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Journalist for nearly a decade with keen interest in local energy policies for cities and national efforts to facilitate a renewable revolution. 

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Although much of the country has endured a rough 2020, renewable energy has had a great year and is projected to continue its rise and dominance over coal. However, even with wind and solar trending up, electric utilities across the country still have plans to make natural gas a significant piece of their energy portfolios. Natural gas, although it emits much less carbon than coal, is a fossil fuel and many feel that continuing to rely on it hurts clean power goals. 

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Bob Meinetz on Jun 9, 2020

Christopher, electrical energy is not stored in transmission wires, waiting for customers to flip on lights or their widescreen TVs. It must be generated as it is used, to precisely match customer demand.

"Natural gas, although it emits much less carbon than coal, is a fossil fuel and many feel that continuing to rely on it hurts clean power goals."

Indeed it does, and many of us do feel it hurts clean power goals. But until renewable energy can deliver electricity on demand, it will remain reliant on natural gas to power grids when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing. Pretty much, forever.

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