Natural Gas: A Misnomer

Natural gas is neither natural, nor is it a single gas. In this post, I describe the origins of these two fictions and how they result in a discursive slight of hand that may have implications for the positioning of natural gas within future low-carbon energy systems. 1. Not Natural? There is very little thatContinue reading “Natural Gas: A Misnomer”

Energetic Gases: A Glossary

This is a working document and is undergoing regular updates and elaborations. The aim is to produce a reference documenting the different gases used within past and present energy systems. ‘Blue Water’ Gas A form of coal gas (see coal gas) that was formed by introducing steam into the manufacturing process. It often had aContinue reading “Energetic Gases: A Glossary”

The Fixity of Flexibility

There is widespread agreement about the importance of flexibility in the energy sector. But what does flexibility mean? In our recent blog post for the CREDS website (https://www.creds.ac.uk/the-fixity-of-flexibility/), Elizabeth Shove and I identify three common interpretations. These include definitions of flexibility as a feature of whole energy systems; as a commodity that figures in energyContinue reading “The Fixity of Flexibility”