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Power Shutoffs Raise Questions On California Plan To Phase Out Natural Gas

November 7, 2019
Widespread utility power shutoffs to help prevent catastrophic wildfires in California are raising new questions about the state’s broader move to phase out most natural gas use in homes and buildings in favor of electricity, given that some gas appliances -- such as stoves, fireplaces and water heaters -- can still work during power outages. “This certainly will be discussed” in upcoming meetings of California energy regulators on several related policy proceedings, says California Energy Commission (CEC) member Andrew McAllister,...

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