National Grid plans to decarbonize by 2050; some environmental advocates are skeptical

National Grid plans to eliminate fossil fuels from its New York gas networks by 2050—mostly by switching to renewable natural gas and green hydrogen, the utility giant said Tuesday.

The vision, which National Grid spelled out in a new 32-page report, would rely on what the company calls “fossil-free gas,” or a combination of methane captured from landfills, farms and waste treatment plants, plus hydrogen produced by solar and wind power.

National Grid, which services a large swath of the state, from Niagara Falls to Long Island, would ramp up energy-efficient retrofits to buildings and help convert some customers to electric heat pumps—a greener alternative to furnaces and

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