Coronavirus, cheap natural gas and building electrification


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

How to Decarbonize Natural Gas


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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Renewable Natural Gas: Today’s Carbon-Negative Fuel


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.?

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


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 […].

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


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

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

The Stranded Asset Threat to Natural Gas


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


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.

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


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


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.

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

CleanTech Alliance

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


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.

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.

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


Tags: texas Rick Perry natural gas pipelines extreme weather

Is Natural Gas the New Coal?


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.

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

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


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


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.

Rethinking Future Investments in Natural Gas Infrastructure


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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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

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. renewable energy additions completely overwhelm those by natural gas in first months of 2020 appeared first on Solar Power World.

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


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


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.

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


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.

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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


But the blackouts were also a side effect of the state’s increasing shift to solar power and away from natural-gas-fired generators, according to state grid operator CAISO and Wood Mackenzie analysts.

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


Energy Information Administration (EIA) has finally come around to the view that renewables will overtake natural gas in the country’s electricity mix. oil and gas production to the rapid decline of solar and wind prices — as laid out nicely by Axios last month.

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


A growing chorus agrees the expansion of the natural gas industry, which feeds plastics and petrochemical plants like Shell’s, is moving the U.S.

Trend: Commercial buildings go all-electric


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.