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Get the Facts on Natural Gas

Natural gas plays an important role in ensuring Californians have access to safe, affordable, and reliable energy. As we move toward a clean energy future, misleading information about natural gas has proliferated, and cities have increasingly sought misguided policies to ban natural gas. Here we set the record straight and provide the facts.

Natural gas infrastructure doesn’t suffer from rolling blackouts, public safety power shutoffs or outages from weather events like our existing electric grid does.

California’s electric grid is already struggling with the current electric load demand, and it has resulted in planned shutoffs and brownouts across the state. With natural gas, the state can maintain a more balanced energy approach without adding additional stress on the electric grid.

When the electricity goes out, natural gas consumers can still get hot water, cook on gas stovetops and heat their homes. In an electric-only home, you won’t have any type of energy source when the power goes out.

Natural gas powers backup generators when the electric grid goes down or is shut off. Hospitals and other essential services rely on this type of backup generation to maintain critical services.

Electricity rates in California are the highest in the country – a UCLA study found that in Southern California alone electric rates are 4-6 times more expensive than natural gas. UCLA Study

According to the California Public Utilities Commission, electricity rates are projected to increase 10% to 20%
over inflation in the next decade. Read the report here.

Thousands of workers are employed in the natural gas industry. A ban on natural gas will put these good-paying union jobs at risk.

Businesses and restaurants across California have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. A ban on natural gas use will increase the cost of doing business will make it even more challenging to operate.

Electric power lines have been a leading cause of wildfires in California – not natural gas infrastructure.
An all-electric approach may increase our risk. LA Times, 10/17/17.

Study finds proposed electrification would cost homeowners thousands of dollars

A recent study found that switching from gas and other types of appliances would cost the average California homeowner over $7,200 in upfront expenses.  Ongoing costs would also hurt homeowners and renters alike – increased energy costs would go up by $388 each year.

  • Switching to all-electric appliances would cost CA consumers over $7,200 and increase energy costs by up to $388 per year.
  • This would result an annual cost increase of $4.3 to $6.1 billion across California’s 7 million single-family homes.
$2,600 LOST

Homeowners would need to pay roughly $2,600 for the purchase and installation of new electric appliances.

5,000 Hours WASTED

Many homes are not wired to handle the electric load from having all-electric stoves, space heaters, and water heaters in addition to their usual electric appliances.

$7,200

The cost to upgrade wiring and electrical panels plus the cost of purchasing new electric appliances is more than $7,200 per home.

$613 - $877 / year

The $613 - $877 combined annual cost increase to homeowners represents an estimated 1-2% of median household income for California customers.

2%

According to the California Air Resources Board, the building sector accounts for about 9% of the state’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions today. Electrification of the residential sector would only decrease total GHG emissions by about 2%.

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