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C. Study May Help Policymakers Reduce Cost of Natural Gas

Narrator: This is Science Today. Ryan Wiser, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently shared his latest study with the US Senate on how renewable energy sources, like solar and wind power, could affect energy markets. With a new energy bill on the table, the findings of Wiser's study may help policymakers reduce the cost of natural gas.

Wiser: What they want to know from me effectively the results of the study and what that means for policy. What level of costs or natural gas price reduction might be seen if you increase renewable energy sources up to the level that they are contemplating in their policy actions, how does that compare with various supply side measures to reduce natural gas prices.

Narrator: Wiser says in the next two decades consumers may see significant increases in the use of renewable energy sources.

Wiser: On the table is a pretty aggressive national commitment to renewable energy such that renewable energy achieves anywhere from a 10-20 % share of US electricity supply over the next 20 years.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.