Association Webinars: The Future Role of Natural Gas in U.S. Power Generation



(based on a chapter in Monetizing Natural Gas in the New "New Deal" Economy, forthcoming in May 2021)

After years of growth, gas-fired generation has become the largest source of electricity in 2015. New gas-fired capacity has been expanding the most in regions with large baseload capacity retirements, all with access to low-cost shale gas. With more baseload plants slated to retire and cost of gas expected to remain competitive, gas burn should increase. But there are headwinds. Decarbonization policies are spreading across the country promoting not only renewables but other measures that can transform the power system to a more distributed structure. An anti-gas movement is expanding stimulated by concerns around methane leaks, flaring and hydraulic fracturing, and makes obtaining social license to operate more difficult. These trends imply a reduction in gas-fired generation. Yet, there is growing awareness about technical limitations and costs of integrating large intermittent renewable capacity. Retail costs have been increasing in states with most ambitious clean energy goals. This webinar discusses all these uncertainties and others, resulting in a qualitative outlook of roughly +/- 30 percent change in gas burn by around 2030.

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Gürcan Gülen (PhD) is an energy economist with 25 years of international experience in policy and market research on oil, natural gas, and electric power value chains; and associated strategic technical assistance and customized capacity building in numerous countries. After 9 years at the University of Houston and 13 years at the Bureau of Economic Geology (UT-Austin), he is now Principal at G2 Energy Insights LLC and continues to instruct in executive programs. Dr. Gülen is a USAEE Senior Fellow.

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Event Date: March 10, 2021

Event Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Topic: The Future Role of Natural Gas in U.S. Power Generation

Moderator: Gürcan Gülen

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