Clean Natural Gas
Why is CPV using natural gas?Concerned scientists around the world have identified natural gas electric generation as one of the solutions to reducing our world carbon footprint and mitigating the effects of global climate change. By replacing dirty and outdated power plants with clean natural gas facilities, we can address this issue in a meaningful way. Domestic natural gas is abundant, provides greater national energy security and thousands of local jobs. As stewards of the environment, CPV believes that it is essential to utilize this valuable source of energy generation to balance the economy and environment while supporting the development of renewable power sources like wind and solar.
What is natural gas?
The natural gas used for our state-of-the-art electric generation facilities is the same fuel we use for our kitchen gas ranges. Natural gas is composed almost entirely of methane, a molecule that has one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms (CH4). Methane is a colorless, odorless gas. An odorant is added to methane to give it the distinctive, “natural gas” smell.
When methane is burned (combined with oxygen), the carbon is turned into carbon dioxide (CO2) and the hydrogen atoms become water (H2O). The vast majority of the combustion products from natural gas electric generation facilities are the same compounds naturally present both in ambient air and in our exhaled breath.
How do emissions from natural gas compare to other types of fuels?
The natural gas electric generation facilities currently being developed by CPV are the cleanest forms of conventional electricity generation in the world. When compared to existing outdated and inefficient facilities, per kilowatt-hr of electricity, emissions from CPV’s natural gas facilities are significantly lower as shown in the graphs below: