Policy & Regulation

Challenges for gas in California

California has been heavily dependent on gas for power generation in recent decades, but this could be set to change as the state looks likely to move towards having 100% renewable power California has been heavily dependent on gas for power generation in recent decades, but this could be set to change as the state looks likely to move towards having 100% renewable power.
By Catriona Scott 4 September 2018 0 32381
California has 10.8 GW of installed solar capacity with solar generation accounting for 11.8% of the state’s power generation in 2017. (American Public Power Association/unsplash.com)

gas is the leading source of power generation in California and accounted for 43% of the state’s electricity output last year. California had 42.3 GW of installed gas-fired capacity in 2017, equivalent to 53% of the state’s total capacity of 79.6 GW. Gas has held a dominant position in California’s power mix for years as a result of government policy support that saw a build-out in gas-fired capacity in response to power shortages. Between 2000 and 2017, 11.9 GW of new gas-fired capacity was commissioned...