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.
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