Power plants slated for closure or rebuilding in Redondo Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Oxnard have become an early battleground in an increasingly urgent debate:
How much natural gas does California need on its power grid, and for how long? https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-12-12/california-clean-energy-gas-plants …
In a unanimous vote last month, the California Public Utilities Commission said the coastal gas plants are needed to keep reliable electricity flowing to Southern California residents for a few more years, until utilities can fully replace them.
📸: Mel Melcon
Around half of California's electricity came from climate-friendly sources last year, and lawmakers have set a target of 100% by 2045.
But natural gas still generates 1/3 of the state's power — and officials don't have a plan for phasing it out. https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-12-12/california-clean-energy-gas-plants …
Clean energy advocates worry a decision to extend the coastal gas plants in Redondo Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Oxnard could set a precedent that reverberates for years.
Energy reporter @Sammy_Roth with the full story:
📸: Mark Boster https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-12-12/california-clean-energy-gas-plants …
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