overreliance on natural gas


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Wind vs. Gas: Winter Wind Beats New Pipelines

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

With the cold weather upon us, and a lot of debate about how to supply our energy needs, we can take a look at the power of wind.  Wind is actually stronger in the wintertime when it gets colder. The advantages of using wind to reduce natural gas needs in cold weather are real, and especially relevant to the debate over whether or not it makes sense to invest more into gas pipelines.

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Will a Rick Perry DOE Help Limit a Risky Overreliance on Natural Gas?

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Within the next couple of weeks, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will appear before Congress for hearings on his nomination for Secretary of Energy under the Trump administration. Mr. Perry clearly subscribes to an “all of the above” strategy on energy—and that could leave us exposed to serious consumer and environmental risks from an over reliance on natural gas. There is another way: prioritize clean, cost-effective renewable energy. Read more >

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Polar Vortex Returns. Will Wind Energy Be Left Out in the Cold?

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The Polar Vortex in 2014 revealed issues with over-reliance on natural gas  and under-appreciation of wind and customer demand response. The Union of Concerned Scientists is pushing to correct mistakes when made when the low price of natural gas for most of the year fooled a lot of people who should know better. Assumptions that natural gas would be just as available in a cold snap as in mild weather created havoc with electric power plants that rely, perhaps over-rely, on natural gas when the cold snap came. Read more >

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Says No to Overreliance on Natural Gas

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A ruling today from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) is another great step toward cutting electricity ratepayers’ risks of natural gas overreliance. For a state with a heavy dependence on natural gas for power generation, it’s been a great summer. Read more >

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Massachusetts Can Lead On Clean Energy. The Nation Should Pay Attention.

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Massachusetts now stands at a crossroads in planning for its energy future. The state’s choices will have ramifications far beyond its borders. The question now before state officials: What sources of electricity should replace the closure of many coal plants in the state and region, and the scheduled retirement of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant? Read more >

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