According to a report by the California Energy Commission, California’s power demand could double in the next quarter century, requiring an even stronger, integrated gas and electric energy system. Sempra believes combining the strengths of clean electrons from solar, wind and hydro with the strengths of clean molecules like hydrogen and renewable natural gas, can deliver a more reliable and affordable clean energy future.
Today, Sempra subsidiary Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) proposed what would be the largest green hydrogen energy infrastructure system in the United States, known as The Angeles Link.
The Angeles Link would be comprised of a new hydrogen-ready, interstate pipeline system capable of delivering green hydrogen into the Los Angeles basin. In doing so, The Angeles Link could drive deep decarbonization of dispatchable electric generation, hard-to-electrify industries and heavy-duty transportation in Los Angeles County, home to an estimated 10 million people and one of the largest industrial hubs in the nation. The proposed new hydrogen system has the potential to significantly decrease demand for natural gas and diesel fuels in the region, helping accelerate California’s climate and clean air goals.
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“California is known for its leadership in technology and innovation and taking bold action to help solve some of society’s biggest challenges, so it is fitting that we are at the frontier of a potential new integrated energy system,” said Kevin Sagara, group president of Sempra. “Sempra’s California utilities are focused on innovation and building new integrated energy networks that provide customers with cleaner forms of electricity and industrial customers with a suite of lower-carbon tools to aid emissions reduction.”
Sempra has been intentional about updating its portfolio over the last several years to focus on the electrification of consumer markets, the expansion of energy networks and the global shift to cleaner power. A clean fuels network leveraging new and existing infrastructure can support customer choice as regions work to decarbonize and develop the means to scale up electrification.
“The needs of energy customers are changing,” said Sagara. “A dedicated hydrogen-ready pipeline system would have the potential to integrate more renewables on the electric grid, provide valuable storage and enhance reliability.”
Hydrogen’s role in a net-zero future
Green hydrogen has the potential to deliver significant emissions reductions in industries and sectors where renewable electricity alone cannot, such as certain industrial processes, building heating and transport. As the industrial sector transitions from carbon-based fuels like coal, natural gas and oil, to cleaner fuels, like renewable natural gas and hydrogen, both the electric grid and natural gas grid must become even more robust.
In its 2021 World Economic Outlook net-zero energy scenario, the International Energy Agency envisions that in 2050 more than 50% of global gas production will be used to produce low-carbon hydrogen. Dedicated pipeline and storage infrastructure, among other things, is needed to deliver this promising fuel of the future. IEA calls for governments to “ensure deployment of the infrastructure required to support longer term increases in low-carbon hydrogen supply and demand, including hydrogen pipelines, port facilities and storage.”
As the owner of one of the largest energy networks in North America, Sempra is working to expand grids and enable flexibility so zero-carbon electrons and molecules can work in tandem to meet our customers’ changing energy needs.
The proposed Angeles Link is in its initial stage of development, and subsequent stages will require regulatory review and discretionary approvals, among other things.
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volatility in foreign currency exchange, inflation and interest rates and commodity prices and our ability to effectively hedge these risks and with respect to interest rates, the impact on SDG&E’s and SoCalGas’ cost of capital; changes in tax and trade policies, laws and regulations, including tariffs and revisions to international trade agreements that may increase our costs, reduce our competitiveness, or impair our ability to resolve trade disputes; and other uncertainties, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.
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