Natural Gas

Natural Gas

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Facts

Chemical Composition:

  • Natural gas is a mixture of simple hydrocarbon compounds and consists primarily of methane
  • It also contains trace amounts of hydrocarbons, such as ethane and propane and other gases, after being delivered via pipeline

Origins:

  • Natural gas is usually found in deep underground reservoirs formed by porous rock
  • According to the prevailing scientific theory, natural gas was formed millions of years ago when plants and tiny sea animals were buried by sand and rock, and continued to build up until the the pressure and heat from the earth turned them into natural gas

Measurement:

  • Natural gas is measured by volume, but sold by heating value or heat content. Volume is measured in cubic feet (CF), and heat value in British Thermal Units (BTUs)

Natural Gas & Florida:

  • Approximately 97% of Florida’s population is located in counties served by natural gas
  • 60 of Florida’s 67 counties have natural gas service available
  • Florida ranks 3rd nationally for total energy consumption
  • Florida uses 894 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually, with roughly 85% attributed to the generation of electricity

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