Natural gas will fuel power generation for years to come at Dominion Energy Inc., one of the largest U.S. utilities, even as it sells a huge pipeline network to Warren Buffett and adjusts to an aggressive clean power mandate in its biggest market.

Dominion, based in Virginia, has set out a goal of “net zero” emissions of CO₂and methane from power plants and gas infrastructure from 2050. Democrats in its home state this spring enacted a law requiring the company’s local electric utility to use 100% carbon-free energy by 2045.

Yet natural gas, the fossil fuel with the lowest carbon emissions, would continue to be crucial to the company’s power mix, said Thomas Farrell, chairman and CEO.

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