A new study conducted by the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) identifies compelling business models that build from the synergies of two abundant, domestic forms of energy: natural gas and renewable energy.
The paper, Exploring the Potential Business Case for Synergies between Natural Gas and Renewable Energy, identifies revenue opportunities that emerge from systems-level perspectives in “bulk energy” (large-scale electricity and natural gas production, transmission, and trade) and four “distribution edge” subsectors: industrial, residential, commercial, and transportation end uses. Example areas of potential business collaboration include transmission corridors that serve both technologies, and flexible fuel turbines that allow for fuel diversification, added energy security, and reduced price risk.
“Natural gas and renewable energy each contribute to economic growth, energy independence, and carbon mitigation, sometimes independently and sometimes collectively,” says Douglas Arent, JISEA Executive Director.
The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) and JISEA co-hosted a workshop to gather expert input on the business models for gas and renewables.
“To advance a cleaner, decarbonized energy system, we have to look at energy and economic systems in new ways,” says former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, director of CNEE at Colorado State University. “With this study, JISEA provides a valuable and unique perspective on collaboration rather than competition between natural gas and renewables, and practical insights that can help spur the clean energy economy.”
“Some of the synergies at the commercial level can be illustrated through an example of a big box store that generates, consumes, stores, and sells energy and provides energy services,” says Jaquelin Cochran, lead author of the study. “In this example, we identified numerous potential revenue opportunities for the utilities, energy providers, car manufacturers, municipal waste firms, and many other businesses and service providers.”
Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis
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