Red Flags for Natural Gas In New Sustainable Energy Report

Red Flags for Natural Gas In New Sustainable Energy Report

The Business Council For Sustainable Energy has just issued the 2020 edition of its annual Sustainable Energy In America Factbook series, and the first

thing to jump out is the inclusion of natural gas under the category of “sustainable.” That’s quite a stretch, to say the least. Nevertheless, the report provides ample room for natural gas in the clean energy revolution of the past 10 years. For the next 10 years ahead, though, the 2020 Factbook exposes a number of factors that should send shivers up the spines of natural gas stakeholders.

Natural gas has been riding high for the past 10 years, but renewables are poised to dominate the next 10 (screenshot, US Energy Information Agency).

Natural Gas & Power Generation

Before we jump in, let’s observe that the Business Council for Sustainable Energy is not to be confused with the American Sustainable Business Council. The latter does not include natural gas stakeholders among its members, and the former does.

That partly explains why the 2020 Factbook puts natural gas in the same “sustainable” category as wind or solar. The Factbook also aims at demonstrating that the US energy landscape can change dramatically in just 10 years without throwing the economy into recession, and gas has played a role in that story, sustainable or not (spoiler alert: not).

The Factbook also places an emphasis on power plant emissions

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