Natural Gas is a key component in the Generation mix of the IGLB or "Integrated Generation and Load Balancing model.
The subordinate role of natural gas in the integration of wind is something that the wind folks dreamed up before the world remembered that the difference between electricity in 1910 and Electricity in 150 AD is RELIABILITY!
Natural gas is wind energy's best friend. And wind energy is the key to turning all of the new natural gas supplies in North America into Base load power that uses gas 65-70% of the time instead of the 35% gas generation is relegated to today.
By creating variable energy output adaptable gas generation in the right place and using wind to lower the fuel consumption, we can provide base load, reliable dependable electricity at 20 year levelized prices lower that 2005 coal plants.
Altresco created a model in 1986 that moved natural gas generation into base load position in the dispatch curve in New England ISO.
Although the ingredients we make our electricity product from today are different, the end result is the same. Wind supplemented gas hybrids can be the reliable, affordable generation of the next 20-50 years and make America's electricity very competitive and even below electricity prices around the world. This is using 100% US energy resources and returning 80% of the water used for coal plants back into crop growing. This can also make us ready to implement 2025 targets today because this methodology allows us to integrate wind in ways that remove the instability to the grid completely.