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The in-home electricity-only energy future needs gas to die or be killed

Coal is essentially in its death-spiral, and nuclear is still struggling with public perception, but natural gas is still the largest barrier to wholesale adoption of battery storage and associated smart grid technologies. Gas needs to die for the smart grid to truly thrive, but it shows no real signs of slowing down – both for in-home heating and cooking use and for utility-scale electricity generation. Gas has never been cheaper, and that’s why it is displacing coal. Sure, one can make a gas supply chain smart, and significantly improve its end-to-end efficiency in doing so, but gas isn’t a medium that enables things like battery storage or electric vehicles – because in the home at least, you want to…

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