There are many benefits to producing energy from natural gas such as low cost, increased availability, emissions benefits, and a better distribution network. To be able to transport renewable natural gas, it is necessary to convert it into a liquefied or compressed form for use in vehicles.
In the United States, petroleum consumption is very high so reducing this dependence is a step in the right direction and helps to support the economy and energy security. A large amount of the petroleum in the world is in countries that are politically volatile, and it leaves the United States vulnerable to disruptions in the supply of natural gas. U.S. natural gas reserves are more abundant so that it can be domestically produced and lesson the high demand for petroleum.
Natural gas storage tanks that are used for transportation help increase the range for larger vehicles and are more fuel efficient than alternative vehicles.
Natural gas vehicles are comparable to gasoline and diesel vehicles that are equipped with more modern emissions controls but reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 11%. These vehicles are also completely sealed, so there are no evaporative emissions escaping and getting into the environment.
In the United States, natural gas production through renewable methods has many benefits. Renewable natural gas is made from the decomposition of organic matter and reduces emissions by utilizing methane that would otherwise get into the atmosphere.
There are many vehicles that run on natural gas, and there are more options being developed steadily. It is also possible to convert existing diesel or gasoline vehicles so that they utilize natural gas as a form of fuel. The United States has a natural gas distribution in place, but it is still limited. Fleets that want to install their own natural gas fueling can be very costly is a bit of a deterrent.