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Jake Rubin Renewables and Natural Gas Rise Together

The International Energy Agency said today that renewables surpassed coal last year to become the largest source of installed power capacity in the world. While solar, wind, geothermal and other non-hydro renewables remain a very small portion of the world’s total primary energy supply, they are on the rise. This has taken place simultaneously with growth in the use of natural gas for both electric generation and in homes and businesses for heating and cooling, water heating, cooking and clothes drying. More homes and businesses use natural gas today than ever before and the numbers continue to increase.

Substantial amounts of coal-to-gas switching has taken place alongside the growth in renewable electricity in the United States.  Between 2007 and 2015, the amount of electricity generated at coal-fired power plants declined more than 30 percent. Natural gas and renewables have filled that gap, with natural gas providing about two-thirds of the electricity to plug the hole left by coal; renewables made up the other third. Natural gas continues to grow rapidly and will remain a foundational fuel for the world’s energy supply for some time to come.

This is what an “all of the above” energy plan looks like and it has brought us to the lowest annual carbon dioxide emissions in decades.

 

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Christina Nyquist Natural Gas, Renewables and Energy Efficiency will build a Sustainable Energy Future: Four Facts from the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

Released today, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy 2014 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook joins other insightful analyses demonstrating that natural gas will continue to serve as a foundation fuel – working alongside energy efficiency and renewable energy – in the nation’s clean and secure energy portfolio. Our nation’s energy economy will be built on a healthy combination of natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency. The 2014 Factbook helps confirm that all of these clean energy options can coexist as our nation builds a more secure, sustainable, efficient and affordable energy future.

Below the Infographic are four points from the 2014 Factbook illuminating the role natural gas has played and will continue to play in shaping today’s energy landscape.

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The 2014 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook Infographic illustrates how natural gas fits into a sustainable energy landscape.

Fact 1: Working alongside energy efficiency and renewable energy, natural gas has contributed to a nearly 11 percent decline in U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions since 2007.

The low emissions profile of natural gas means that greater use of this clean fuel driven by its relatively low price has contributed to a healthier environment.

Fact 2: Natural gas production and consumption both increased in 2013.

Our nation is producing more natural gas than ever before and we are using it wisely and more efficiently. Spurred by the relatively low price of natural gas due to abundant domestic supply, more Americans are turning to natural gas to meet their energy needs, yet doing so efficiently. A home today uses 45 percent less natural gas compared to a house in 1970, saving the customer almost $600 per year, according to EIA data and AGA analysis. Each year natural gas utilities devote nearly $1 billion to natural gas efficiency programs, and that number will continue to grow.

Fact 3: Natural gas use in the transportation sector has increased 38 percent since 2006.

Leaders in every sector of our economy are embracing natural gas for transportation – not because they are required to, but because it offers real savings, real stimulus and real solutions. The American Gas Foundation and IHS CERA recently released a study entitled “Fueling the Future with Natural Gas: Bringing it Home,” which found that a natural gas vehicle will save customers an average of $4,500 in fuel costs over five years compared to a gasoline vehicle while producing fewer tailpipe emissions.

Fact 4: Investments in midstream gas – transmission and distribution pipeline and storage – were $15.1 billion in 2013.

Enhancing and expanding the pipeline network that safely and reliably delivers natural gas is essential if we are to fully realize the benefits of this clean energy source for all Americans. Natural gas utilities are working hard with policymakers at every level to create mechanisms that advance both the modernization and expansion of their pipeline systems.

Natural gas will be the foundation for a secure energy future that has room for all clean energy solutions. Today, thanks to our nation’s abundant supply of clean natural gas, we do not need to choose between providing essential energy to people and protecting the planet. America’s natural gas utilities work alongside other clean and renewable energy sources to build a clean and affordable energy economy. All Americans stand to gain if we make investments and update our policies now to realize the full potential of natural gas.

The Sustainable Energy in America Factbook is an important addition to the growing body of knowledge supporting a fact-based conversation about our energy choices. For more natural gas facts check out:

 

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