In case you haven’t noticed, North America is in the middle of a natural gas revolution. New techniques in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have unearthed massive reserve potential across the continent. The energy industry has been tapping America’s shale at a rapid pace to take advantage of this potential.
That potential hasn’t been lost on end-users, either.
Utilities have switched to the cheaper and cleaner-burning fuel, while residential and commercial consumption continues to spike. In total, data supplied by the Energy Information Administration shows that, through May of this year, demand for natural gas increased by 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. That demand is only set to grow as the U.S. begins to export this bounty.
All of this potential for higher natural gas prices, earnings and production raises the question — just exactly how can the average investor cash in on this opportunity?
Here are five of the top ways.