- Nov 2012
In 2017, only 4.1% of California's power came from coal.
It is easy to predict that current technology has natural gas as number one for at least 5 more years in electricity generation, with coal fading fast, and will be taken over in another in another 5 years in this country by renewables, and with battery storage technology catching up, and coming on line, it's not that difficult to predict large portions of the country off of public utility grids in another 30 years. In another 30 years, we will be closer to new technology in construction and energy use of 2100, than we will be of construction and energy use of 1970.
It's not the technology that's keeping us from being their now. It's the special interests that own the old technology paying off the politicians to slow it down, or prevent it altogether.
Hell, there are actually medicines available that cure diseases that big pharma do not want readily available for the same reasons.