Scientists Say Natural Gas and Storage Essential to Energy Reliability in California

Scientists Say Natural Gas and Storage Essential to Energy Reliability in California

Richard Nemec | Natural Gas Intel

Questioning the state’s narrow vision to rely 100% on alternative energy sources, a report by a nonpartisan group of scientists said natural gas generation and natural gas storage are essential to reliable energy delivery in California.

The California Council of Science and Technology (CCST) concluded that California’s underground natural gas storage risks can be managed as the storage is necessary for wintertime reliability.

The team of scientists also said the state has to do a better job of future energy planning to assess the impacts of moving toward 100% reliance on alternative energy sources.

Even if total conversion were possible, the cost might be prohibitive. “The state should evaluate tradeoffs between the quantified risks of each facility, the cost of mitigating these risks, and the benefits derived from each gas storage facility, as well as the risks, costs and benefits associated with alternatives to gas storage at that facility,” said CCST’s Jane Long, a retired Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist and co-chair of the assessment steering committee…(Read the full story)

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