Natural gas was meant to be the bridge that helps the energy sector shift from coal to renewables. But now, just years into gas’s rise to power, renewables are already getting set to cross the bridge and become the dominant source of energy. While the price of natural gas is inherently volatile, the price of controllable, storable renewable energy is tethered only to technology costs, which are plummeting. According to recent forecasts, it will be cheaper to build new renewables+storage than to continue operating existing natural gas plants by 2035.

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