Gas lobby chief: ‘In 2050, 76% of gas could be renewable’ The excess wind and solar electricity generated at times of oversupply could be used more systematically to produce synthetic gas, providing a convenient way of storing renewable energy that would otherwise be lost. The potential is huge, and can be used to heat homes during winter, argues Beate Raabe. Beate Raabe is Secretary General of Eurogas, the trade association representing the interests of the gas industry in Europe. She spoke to EURACTIV’s energy and environment editor, Frédéric Simon, ahead of Eurogas’s Annual Conference: “Renewable gas: balancing our energy” taking place on 27 October at The Hotel in Brussels. “Renewable gas”: that sounds a bit like an oxymoron. Is this not an attempt to make natural gas look greener than it really is? Our objective is to inform people that gas is not just natural gas but can also be renewable. People are familiar with the term biogas for instance. But not all renewable gas is biogas. And that’s why we are saying “renewable gas” in order to cover the whole range of renewable gases that exist.
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