Coronavirus, cheap natural gas and building electrification

GreenBiz

Will the spectacular drop in natural gas prices throttle the movement to electrify buildings? Building Electrification COVID-19 Energy & Climate Power Points Renewable EnergyWhat's driving the coming collision.

How to Decarbonize Natural Gas

GreenTechMedia

It’s too early for a postmortem on what happened, but we know that the cold affected all fuel sources, and most of all, natural gas. Wellheads and gas lines froze. Gas supplies were diverted to residential heating rather than power.

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Natural Gas And Wind Freeze Up When The Going Gets Tough

Jim Conca

Texas’ energy mix of mostly gas and wind did not do well with this week’s extreme cold snap. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Green Tech /green-tech Business energy

The risky economics of the new natural gas infrastructure in the United States

GreenBiz

Low natural gas prices have helped to shutter many coal plants. Watch a similar effect on natural gas generators as clean energy becomes more affordable. Natural Gas Renewable Energy

Puget Sound Energy wants 14% increase on natural-gas bills

CleanTech Alliance

Source: David Gutman, Seattle Times, October 24, 2019 Puget Sound Energy wants to increase natural-gas bills by 14%, about $8 a month for a typical customer and the latest in a slew of rate increases from local utilities. The utility is adjusting its rates to reflect wholesale natural-gas prices over the past year, which were […].

Natural Gas And The New Deathprint For Energy

Jim Conca

With mounting deaths from natural gas and oil rig explosions, it is good to review the deathprint, or the number of people killed per kWh produced, of our energy sources. It is greatest for coal and least for nuclear, with natural gas having the greatest number of accidental deaths

Net Zero Natural Gas Plant -- The Game Changer

Jim Conca

The Allam cycle involves burning gas with oxygen instead of air to generate electricity without emitting any CO2 or NOx. At a cost below any other energy source An actual game changing technology is being demonstrated as we speak by Net Power. It also produces pipeline-ready CO2 and even water.

Where Does the Natural Gas ‘Bridge’ End?

GreenTechMedia

ABU DHABI — The role of natural gas is one of the stickier points of debate related to the global energy transition, and that debate was on full display here this month. Meg Gentle, president and CEO of Houston-based gas company Tellurian, argued that natural gas is a key driver of the energy transition and is already lowering emissions by replacing dirtier fuels like coal and oil. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the U.S.

Drax Cancels Plan to Build Europe’s Largest Natural Gas Power Plant

GreenTechMedia

Plans for a new 3.6-gigawatt natural gas power plant in the U.K. It would have been the largest gas plant in Europe and, unsurprisingly, drew the attention of environmental groups. GW of new gas peaker plants split across four sites in the U.K.

The Stranded Asset Threat to Natural Gas

GreenTechMedia

There are $70 billion worth of natural-gas-fired power plants planned in the U.S. New modeling from the Rocky Mountain Institute shows that more than 60 gigawatts of new gas plants are already economically challenged by those technologies. And by the mid-2030s, existing gas plants will be under threat. Could we eventually see tens of gigawatts of stranded gas plants? through the mid-2020s.

Duke Energy Faces Challenges to Its Push for New Natural Gas Plants

GreenTechMedia

Tuesday’s filings add new data to longstanding critiques of Duke’s integrated resource plan (IRP) for its North and South Carolina utilities Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress. gigawatts of new natural gas capacity.

Natural Gas Performed Heroically In Texas, Until It Didn’t

R-Squared Energy

In a recent article for WIRED — The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather — I detailed some of the primary causes behind the recent power outages in Texas. If you only look at this graphic, then natural gas is the hero of the story.

Analysis: The Natural Gas Industry Is Trying To Deny How Affordable Renewable Energy Is

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 10 mins Fossil fuel industry supporters and climate deniers are pushing a new climate falsehood when it comes to renewable energy: that natural gas offers a more affordable future. Tags: New Jersey Master Energy Plan economic denialism

Renewable natural gas is crucial to diversify our clean energy sources

Renewable Energy World

Electrification of everything is not necessarily the best path to decarbonization if was also want reliable energy delivery, argues David Cox. David Cox, Founder and CFO of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. The majority of consumers want clean energy options.

Texas Blackout Hearings Highlight Intertwined Risks of Natural Gas, Power Grid and Deregulated Market

GreenTechMedia

The catastrophic breakdown of Texas’ natural gas and electricity system last week lacks a single villain to blame for it all. “If natural gas is compromised, the power system is going to be compromised,” NRG President Mauricio Gutierrez told lawmakers.

Natural Gas Came Up Short During Texas’ Freeze But Propane Delivered

Forbes Green Tech

Natural gas feel short but the propane sector says it can fill a critical gap and keep the lights on. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Green Tech /green-tech Business energy

U.S. renewable energy additions completely overwhelm those by natural gas in first months of 2020

Solar Power World

electrical generating capacity added during the first two months of 2020 — completely overwhelming that provided by natural gas. FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through February 29, 2020) also… The post U.S.

The North American Natural Gas Industry Is Struggling—Here's Why

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 7 mins Last year, the financial prospects for the North American natural gas market were looking grim , as nervous investors started pulling back and producers announced big spending cuts and layoffs.

UGI Utilities to distribute renewable natural gas from Pennsylvania landfill

Renewable Energy World

An electric and gas utility in Pennsylvania and Maryland has signed a deal to bring renewable natural gas from a landfill into its distribution system. s agreement with Archaea Energy is the company’s first RNG supply interconnect agreement.

Renewables Overtake Coal, Thanks To Natural Gas

R-Squared Energy

Last week the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported something extraordinary. The brief was based on the EIA’s Monthly Energy Review. The Monthly Energy Review highlights all categories of U.S. energy consumption. quads of natural gas.

Green Hydrogen in Natural Gas Pipelines: Decarbonization Solution or Pipe Dream?

GreenTechMedia

Can carbon-free hydrogen augment, or even replace, the fossil natural gas running through pipelines to fuel furnaces, boilers, stoves and other building applications today? Natural gas utilities around the world are seeking real-world answers to these kinds of questions.

Rethinking Future Investments in Natural Gas Infrastructure

GreenTechMedia

Cities and utilities across the United States are starting to reject natural gas — and not just for environmental reasons. Increasingly, the compelling economics of clean energy alternatives play a major role in these decisions. San Jose, the tenth largest city in the country, recently joined a string of cities banning gas utility connections for new homes and buildings. Nonetheless, the rush to gas continues.

Four ways EPA methane rollbacks threaten American natural gas

EDF + Business

By Ben Ratner At the behest of the American Petroleum Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to eliminate nationwide limits on methane pollution, sending America’s natural gas industry backwards to the days of uncontrolled emissions. This dangerous proposal threatens the climate, the communities living near oil and gas development and the increasingly vulnerable status of American natural gas in a transition to a net-zero carbon emission economy.

Trend: Commercial buildings go all-electric

GreenBiz

Buildings Electrification Natural Gas Oil & Gas Renewable Energy State of Green Business 2020All signs point to the next generation of commercial buildings becoming all-electric.

Natural Gas Is Core To The New Energy Economy — The One Created By Joe Biden

Forbes Green Tech

Joe Biden spearheaded the New Energy Economy — the one that relies on clean energy, including natural gas. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Green Tech /green-tech Editors' Pick editors-pick Business energy

U.S. Dominance In The Natural Gas Sector Is Growing

R-Squared Energy

This article is the third in a series on the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply and demand for major energy sources on a country-level basis. Today, I want to cover the production and consumption of natural gas.

Natural Gas Microgrids Do What Solar and Batteries Alone Can?t for California Resiliency, Report Says

GreenTechMedia

Earlier this year, Pacific Gas & Electric faced pushback from environmental and solar and energy storage industry groups to a plan to deploy natural gas generators to back up communities facing multi-day fire-prevention blackouts.

Dominion Energy Highlights Move from Natural Gas to Offshore Wind in Q3 Earnings Call

GreenTechMedia

Dominion Energy marked two key milestones in its Thursday third-quarter earnings call — its exit from its interstate natural gas pipeline business, and its latest steps toward building the mid-Atlantic’s first gigawatt-scale offshore wind farm. billion deal was announced on the same July day that it canceled its Atlantic Coast Pipeline project with Duke Energy. A major chunk of that clean energy — 5.1

Massachusetts Moves to Follow California, New York in Planning for Natural Gas Phaseout

GreenTechMedia

Massachusetts may become just the third state, after California and New York, to begin planning for a managed decline of its conventional natural gas industry. In other words, if Massachusetts is to meet its legally binding carbon targets, there is no future for fossil gas.

What businesses need to know about Berkeley’s historic natural gas ban

GreenBiz

Energy & Climate Renewable Energy VERGE 19The current ordinance will have a very narrow impact on developers, but it is encouraging other cities to move forward. Meanwhile, companies are taking electrification into their own hands.

Report finds consumers could save $29 billion if clean energy replaced proposed natural gas plants

Solar Power World

investments in electricity generation have reached a historic tipping point: combinations of solar, wind, storage, efficiency and demand response are now less expensive than most proposed gas power plant projects. The economics guiding U.S.

California’s Shift From Natural Gas to Solar Is Playing a Role in Rolling Blackouts

GreenTechMedia

California was beset by its first rolling blackouts since the 2001 energy crisis, as a heatwave slammed the Western U.S. However, if a heat wave occurs that impacts a broader area than [the territory of] CAISO, the availability of surplus energy to import into the CAISO could be diminished.”

Renewables Set to Overtake Natural Gas in US Power Mix, the EIA Says (Finally)

GreenTechMedia

Energy Information Administration (EIA) has finally come around to the view that renewables will overtake natural gas in the country’s electricity mix. The EIA has long been known for its conservative if not incredible predictions about renewable energy.

Report: Push for Renewable Natural Gas Is More Gas Industry 'Greenwashing'

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 9 mins “Renewable natural gas,” or RNG , is an alternative gas fuel that comes from landfills, manure, or synthetic processes. That's opposed to the fossil gas that drillers traditionally pump out of underground reserves in oil and gas fields.

This Startup’s Building A Factory To Sustainably Turn Natural Gas Into Fertilizer

Forbes Green Tech

Monolith Materials’ technology keeps CO2 out of the atmosphere by turning natural gas into a variety of useful products.

Massachusetts Locals Accuse Town Mayor Of ‘Colluding’ With Enbridge Over Controversial Natural Gas Project

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 13 mins Residents of Weymouth, Massachusetts, are raising questions about a deal made between the city and multi-billion dollar Canadian energy pipeline company Enbridge, Inc.,

What You Need To Know About Natural Gas Power

AGreenLiving

This is the final article in a six-part series that explores … The post What You Need To Know About Natural Gas Power appeared first on Earth911.com. Originally posted here: What You Need To Know About Natural Gas Power.

With Coal’s Decline, Pennsylvania Communities Watch the Rise of Natural Gas-fueled Plastics

DeSmogBlog

The juxtaposition of these two projects, in which one powerful fossil fuel supply rises as the other falls, reflects the broader pattern of changing energy sources in America.

Orsted Sells LNG Unit, But Says Its Natural Gas Business Isn’t Going Anywhere

GreenTechMedia

Danish energy company Ørsted has sold off its LNG unit but will hang on to its gas trading business. The firm, previously known as Danish Oil and Natural Gas, sold its upstream fossil fuels business to Ineos in 2017 and is phasing coal out of its generation mix by 2023. A spokesperson for the company told GTM the rest of its gas business was unlikely to be divested. The firm has a series of legacy gas contracts and no existing plans to sell them.

Natural gas to be ‘substantial part’ of Singapore's energy mix for next 50 years

Eco-Business

Besides use of the fossil fuel, the city-state plans to boost solar adoption, tap regional power grids and other low-carbon alternatives, and manage energy consumption

Dow embraces circularity. and fossil fuels

GreenBiz

Circular Economy chemical recycling Dow GreenBiz 20 Natural Gas Renewable Energy Solar Wind PowerDow is looking to lead on the circular economy — not so much on moving away from fossil fuels.

Supreme Court to Decide Eminent Domain Case

Energy and Cleantech Council

New Jersey , involves a FERC-approved natural gas pipeline that would pass through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. PennEast invoked the federal government’s eminent domain power under the Natural Gas Act to claim easements over New Jersey-owned lands. The U.S.

Natural gas leaks are a much bigger problem than we thought

Grist

Natural gas has been touted as a green energy source by some because, when burned for fuel, it emits less CO2 than coal. But before that happens, leaks from across the natural gas supply chain — from the drilling process to gas stoves — can unintentionally vent methane into the atmosphere. That’s especially bad news, since methane is roughly 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2.