Strategic Pathways and Analytics for Tactical Decommissioning of Portions of Natural Gas Infrastructure in Northern California
Project was approved at the Energy Commission Business Meeting on June 9, 2021. Work did not begin in 2020.
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.
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.
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.