Strategic Pathways and Analytics for Tactical Decommissioning of Portions of Natural Gas Infrastructure in Northern California

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Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3)

Recipient

San Francisco, CA

Recipient Location

11th

Senate District

17th

Assembly District

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Active

Project Status

Projects Updates/The Results

Project was approved at the Energy Commission Business Meeting on June 9, 2021. Work did not begin in 2020.

The Issue

Project Innovation

This project will develop a replicable framework to identify and implement electrification opportunities that support the objective of gas system cost savings through tactical decommissioning. Using that analytical framework, the project team will analyze and identify candidate pilot sites within PG&E's service territory and engage with local communities to develop a deep understanding of their priorities vis-a-vis GHG reductions, energy costs and reliability, comfort and health, and the role of natural gas. The project will develop deployment plans for decommissioning and set community priorities and paths forward on electrification and tactical gas decommissioning for the recommended pilots.

Project Benefits

This project will lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome barriers to the achievement of the State of California's statutory energy goals by: 1) developing the analytical and data framework necessary to test opportunities for targeted decommissioning of gas infrastructure, and 2) by identifying and working with at least three promising locations within PG&E's service territory, including at least one disadvantaged community, to develop and deploy targeted gas retirement pilots.

Lower Costs

Lower Costs

The principal benefit of the project is to reduce the cost challenges associated with decreased utilization of California's gas system. The project will evaluate tactical decommissioning of portions of the state's natural gas infrastructure, as a means of reducing the cost of operating and maintaining the gas grid. Reducing gas system costs will ultimately alleviate or prevent California rate-payers bill increase. The project will inform meaningful policy alternatives and strategy for a more equitable energy transition in California.

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental & Public Health

Whole building electrification is a necessary precondition to gas infrastructure decommissioning. Achieving whole building electrification will require electrification of gas end-uses that include cooking, clothes drying, space heaters and more. Tactical decommissioning will reduce natural gas consumption and support achievement of state GHG reduction goals.

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