Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy wipe out unreliable sources of energy, but natural gas keeps the lights on even during the harshest storms. Thomas G. Bourgeois, deputy director of Pace University’s Energy and Climate Center, stated that “gas fired district systems… are an ally, not a foe, of renewables” and that in planning for a more reliable energy grid during natural disasters, we must invest in “combined heat and power” units which includes natural gas as part of the mix.[1]  The New York Times, with agreement from Bourgeois, noted that natural gas lines were crucial in keeping the lights on in certain parts of NYC during Hurricane Sandy.[2]