New report finds residential gas use could decrease to zero by 2042, and industrial gas use by 63%.
The Victorian Essential Services Commission has proposed new customers pay for new gas connection installations, to bring gas networks in line with electricity and water, which already require up-front payments.
When evidence emerged in the 1970s about the health effects of gas stoves, the gas industry launched a campaign to manufacture doubt about the science.
Gas distribution networks could face billions in unrecovered costs but the savings for consumers will outweigh the costs.
Even though grid electricity is more expensive per unit of energy than gas at present, it still costs less to heat the efficient all-electric home.