California begins planning for transition away from natural gas

Could your gas stove become a thing of the past?

As cities in California ban natural gas appliances in new homes and the state slashes emissions, gas-powered technology will increasingly become obsolete over the next quarter-century, regulators predict.

And they’ve started to plan for that future.

This month, the California Public Utilities Commission said it will start figuring out how to “manage the state’s transition away from natural gas-fueled technologies” while ensuring safety and keeping rates steady.

Natural gas is the largest source of energy for California, providing more than a quarter of the state’s usage in 2017, according to the Energy Information Administration. It gets piped into homes and businesses for heating and cooking and also fuels power plants, ultimately supplying about 30% of the electricity on the state’s grid. So moving California away from gas would involve a huge change.

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