A New Era of Batteries Spells Trouble for Natural Gas

Jan. 11, 2018, 2:45 PM

California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas.

The California Public Utilities Commission is set to approve an order Jan. 11 that would require PG&E Corp., the state’s biggest utility, to change the way it supplies power when demand peaks. Instead of relying on electricity from three gas-fired plants run by Calpine Corp., PG&E would have to use batteries or other non-fossil fuel resources to keep the lights on ...

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