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Major advances in natural gas production have fundamentally changed the energy outlook in the United States and much of the world.

A decade ago in the U.S., natural gas supplies were declining, liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals were expanding, and the heavy reliance on coal for electrical power generation seemed impenetrable. The revolution in natural gas production has thrust this resource into the global spotlight as a potential bridge to a cleaner energy future. This development has raised hopes, along with concerns and complex questions about global energy, the world economy, and the environment.

Stanford faculty, students, and researchers are world-renowned experts in research and discovery related to energy resources, with a particular focus on producing resources efficiently and with as few negative consequences as possible. The university is well positioned to address the complex global questions surrounding the development and utilization of natural gas in a climate-constrained and increasingly energy-intensive world.

The new Natural Gas Initiative (NGI) at Stanford, hosted by the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Precourt Institute for Energy, engages faculty across the university to carry out the many types of research needed to ensure that natural gas is developed and used in ways that are economically, environmentally, and societally optimal. In the context of Stanford’s innovative and entrepreneurial culture, the initiative will support, improve, and extend the university’s ongoing efforts related to energy and the environment.

All NGI Memberships are subject to Stanford University Policies for Industry Affiliates Programs.

Affiliates for NGI include: