A newly installed natural gas-powered fuel cell at Atmos Energy Corp.’s corporate data center generates low-emission, grid-independent electricity, and the Dallas-based utility is finding more ways to curb emissions as its multistate customer base grows.

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“Natural gas once again proves it plays a pivotal role in lowering greenhouse gas emissions while increasing reliability to our critical facilities,” said Vice President Jennifer Ries, Pipeline Safety.

The 460 kW fuel cell produces electricity and heat via an electrochemical process that uses neither combustion nor moving parts, according to Atmos. The technology delivers up to 90% system efficiency and, when coupled with renewable natural gas (RNG) or carbon offsets, is emissions-free, it noted. 

Atmos, which said in...