After 4 years going to homes and commercial buildings analyzing in great details their energy cost structure, I’m now convince that renewable energy has little chance to compete with natural gas at today’s price. In California, natural gas is 3.5 times cheaper than in Europe, and 6 times cheaper than Japan… see article here.
Running a clothe dryer on natural gas cost 6 times less that running a super efficient electric one. OK, great… what’s the problem with this? Well, using natural gas comes with good old combustion and CO2. CO2 = global warming. The only solution to global warming is: running our buildings on renewable electricity (solar, wind, geothermal), an option that produces very little CO2 (no combustion).
The US won’t start this critical energy transition with cheap (untaxed), and abundent natural gas. Stop fracking California (and the rest of the country), and start the energy transition to renewable, NOW.