Coronavirus, cheap natural gas and building electrification

GreenBiz

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

Renewable Natural Gas: Today’s Carbon-Negative Fuel

GreenBiz

Renewable Natural Gas: Today’s Carbon-Negative Fuel. Renewable natural gas sits at the intersection of two critical challenges: addressing increased emissions from organic waste and laying the foundation for zero carbon transportation across all sectors.?

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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.

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

Natural Gas And Renewables Will Rule America’s Electricity Future

Jim Conca

As much as wind and solar are increasing, natural gas is increasing more. And gas will continue to grow faster than all other sources in the United States for some time. By mid-century, gas should exceed 50% of our generation, with renewables in second at over 25

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. An actual game changing technology is being demonstrated as we speak by Net Power. It also produces pipeline-ready CO2 and even water. At a cost below any other energy source

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 […].

The U.S. Maintains Its Natural Gas Dominance

R-Squared Energy

Today I delve into the data on natural gas production and consumption. had dominated global natural gas production until the 1980s, at which time it ceded the lead to Russia. Natural gas production had been in decline in the U.S. Natural Gas Consumption.

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. Gas used for heating increased dramatically, removing much of it from generating electricity, some pipelines froze up and couldn’t deliver, and there just isn’t enough pipeline capacity to begin with.

U.S. Natural Gas Goes Global

Jim Conca

As much as alternatives are increasing, gas is increasing more. And will grow faster than all other sources in the United States. But for the industry to really make a profit, we need to connect to the world market. This is opposite to oil which is harmed by being hooked up to the global market

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

Investigation into Texas freeze highlights natural gas failures, frequency of cold weather events

Renewable Energy World

Preliminary findings of a joint investigation into the freeze that left millions in Texas without power for days last February highlighted an increasing frequency of extreme cold weather events, as well as the devastation caused by the failure of natural gas-fired plants.

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 Pledges to Eliminate Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Business by 2030

GreenTechMedia

Duke will still rely on natural gas for much its generation capacity across the six states it serves by 2030. Its 15-year integrated resource plan (IRP) states that failing to build new natural gas plants to supply future load growth could increase customer costs significantly.

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

R-Squared Energy

This first graphic shows how one can conclude that freezing wind turbines were the problem, while natural gas was called upon to fill a huge demand surge. If you only look at this graphic, then natural gas is the hero of the story.

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.

Innovation can help ensure hydrogen becomes B.C.’s new natural gas

Clean Energy Canada

isn’t the only jurisdiction to see clean hydrogen as the new natural gas. A number of European Union nations, Western Australia, Oman and Saudi Arabia have together committed tens of billions of dollars to produce clean hydrogen to replace natural gas for domestic use and export.

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.

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. Beard, Executive Vice President – Natural Gas, UGI. “We

K&L Gates Debate: The Role of Natural Gas in the Clean Energy Economy

CleanTech Alliance

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Russia is promoting natural gas to Southeast Asia as an 'eco-friendly' fuel

Eco-Business

The world's second largest gas producer is heavily marketing the fossil fuel as a clean alternative to coal to meet Southeast Asia's growing energy needs — just as the significance of natural gas as a bridge fuel is called into question

Report: Natural gas infrastructure can play a key role in clean energy transition

Renewable Energy World

A new report released by research company IHS Markit explains the role gas can play in the transition to net-zero. The report states that more emphasis is needed on the repurposing of existing infrastructure to enable gas to become a “second pillar” of decarbonization alongside renewables.

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.

Is Natural Gas the New Coal?

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 7 mins At a recent natural gas industry conference in Houston, Woodside Petroleum CEO Peter Coleman warned his colleagues to avoid the fate of another fossil fuel, according to trade publication Natural Gas Intelligence. “ Oil and gas companies have been feeling mounting pressure, as signs emerge that oil is losing favor, both with the public amid climate concerns and with some investors.

Asia’s green finance rules face credibility test over natural gas: report

Eco-Business

IEEFA warns that including gas in a regional taxonomy could turn off investors who are concerned about being accused of pouring money into “greenwashing” exercises

Fossil Freeze: Deadly Texas Catastrophe Shows How Natural Gas Systems Can Fail when Demand Spikes

DeSmogBlog

Tags: texas Rick Perry natural gas pipelines extreme weather

Renewable natural gas is crucial to diversify our clean energy sources

Renewable Energy World

David Cox, Founder and CFO of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. One crucial green energy source that we should be capitalizing on is renewable natural gas (RNG). David Cox co-founded the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas in July 2011 and serves its members as CFO.

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. San Jose, the tenth largest city in the country, recently joined a string of cities banning gas utility connections for new homes and buildings. Utilities in Florida and California recently made similar decisions to move away from gas in favor of renewable energy. Nonetheless, the rush to gas continues.

Renewables Overtake Coal, Thanks To Natural Gas

R-Squared Energy

So, how does the consumption of renewables and coal compare to our consumption of petroleum, natural gas, and nuclear power? What this graphic shows that the previous graphics don’t show is that it was natural gas that took the biggest share of coal’s market.

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.

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

GreenTechMedia

Of the six “pathways” Duke lays out for halving carbon emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero carbon by 2050 , only one would avoid building new natural gas plants. gigawatts of new natural gas capacity.

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.

Decoding the Hype Behind the Natural Gas Industry’s Hydrogen Push

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 15 mins It seems like nearly every day another hopeful article touts the potential of using hydrogen as a fuel to tackle climate change. What’s known as “green hydrogen” — which relies on renewable power for production — is getting the bulk of that attention.

Defying Climate Goals, New York Approves Rate Hike to Pay for New Natural Gas Infrastructure

DeSmogBlog

billion over the next three years to help Consolidated Edison, or Con Ed, pay for new natural gas pipelines and infrastructure. Tags: new york stranded assets Con Ed natural gas methane

Report Attacks Industry Campaign to Fix Natural Gas’s Climate PR Problem

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 10 mins A new report from advocacy group Food and Water Watch argues that fracking and continued reliance on natural gas is detrimental to addressing climate change.

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.

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

DeSmogBlog

Protesters during a demonstration outside the town hall on November 6 accused the mayor of “colluding” with Enbridge by signing a $10 million settlement agreement dropping the town's official opposition and legal fights against a newly constructed natural gas compressor station in town.

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.

Oregon Utility Using Greenwashing and ‘Renewable Natural Gas’ To Push Back on Potential Gas Bans

DeSmogBlog

If you live in Oregon, it’s likely you’ve been bombarded with misleading PR from the local utility company, Northwest Natural, about the potential for what the industry is calling renewable natural gas (RNG) — methane captured from places like landfills and repurposed into energy for homes.

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. What happened in Texas is now commonplace. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Green Tech /green-tech Business energy

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. Natural gas vs. diesel vs. solar-storage.

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

R-Squared Energy

Today, I want to cover the production and consumption of natural gas. Natural gas is the cleanest of the fossil fuels. Looking ahead, natural gas is projected to be the only fossil fuel that will see substantial demand growth over the next two decades.

US limits international financing for fossil fuels in development banks, but leaves 'wiggle room' for natural gas

Eco-Business

The Biden administration has opposed fossil fuels financing through multinational development banks — unless clean alternatives are 'unfeasible' putting pressure on China, Japan, and Korea, major backers of fossil fuel projects in Asia