Getting Gas Right: Natural Gas Analysis

The Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) brings objective views and expert analysis to topics like natural gas that are critical to our energy system transformation. By doing so, JISEA helps move discussion forward on a productive path. Leading-edge natural gas analysis work reflects JISEA's commitment to "Getting Gas Right."

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Why Natural Gas?

Unconventional natural gas, and specifically shale gas, is reshaping the U.S. energy sector in ways that breach the boundaries of traditional energy sector analysis and touch on areas as diverse as foreign policy and industrial dynamics.

To help inform both the national and international dialogue on natural gas, JISEA focuses on topics critical to decision makers and investors: greenhouse gas emissions, regulatory interventions, synergies with renewables, water impacts, and the portfolio of generation in the power sector.

Natural gas analysis fits naturally into the JISEA mission to provide leading-edge, objective, high-impact research and analysis to inform global energy investment and policy decisions.

Our Natural Gas Portfolio

In 2011, JISEA published its first major report in a series of studies on natural gas and the U.S. energy sector. Titled Natural Gas and the Transformation of the U.S. Energy Sector: Electricity, the report provides a new methodological approach to estimate natural gas related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, tracks trends in regulatory and voluntary industry practices, and explores various electricity futures.

In the journal Science, JISEA provided the first estimate of life cycle GHG emissions using an independent data set. The study finds that life cycle GHG emissions associated with electricity generated from 2009 Barnett Shale gas were very similar to conventional natural gas and less than half of those from coal-fired electricity generation.

JISEA's ongoing work explores economic, environmental, and systems impacts of natural gas development and use.

Related Work

Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems

Exploring the Potential Business Case for Synergies between Natural Gas and Renewable Energy

Opportunities for Synergy Between Natural Gas and Renewable Energy in the Electric Power and Transportation Sectors

Shale Gas 201: Further Exploration of a Domestic Resource (2014 Update)

From Rational Middle Energy Series.