Natural Gas Could be a Bridge Fuel to $1 Solar
From Financial Post
By Gerard Wynn
Natural gas could be the dominant power source for the next two decades in the western United States, even under the most aggressive climate scenarios, before making way for solar, findings from the University of California Berkeley suggest.
The Berkeley study examined the impact of cheap solar power, as envisaged by the so-called “sunshot” initiative launched two years ago by former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
It did not directly analyse or comment on whether natural gas could play the role of a transition fuel.
But the results support the idea that natgas can work as a bridge between high-carbon coal and cheap solar power in areas with abundant sunshine, as policymakers build up renewable energy capacity and supporting infrastructure while driving deep cuts in carbon emissions.
There are two important caveats, however, to such a conclusion.
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