California Move To Boost Gas Capacity Seen Undermining Climate Goals

March 26, 2021
California energy regulators have approved new rules allowing utilities to quickly contract for more energy -- including expanded capacity for natural gas-fired power -- to help ensure grid reliability this summer and next in the case of “extreme weather events,” despite strong objections from environmentalists and others who claim the move is illegal and would undermine the state’s climate policy goals. The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) March 25 approval of a rulemaking to support expanded natural gas use is...

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