SoCalGas Outlines Plan to Help Achieve California’s Environmental Goals
New Strategy Builds on SoCalGas’ Goal to Be Cleanest Natural Gas Utility in North America
SoCalGas has released a broad, inclusive and integrated plan to help achieve California’s ambitious environmental goals in a paper titled California's Clean Energy Future: Imagine the Possibilities. The plan embraces an all-of-the-above approach to fight climate change, keeps energy affordability as a key focus, calls for developing long-term renewable energy storage using existing infrastructure, and can aid in promoting rapid consumer adoption.
The new strategy comes one month after SoCalGas announced its vision to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. As part of that vision, SoCalGas committed to replace 20% of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030.
"Achieving California's ambitious climate goals will require business leaders, non-governmental organizations, and policymakers to work together to re-imagine how California's energy infrastructure can operate as one, integrated system that maximizes emissions reductions and minimizes waste," said Bret Lane, SoCalGas chief executive officer. "Implementing a balanced approach that promotes advanced energy technologies will allow California to keep energy affordable and reliable and preserve consumer choice."
Keeping Energy Affordable
A cornerstone of this new clean energy strategy is SoCalGas' commitment to replace 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030.
To kickstart the plan, SoCalGas will pursue regulatory authority to implement a broad renewable natural gas procurement program with a goal of replacing 5% of its natural gas supply with RNG by 2022. SoCalGas also recently filed a request with the CPUC to allow customers to purchase renewable natural gas for their homes.
Using RNG in buildings can be two to three times less expensive than any all-electric strategy and does not require families or businesses to purchase new appliances or take on costly construction projects.