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.
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:
- 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.
- Electricity 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.