Using Innovative Technology to Protect the Environment
Did you know that natural gas produces 45% less carbon dioxide than coal and 27% less than oil?
In fact, natural gas is an extremely important resource for reducing pollution and maintaining a clean and healthy environment. It can be used in many ways to help reduce the emission of pollutants into the air. And with innovative solutions like fuel cells, microturbines, and combined heat and power units, this technology is more efficient—and more accessible—than ever. The more large energy consumers that switch to natural gas from other fossil fuels, the more dramatically they can reduce emissions and help to protect the environment.
But what about renewable energy?
More and more energy experts are touting a balance between natural gas and renewable energy as the future of energy production in the United States. By leveraging an abundance of domestically-produced natural gas, distributed energy generation solutions like fuel cells, and renewable energy sources like solar or wind, more people can generate efficient, low-cost power on-site. Plus, natural gas is a constant source of power, whereas power production from renewables like wind and solar can fluctuate.
“If you have an electric car, you don’t need a diesel car in your garage sitting there,” Elena Verdolini of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change tells the Washington Post. “But in the case of renewables, it’s different, because if you have renewable electricity and that fails, then you need the fast acting gas sitting in your garage, so to speak.”
So what’s next?
On a local level, it’s important for natural gas utilities to continue improving their processes and infrastructure. The more efficient and reliable those systems, the better that these utilities can uphold their environmental responsibility. By adopting accelerated pipeline replacement programs and embracing partnerships with environmental organizations, for example, the natural gas industry can make a significant impact in reducing their carbon footprint and protecting the environment.
“It’s easy to say we should stop using certain energy sources,” says Morgan O’Brien, CEO of Pittsburgh-based natural gas distribution company, Peoples. “But for engineers and other thoughtful leaders, it’s clear that transitions from trillions of dollars of infrastructure to new systems will take a long time. In the meantime, we should focus on innovation that improves what we have at hand.”
Learn more about Peoples’ environmental commitment by visiting their website.