Los Angeles says no to natural gas

Los Angeles could become the first major city to invest 100 percent in electricity for its future energy supply. Natural gas, meanwhile, has received the cold shoulder.

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Natural gas is often promoted as a climate-friendly supplement to wind energy and as an improvement on coal-based energy production. But now, the green reputation of natural gas could come under pressure after one of the world's largest cities decided against using the gas in its energy transition.

Los Angeles has opted to abandon billion dollar investments in the city's three natural gas plants. These investments, which were otherwise necessary to prolong the life time of the Scattergood power plants, Harbor and Haynes. Together, the three plants operate ten turbines which are all cooled with sea water. This technological solution now faces a ban after Californian authorities decided it can harm the environment.

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