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The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative is a collaboration of more than 40 research groups at Stanford University drawn from engineering, science, policy, geopolitical, and business disciplines that works with a consortium of industry partners and other external stakeholders to generate the knowledge needed to use natural gas to its greatest social, economic, and environmental benefit. 

We welcome new participants in our research and new members to our consortium any time. Please explore our website for more information.

“Why Stanford has a Natural Gas Initiative”, Mark Zoback, NGI Director.

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As governments in California increasingly consider limiting new residential natural gas connections, it is important to question whether banning natural gas is an “antidote to climate change.”

Californians can take great pride in our nation-leading increases in the fraction of renewables used to generate electricity. The total renewable fraction in 2018 is about 40%, including hydroelectricity. This is twice what it was a decade earlier. On a sunny summer day, California’s solar farms, rooftop installations, and wind provide roughly 50% of the electrical energy consumed at noon, but at midnight the fraction of electricity provided by renewables drops to about 20%. With the setting of the sun, solar electricity is replaced principally by natural gas fired electricity. The flexibility and fast response of natural gas power plants has enabled the rise in renewables, of which we are rightly proud, by providing the necessary backup and power to stabilize our grid.

Many Americans are ambivalent about natural gas, which produces less carbon dioxide than oil or coal but results in emission of methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas in the short term. Stanford experts weigh in on the subtleties of the issue. 


Sustaining Members
BPX Energy

Corporate Members
American Petroleum Institute
Aramco Services
Azimuth Capital Management
Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Gas Technology Institute
Pacific Gas & Electric
Pipeline Research Council International 
Seven Generations Energy
Southern California Gas Co.

Basic Members
Gulfport Energy
Kerogen Capital

Anadarko Petroleum
Gulf Energy Information
IHS Markit
Pritzker Innovation Fund
The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

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The Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI)
397 Panama Mall, Mitchell Building
Stanford, CA 94305-2215
Naomi Boness
Managing Director
650 736 2716