This is part 2 of our 4 part series on 2020 Energy Trends.
about the future of natural gas
The EIA still expects natural
gas to be the dominant generating resource in the U.S. through 2050. A study
released in September found that if all currently proposed gas plants are
built, 70% would become uneconomic by 2035.
to Utility Dive, “[w]hile alternative options may threaten gas, the ability
of baseload generation to offer reliable and resilient power channels
directly into the growing conflict between states and wholesale markets,”
something some states are already experiencing and taking to the FERC courts.
and Administrations will work with businesses, utilities, and other
organizations to cut carbon emissions
to WRI, “[m]any cities are choosing to begin their clean energy transition
by tackling municipal energy usage, which is within the local government’s
control.” Some examples of these
programs are the Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia or the
Sustainable Jersey coalition in New Jersey. According
to the WRI, “making progress toward community goals requires the support of
and partnership with many community stakeholders, including local businesses.” According
to the WRI, “[i]n 2020, expect to see more collaboration across sectors to
move more efficiently toward community-wide energy goals.”
Focus on grid mod and
to Utility Dive, “[i]n 2019, U.S. utilities spent almost $60 billion on
grid modernization” and that is going to continue to slowly increase, with grid
hardening being the focus of that spending.
With a focus on renewable energy, comes a focus on ensuring that energy
is used effectively and efficiently by distribution channels, utilities, and
end users by ensuring resiliency.
to Utility Dive, “[w]hile increasing resiliency is a significant part of
updating today’s power grids, utilities are looking to do more, including
integrating more renewable and distributed energy resources” According
to Utility Dive, “[a] key issue to watch in 2020 will be whether utilities
learned any lessons from billion+ dollar grid mod proposals, which were
rejected by regulators in 2019 because the costs were not adequately
to Utility Dive, regardless of renewable energy, electric power grids
across the country will need to be upgraded by municipalities and utilities to
handle the greater loads that utilities will need to handle in coming years.
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