Implications and Policy Options of California's Reliance on Natural Gas

By Mark A. Bernstein; Paul D. Holtberg et al. | Go to book overview

Preface

This report provides an assessment of the benefits, risks, and implications of the increased use of natural gas to meet California's growing energy needs. It explores several aspects of the issue, including a range of gas demand scenarios, current and anticipated future gas production in California and other regions, interstate and intrastate pipeline capacity, and storage capacity. It closes by reviewing policy alternatives to address the issues identified in the analysis. The report should be of interest to state and regional energy officials, energy utilities and other interested parties. The Energy Foundation and RAND Science and Technology provided the support for this research. The Energy Foundation and RAND will continue to provide analysis on planning issues with respect to energy and the environment.


RAND Science and Technology

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND Science and Technology (S&T), one of RAND's research units, assists government and corporate decisionmakers in developing options to address challenges created by scientific innovation, rapid technological change, and world events. RAND S&T's research agenda is diverse. Its main areas of concentration are science and technology aspects of energy supply and use; environmental studies; transportation planning; space and aerospace issues; information infrastructure; biotechnology; and the federal R&D portfolio.

Inquiries regarding RAND Science and Technology may be directed to:

Stephen Rattien, Director RAND Science and Technology RAND 1200 South Hayes Street Arlington, Virginia 22202–5050 703.413.1100 http://www.rand.org/scitech_area/

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  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Tables ix
  • Summary xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Acronyms xvii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Natural Gas Demand Projections and Profiles 6
  • 3 - California's Natural Gas Supply 13
  • 4 - Pipeline Capacity 19
  • 5 - Natural Gas Public Policy Choices for California 28
  • 6 - Conclusions 36
  • References 39
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