Central Valley leaders say the days of using natural gas in California could be numbered


If you don’t have solar panels installed, chances are you rely on natural gas for everything. From taking a shower, to heating your home, and also heating the food you eat. 

Kuyler Crocker is the Chairman for Tulare County Board of Supervisors. He said  the days of using natural gas in California could be numbered. 

“Right now the California Public Utilities Commission is in talks about having an all electric option and I don’t support that,” said Crocker.

Crocker grew up in Tulare County in the dairy farm industry. He spoke about a multi-pronged approach to California’s energy solutions and said going totally green is not a realistic goal for the Central Valley. 

“In Tulare County we have seen direct benefit from the choice of having renewable natural gas which is converting methane,” said Crocker. “Which, is created on our dairies and directly putting it into our natural gas system.”

California is pursuing a broad effort to shift the state’s electric grid entirely to clean energy by 2045. They say the effort will have an impact on global climate change. 

Tara Lynn Gray is the Chief Executive Officer of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce. She said converting to clean energy will be costly.

“Energy is an issue for every Californian,” said Gray. “Whether it’s the fires that has impacted, and whether it’s just plain affordability.”

Supervisors say they will continue to present alternatives to Sacramento and continue to push resolutions to support more inclusive state energy policies. 

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