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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

Observations by a simple mind.

Whenever I bring up the topic of using natural gas in Integrated Gas, Wind, Solar (IGWS) configurations that will provide “baseload” reliability, and low cost, I know there is a whole gallery of folk just waiting to throw rocks at the idea to use “fossil fuel” in a low carbon scenario.

What the heck, that’s happening anyway no matter what I or anyone else thinks. The “grids” are now installing flexible gas generation to maintain stability when the weather decides not to cooperate.

But, with the advent of LNG, and virtual pipelines that can get the fuel to more remote areas that can bring all the technologies together, there’s something else my observations are waving a flag about.

Globally there is enough “waste gas” being flared to more than supply the whole area that either has no electricity or unreliable at best. And it’s just burning and burning and emitting CO2, SO2, and particulates.

Just, burning and burning. Nobody to use it.

Plus, diesel is the go-to fuel for reliability, on top of the burning flare gas and that’s making urban areas deadly with pollution.  

But, if we capture the gas that’s just flaring away, compress it or turn it into LNG, and then use that reliable fuel to make electricity, the overall effect is below net zero. Not only are we not causing any “new” combustion, but we’re making net negative,pollution-free electricity.

And this electricity can eliminate the need for indoor pollution, from cooking with wood, dung, or charcoal that’s killing at least 4.6 million people per year.  

My simple mind is saying, “we have no additional CO2 emission from gas, and the byproduct is clean electricity to save lives wherever we can make this available.”

Since the compressed or liquified gas can be handled like, and replace diesel fuel, we can start doing this with microgrids that are immune to outages.

We don’t have to build new pipelines or new grid transmission lines, and we have exclusive control of our energy supply, no government goof ups, corrupt “tollgates” and “poof” those people are healthy and can work adding new income to the economy.

I have some friends in this space, and I hope we can collaborate to get one or two, or three done.

Once established, it should start blossoming, I’m never the only one to think of this stuff so if my friends aren’t the first then who cares.

Let’s stop dirty waste, and start providing clean upward mobility.

©Wm Ross Williams Copyright 06232019