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Morning Breakout Session I - Natural Gas in Electricity: Bridge or Roadblock?

Moderator: Carla Peterman Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Moderator:
Carla Peterman Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Over the past decade, natural gas has been touted as the ultimate bridge fuel, not only ideal, but necessary for the transition to a more renewable-intensive power grid and a movement away from worldwide dependency on oil for transportation. Within electricity, natural gas has historically played a key role in setting wholesale electricity prices, fueling power plants that provide important grid reliability functions, and heavily influencing the investment in grid infrastructure and future electricity generation. This panel will discuss the future of natural gas in the electricity sector, sharing views on the ideal resource mix for tomorrow’s power grid and whether natural gas power plants will play a star role or be cast aside for other technologies. With their expertise, the panelists will also break down trends in natural gas that will continue to be a major influence on the world’s electricity systems.