Vice President of Commercial Development Sempra Energy
Greg Staple CEO American Clean Skies Foundation
Peter Tertzakian Chief Energy Economist and Managing Director ARC Financial
David Victor Director Laboratory on International Law and Regulation, University of California, San Diego
Armando Zamora Director ANH-Agencia Nacional De Hidrocarburos