Webinar to look at whether wind and natural gas complement each other on grid

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The question of whether fossil fuel-based power-generation technologies can play a role in supporting renewable energy investments will be the topic of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.         

The presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, will discuss whether a wind, solar and natural gas partnership is likely to emerge.

Professor Michael Slattery, director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Texas Christian University, will be featured. He will cover a report issued earlier this year by the U.S. Energy Information Administration that predicted that electricity generation facilities will add more than 26 gigawatts of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid during 2016 — most of these additions coming from solar, natural gas and wind.

"Access to electricity is one of the key drivers of economic activity, this much we know, but how we get that supply remains controversial and divisive, especially when it comes to the environmental impacts of the various generation technologies," he said.

"While we must invest in renewable technologies, such as wind, and speed up the integration of renewables into our daily lives, unlocking shale gas, if done responsibly, remains the most viable way forward if we are to make real progress toward reducing carbon emissions enough to significantly slow further global warming."

The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events webpage. More information is available by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at cal24@psu.edu.

Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team provides monthly webinars on a variety of topics. Upcoming webinars for 2016 include:

-- Oct. 20: "Agriculture and Safe Pipeline Operations," presented by Chris Thome, damage prevention consultant, Infrastructure Resources

-- Nov. 17: "Marketing and Logistics of Natural Gas Liquids in the Appalachian Basin," presented by Matt Curry, with Dreadnought Solutions

-- Dec. 15: "Natural Gas Power Generation — Reliability, Value and Market Coordination," presented by Matt Tripoli and Greg Samilo, managers with IMG Midstream

Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural gas website, covering a variety of topics such as UAVs in the energy field, seismic testing, methane emissions, water use and quality, Marcellus and Utica basins, natural gas reserves, gas-leasing considerations for landowners, legal issues surrounding gas development, and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

Last Updated September 09, 2016