Joseph Smith, President, SAS, Inc. attended the recent Coal-Gen 2014 conference held in Nashville, Tennessee where he joined Grant Grothen (Principal, Burns & McDonnell) and Dave Hughes (President, Global Sustainability Research) in the plenary session titled “Natural Gas: Is the Threat to Coal Sustainable?”
Dr. Smith mentioned that at sub-$3 per mmBtu the levelized cost of using natural gas is three times lower than coal. Grothen reminded power generators that gas power also emits greenhouse gases which could soon be limited through the EPA’s New Source Performance Standard (NSPS).
Hughes said potential EPA regulations could be enforced on methane emissions from shale gas since methane is much more harmful than CO2 from coal as a greenhouse gas.
The session was well attended and a lively discussion followed the presentations.