Conservation groups pointed to last week’s shortage-induced grid alert in California as one more reason to back off on natural gas and go harder with renewables.
Natural gas might be eating coal’s lunch, but natural gas always has a friend in coal. Coal forever makes gas – even when obtained by fracking – look good.
Xcel is on a wind roll. Days after announcing a subsidiary’s plans to purchase nearly 700 megawatts of wind power for customers in New Mexico and Texas, the company – thought not long ago to be souring on wind – turned its attention to the Upper Midwest, telling regulators it wanted to add 600 MW of power from three planned wind-farm projects to its portfolio.
With 400 ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it might be that we have crossed the carbon Rubicon.
Chemical engineering researchers have managed to identify a new mechanism to convert natural gas into energy up to 70 times faster, while effectively capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).
Clean energy purists might not like the idea of making any concession to fossil fuel use, but if you believe incremental progress is good, a technology that uses solar power to boost the efficiency of natural gas power plants at least qualifies as intriguing.
Natural gas is a versatile fossil fuel used all around the world for heating buildings, generating electricity, and powering industry.
A Californian company has filed a patent for a technology which it says allows CO2 and natural gas to be converted directly to gasoline.