If you’ve lived through the past decade, you are well aware of the growing concern surrounding protecting the environment, and companies restructuring their missions to include green initiatives. Whether you believe in global warming or not, there is no denying that we are in need of clean and renewable energy resources. Greenhouse gas emissions are rapidly on the rise, and as a result, the world is heating up fast—perhaps the reason for frequently occurring natural disasters, such as floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes. While non-renewable energy resources like natural gas are affordable, they are limited by nature and pollute the environment. The development and implementation of renewable resources like solar and wind power is crucial for future energy use. However, natural gas still remains one of the main sources of energy. Is there a way for natural gas and renewable energy to work together?
According to a recent Brattle Group report for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition, the answer is yes. Coalition chairman, and state Senator Kip Averitt, explains that very soon Texas is going to require a considerable amount of new electricity generation, and that the two sources of natural gas and renewable energy could work together on the Texas grid, rather than compete. Texas leads the nation in wind generation, but the state is also the largest producer of natural gas, making the Lone Star State a prime test market for the integration of these two sources of electricity generation.