Natural gas has been proving itself in every area of our lives. Be it in our homes, in our cars, in our schools or our offices. Although Natural Gas may not be a renewable source of energy it extends a hand to renewable energy. We might assume that natural gas is dislodging the market & scope for renewable energy but it is not so. Citigroup issued a report supporting natural gas as a stride towards a power system running on renewable energy. Have a look at the article below for the report.
It is vital to understand that natural gas and renewable energy are mutually beneficial. The article above states that a renewable (wind and solar) energy plant needs a ‘peaker’ plant to run smoothly. This peaker plant (which runs on natural gas) is a back-up for these erratic and discontinuous energy sources. Thus, natural gas plays a ‘supportive’ role so that renewable energy systems maybe made tougher.
The tweet below depicts the peaceful co-existence of natural gas and renewable energy.
The short video below displays how wonderful Solar energy is. But in countries with a DIM sun or during winters, a power system running on both renewable & traditional sources of energy seems more dependable. The video was promoted in a ‘low-on-sun’ country, Belgium.
The report below prepared in 2012 by NREL and JISEA is a detailed study of the Energy markets in the United states and the different issues facing both Natural gas and renewable energy markets. The report discusses the numerable opportunities for both natural gas & renewable energy to mutually co-exist.
In a blog (Link attached), Ivan Marten simply states that there is a fallacy that NatGas destroys renewable energy. The truth is that markets for renewable energy in the US have seen growth alongside NatGas markets. Have a look at the article for a detailed view on the same.
To conclude, it would be correct to say that natural gas and renewable energy are correlated. Natural gas investments today can actually make renewable energy viable in the future. For a nation, a diverse energy mix proves most beneficial.
The article attached below by WSJ explores the 6 myths that surround renewable energy. One of the myths explored is that Natural gas is eating into the scope for renewable energy. WSJ states that although a country’s energy system can run completely on renewable energy, there is a long way to go! Considering the current state of energy, a widespread system that includes all forms of energy shall be most promising.