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The Role of Gas Companies in a Net Zero Future: A Spotlight on Nicor Gas Smart Neighborhoods™
- Jan 30, 2023 10:10 pm GMT
This item is part of the 2023 Predictions and Anticipated Trends for the Power Industry - January/February, click here for more
There is a popular misconception that natural gas equals increased CO2 and poor air quality and that natural gas utilities are lagging behind electric utilities in terms of innovation in net zero. This is simply incorrect. Today’s highly efficient gas technologies like the newest heat pumps actually emit less CO2 than their electric counterparts. Coupling natural gas and electric, rather than converting homes to 100% electric, will not only keep energy prices lower for consumers, but also decrease the need for power plants and lessen the need to burn fossil fuels.
For generations natural gas has provided safe, reliable and affordable heat and a source for cooking to all populations in this country and it continues to do so. At Nicor Gas, the innovative teams are hard at work on sustainable products like renewable natural gas (RNG) that turns biomass into energy. Natural gas also plays a critical role in advancing solar and wind technologies. Nicor Gas works with commercial and industrial customers across Northern Illinois to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable back-up generation for their renewable applications.
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