Natural Gas Facts
Natural gas was formed by animal and plant remains pressurized by the earth, much in the same way that coal and oil are formed. For a history of natural gas, how it’s extracted and used, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration website. You can view a breakdown of who uses natural gas, and how, by clicking here.
There are approximately 1,000 public natural gas systems serving more than 5 million customers. These public natural gas utilities are not-for-profit retail distribution entities that are owned by and accountable to the citizens they serve. They include municipal gas distribution systems, public utility districts, county districts, and other public agencies that have natural gas distribution facilities. Falls City Utilities is one of those providers.
Having a local natural gas utility is good for the community for many reasons including:
#1 Local ControlHaving a public natural gas system gives a community local control over how gas is provided to homes and businesses. Decisions are made through citizen participation instead of being made in a distant city by people who do not understand local issues and who are primarily focused on profits instead of service.
#2 Competitive CostsIn order to offer fair and competitive rates, public natural gas systems operate as a not-for-profit entity. Public natural gas systems do not face pressure to pay dividends to stockholders.
#3 Local Jobs
Falls City Utilities creates jobs in Falls City. As a public natural gas system, we play a valuable role in helping communities broaden its tax base, and in turn improve the local economy and increase jobs. Public natural gas systems ensure that local dollars stay at home.
#4 Local Support
Customer service is based right here in Falls City. This means that you receive help and support from someone within the community who is committed to providing the highest level of service and to solving any issues that you might have. Plus, it’s easy to talk to us. Walk right in and see someone face to face.