April 2019, Vol. 246, No. 4

Features

West Coast Perched at Forefront of Natural Gas Movement

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor Gas, widely seen as a transition fuel, provides 45% of California’s power, augmented by sustainable large-scale hydro (17.89%) and wind and solar. Indeed, California is one of only three U.S. states in which solar exceeds 10% of power generation. As of 2017 coal accounted for only 4.1% of California’s power, compared to 30% nationally and it will be zero by 2026.   One contributing factor to this is the dominance of low-energy intensive industries in the state, which include agriculture and services, science and technology, trade, media and tourism. As a result, California has a   relatively low per capita electricity consumption rate of 6,536 per ki

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