SoCalGas Pipelines Now Using Renewable Natural Gas Produced in California
Sempra Energy utility Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that renewable natural gas (RNG) produced in California is now being used in the SoCalGas pipeline system for the first time. SoCalGas and waste management company CR&R Environmental (CR&R) are now injecting RNG produced at CR&R's facility in Perris, Calif., into the SoCalGas system.
Renewable natural gas is a carbon-negative fuel produced from waste that can be used in trucks and buses, to generate electricity, fuel heating systems in home and businesses, and for cooking. Renewable natural gas, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve landfill space, can be produced from waste at landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairies.
“SoCalGas is committed to delivering cost effective solutions to our customers that both reduce emissions linked to climate change and keep energy bills affordable,” said Sharon Tomkins, SoCalGas vice president of customer solutions and strategy. “The relationship with CR&R is a great example of a smart investment by CR&R that delivers immediate and meaningful air quality improvements to communities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.”
“We need clean fuels to achieve clean air,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “This local production and distribution of renewable natural gas will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and enhance our ability to reduce emissions from the region's heavy-duty vehicles.”
As California policymakers have sought to expand the production and use of renewable energy, SoCalGas has been working to increase the amount of renewable natural gas produced in California and delivered to its customers.
Renewable natural gas produced in other states has already begun to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California's transportation sector, which accounts for more than 80 percent of smog-forming emissions and about 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Already, more than 60 percent of natural gas trucks in California are fueled by renewable gas delivered by SoCalGas pipelines.