Yesterday U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu spoke at the AGA Board of Directors’ meeting and told the group that natural gas will play a critical role in America’s low-carbon future. The Secretary pointed out that natural gas has an environmental “one-up” over other fossil fuels because of its low emissions, and suggested it should and can play a larger role in the generation of renewable energy.
The Secretary specifically referenced the source-vs.-site issue and said he is a proponent of source measurements, which take into account the amount of energy lost along the way in the production, generation, and distribution of a fuel, i.e., the full-fuel-cycle.
Much to the delight of the audience, he also added one of his requirements for his new home in Washington, D.C. was that it had a natural gas stove and water heater. You can enjoy more photos from Secretary Chu’s visit on the AGA Flickr channel.