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Electrify everything? Not if getting rid of natural gas makes California even less affordable

Southern California Edison’s highest rate for homes that use the most electricity is 42 cents per kilowatt-hour, far above the national average of about 12 cents. Granted, Edison’s base rate is much less than 42 cents, but the energy usage covered by that tier is for essentials such as lighting and refrigerators. If we force residents to use only non-gas appliances, their electric bills will likely triple or more.

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California’s next frontier in fighting climate change: your kitchen stove

Curtis Stone has been using induction cooktops for years. The Australian celebrity chef — who operates acclaimed restaurants in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and is planning a pop-up eatery at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this month — said the electric cooking technology is faster, cleaner and more efficient than a traditional gas stove.

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California’s self-created future energy crisis

In much of the country a powerful energy boom is providing a serious stimulus to economic growth. But in California, where fossil fuels are considered about toxic as tobacco, we are lurching toward an anticipated energy shortage that will further exacerbate the state’s already deep geographic and class divisions.

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Coalition Advocates for Balanced Energy Policies

To most effectively combat climate change, a newly formed organization of natural and renewable gas users and suppliers today called on the State of California to adopt balanced energy policies that protect energy affordability, reliability, and choice.

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NREL ‘Bug’ Creates Renewable Natural Gas

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – In a little bottle that contains what looks like a veggie cocktail, microbiologist Nancy Dowe holds an energy future. In the solution sloshing around in the bottle is a tiny being with a talent for generating a common energy source.

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Why 100 Percent Clean Energy in California is Gonna Be Tricky

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 100 Monday, requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity must come from solar, wind and other emissions-free sources by 2045. He also signed an executive order that directs the state to achieve “carbon neutrality” by the same year, and “net negative greenhouse gas emissions” after that.

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We Need to Capture Carbon to Fight Climate Change

The conclusion of the Paris Agreement in 2015, in which almost every nation committed to reduce their carbon emissions, was supposed to be a turning point in the fight against climate change. But many countries have already fallen behind their goals, and the U.S. has now announced it will withdraw from the agreement. Meanwhile emissions worldwide continue to rise.

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Study Shows Long-Term Viability of RNG in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed 16 bills covering zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and climate change mitigation efforts last week, as university researchers published a study verifying the long-term viability of renewable natural gas (RNG) sources in the state.

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SoCalGas, Énergir, GRDF and GRTgaz Announce Collaboration on Low-Carbon and Renewable Gas Initiatives During World Gas Conference

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today joined Énergir, a Canadian natural gas utility, along with French utilities GRDF and GRTgaz to announce a new collaboration aimed at advancing the research and development of renewable natural gas and technologies such as power-to-gas. The collaboration will focus on research and development, public policy, and outreach.

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