Powered by Natural Gas: Power for our Future? Essay Contest

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August 15, 2011
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Powered by Natural Gas: Power for our Future? Essay Contest

An environmentally friendly and efficient energy source, natural gas is the cleanest-burning conventional fuel, producing lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions than heavier hydrocarbon fuels such as coal and oil. In fact, natural gas emits 50% less carbon per kilowatt-hour than coal. Historically, natural gas also has been one of the most economical energy sources. Natural gas fuels electric power generators, heats buildings and is used as a raw material in many consumer products, such as those made of traditional plastics.

Dismissed as a useless byproduct of crude oil production until the second half of the 20th century, natural gas now accounts for 23 percent of the world’s energy consumption. Tell us in 250 words or less how we are using natural gas today in our homes, business, and how we might use this clean burning fuel to reduce energy costs and air pollution in the future.

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. All awards are Gift Cards. First place winners will receive $50 , second place $25, and third place will receive $15.00. Kindergarten winners only will
receive a $10.00 Award for all places instead of the above prizes.

There are five Prize categories:

Kindergarten: Can draw a picture with 2-3 sentences about the concept.
Elementary School (grades 1-2) Middle School (grades 6-8)
Elementary School (grades 3-5) High School (grades 9-12)

Contest Criteria
The Essays should be no more than 250 words in length. Each essay MUST contain the author’s grade, school, and phone number to be considered.

    Deadline for submissions is September 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM.

Submissions may be mailed or delivered to:
MEEC
14306 Park Ave
Victorville, CA 92392
Winners will be notified by phone & invited to attend the So. California Gas Company Essay
Contest Presentation October 12, 2011 at the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District
Office at 14306 Park Ave, Victorville.
For further information, please call Christie Robinson at: (760) 245-1661 ext 6101
All submissions become the property of MEEC and Southern California Gas Company