The final step in the logistics chain for natural gas is delivery to the burner-tip. This can be accomplished by Local Distribution Companies (“gas companies”), or pipelines can deliver gas directly to connected end-users. We generally classify the end-users as utility, residential, commercial, and industrial.
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The following lecture explains the function of Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) and presents various other natural gas end-user groups.
Key Learning Points for the Mini-Lecture: End-Users
While watching the Mini-Lecture, keep in mind the following key points and questions:
- Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) are gas utilities.
- LDCs lower the pressure of the gas coming from the transmission pipelines and distribute it to end-users.
- Electricy is produced by both public (utilities) and private companies.
- Generation can be simple-cycle, combined cycle, or co-generation.
- Natural gas is used in various commercial, residential, and industrial applications.
- The use of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) is growing.