The pursuit of a decarbonized and clean energy future is quite often positioned as a battle between renewable energy technologies and fossil fuels, but the reality remains that many applications of oil and gas are not yet ready or suitable to be replaced completely with electricity. But in this episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, Suzanne Ogle (President & CEO of the Southern Gas Association, or SGA), highlights how natural gas can be a key partner for renewable power in the years to come, enabling greater pursuit of low and no carbon energy.
To help explain these ideas that may run counter to some of the common narratives, Suzanne discusses the role of SGA, the opportunities that gas present to proliferate decarbonized energy, and the outlook for the industry in the years to come. In this conversation, she shares:
"I think a lot of people look at natural gas as a bridge fuel to maybe a lower emissions today from these higher emitting energy. I'm going to tell you this is one of the things that I keep pounding my drum on is people inside our industry and people outside our industry keep using the word transition, and I think that's a really misleading word. I think it's been the catalyst for some confusion and misinformation that we're bombarded with. If I think about the word transition, that means to move from one to another with one going away and practically and ideologically, that's not going to happen, nor is it the best solution. So I believe everybody should replace this word transition with the word evolution, which is exactly what we're doing with our energy system and our industry's doing that as well. We're evolving.
And so if you ask me what's in store for the natural gas industry, I'm going to tell you it's more technology, it's simpler processes, it's higher productivity, it's tighter systems, and all these things are going to curb the impact on the environment. Our industry's road to internal sustainability runs parallel to environmental sustainability. And so while there are people who are entrenched in the assumption that the world can survive without natural gas or fossil fuels for that matter, I would tell you that we're actually the hero here to help people reach the common goals and provide intergenerational wellbeing in a really predictable and resilient, which is probably the key word, is resilient, energy system."
This entry into the podcasts, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform (where we also feature a written transcription if you'd prefer to read). Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Episode #123: 'Exploring the Role of Gas in the Decarbonization Journey' with Suzanne Ogle, President and CEO of Southern Gas Association [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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