Clean energy is catching up to natural gas faster than previously predicted, in both price and reliability, David Roberts reported last month in Vox magazine. Will West Virginia be poised to benefit?
Power plants have been switching to natural gas for years as the price of gas has fallen, especially compared to coal. Second, gas burns cleaner than coal (if you don’t worry about methane escaping somewhere in the production process). Earlier estimates made natural gas the “bridge fuel” to some distant point in the future when unreliable wind and solar might catch up, someday, maybe. In the meantime, traditional fuels would provide the reliable power source for when the sun doesn’t shine, the wind doesn’t blow or electricity demand outstrips those sources.