Archive | September 2019

The Myth: Natural gas, and Renewable Energy are competitors.


By incorporating both in baseload, independently operating microgrids, it is an 80% GHG reduction from coal, and 40% reduction from gas only.

This was published in 2010, in WorldWatch Issue 184, (available on request)but it was buried. The Wind Industry was not interested in acknowledging the need, and considered us heretics for mentioning it.

Over the last decade of my naivety I’ve come to empathize with Galileo, when he was trying to get the Roman Catholic Church to recognize that the universe does not revolve around the earth.

This time the “church” is mainstream media, renewable energy equipment companies and the petroleum producers, and merchants

And one of many voices is Matt Egan, of CNN news, said in an Article aimed at discrediting the long term viability of LNG

While those investments make sense today, they will likely be derailed in the longer run by a combination of plunging renewable energy costs and rising climate change concerns, according to the Global Energy Monitor, a network of researchers tracking fossil fuel projects.” WRONG!

This is only one of a flock of articles that are continuing to imply that “Renewable energy” can power the world.

Renewable energy cannot power the world! Even if it were free, it could not provide the essential reliability an ever more electrified world will need. Electricity is only 18% of the energy consumed in the United States.

Let me highlight a more climate friendly interpretation.

If we spread natural gas powered electricity generation, over to start replacing the inefficient and much dirtier petroleum distillate applications, it will double our progress.

Both renewables, and natural gas can play seamlessly together to make the Reliable electricity our economies must have.

And, through that hybridization we can triple the amount of renewable energy because it’s now built in to a baseload quality electricity supply.

This is how we can start dropping CO2 emissions at triple the rate the current model is heading toward.

Natural Gas, and renewables are NOT competitors. Together we have the most powerful tools for GHG reduction in history.

And, with the advent of scaleable LNG, whole microgrids can have 10x the “grid out” capacity that batteries alone can rationally provide.

©William Ross Williams 2019

Grid Operators Need More Visibility into Microgrids, says PJM

Elisa Wood has been one of the best informed, and unbiased writers in the energy sector since long before “microgrid.” was formalized concept. Her observations are never “fantasy”



Grid operators need more visibility into microgrids and DERs, a PJM senior director told the audience last week at the Virginia Clean Energy Summit.

Source: Grid Operators Need More Visibility into Microgrids, says PJM

Power plants are no longer America’s biggest climate problem. Transportation is. – Vox

Perfect for taking the kiddos to school in style.

By all means, rush down and buy a huge SUV, or Pickup Truck.

In the last 4 years, nearly 1.5 million EVs have been sold. And sales of low mileage vehicles have gone up by 5 million per year or 20 million total.

That total equals 68 million ICE vehicles over 1.5 million EVs. Any wonder why we’re moving backward?


The US has made huge progress in cleaning up its electricity sector. Now onto a bigger challenge.

Source: Power plants are no longer America’s biggest climate problem. Transportation is. – Vox

Natural Gas Shows Signs of Becoming the Fuel of the Future – OILMAN Magazine

Overlooked: Natural Gas provides more than a “carbon-carbon” advantage.

Natural gas is renewable energy’s best friend. It was determined in  Kansas, in direct comparison with the most optimistic priced, new and state of the art coal plant, that a hybrid of synchronized high capacity wind, and gas generation would reduce overall carbon by 80%

That was a clear demonstration that with adequate natural gas supplies to mirror the wind the Levelized Cost Of Energy (LCOE) over 20 years would be 30% lower than coal could ever hope to be.

The situation this article highlights is that the days of gas scarcity are gone, and hybrid “baseload” facilities are the future.

It’s all about working together.

Natural gas – touted by many energy analysts as the “fuel of the future” years ago – has battled coal as the largest energy source for electricity generation in the U.S. Coal was king until 2016 when natural gas became the leading energy source, and it has increased its market share every year s …

Source: Natural Gas Shows Signs of Becoming the Fuel of the Future – OILMAN Magazine

Permian gas flaring, venting reaches record high | Oil & Gas Journal

I hope this answers some of the questions about why I’m so bullish on LNG, everywhere we can create markets.

Venting is 25 time worse that combusting, and infinitely worse than any way we can productively use this gas.

To be continued…..

Flaring and venting of natural gas in the Permian basin in Texas and New Mexico has reached an all-time record high in this year’s first quarter, averaging 661 MMcfd, according to research conducted by Rystad Energy. This widespread waste of a valuable commodity is the result of persistent infrastructure challenges, a lack of enough takeaway capacity, and an unexpected outage on a key pipeline in the area.

Source: Permian gas flaring, venting reaches record high | Oil & Gas Journal

The most progressive research regarding clean, and green desalination is being done and applied in Saudi Arabia. This article highlights how well that is working.

ABU DHABI: For more than four decades, the smoke rising from two chimneys of a water-desalination plant operated by SAWACO was a familiar sight along Jeddah’s Red Sea coast. Sept. 5 marked the end of emissions from the chimneys as the desalination plant ceased operations in line with the Kingdom’s ambition plan to wean itself off its dependence on polluting, fossil fuel-based

Source: Milestones in Saudi Arabia’s exciting transition | Arab News

Publications – Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Renewable Portfolio Standards | Heartland Institute

I post this with a bit of amusement. At least the “Heartland Institute” doesn’t claim to be climate advocacy, like most of “Climate Change” institutes.

This is a very well written source of publication you can read to be clear on the “story” being published to guarantee minimum renewable energy impact of petroleum consumption.  The importance of reading this carefully is set out clearly in Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”

You must know your adversary as well or better than they do.

If we are going to start working toward a low carbon future, we must figure out a way to soften the pain, and maybe even reroute FFIs strategies.

But we have to understand them first.

This paper by Dr. Timothy J.

Source: Publications – Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Renewable Portfolio Standards | Heartland Institute