Natural gas is clean, renewable and affordable. That’s the theme of the SoCalGas display at this year’s World Agricultural Expo in Tulare County, located in the Central Valley area of California. SoCalGas employees are highlighting the significant role natural gas plays in clean energy future and the importance of the agricultural and dairy industries.
Visitors to the SoCalGas exhibit at the World Agricultural Expo were invited to take the “SoCalGas Challenge” – a series of five stations each highlighting the value of natural gas. The stations include information on residential energy efficiency programs, business energy efficiency programs, customer assistance programs, natural gas vehicles and renewable energy.
“Our display at the World Agricultural Expo is a way for SoCalGas to show how natural gas can help the state achieve its climate goals in a way that is affordable for all Californians,” said Sharon Tomkins, vice president of customer solutions and strategy at SoCalGas. “The San Joaquin Valley's agricultural and dairy industries, which can produce renewable fuels, uniquely positions the region to play a large role in attaining those goals.”
Currently, SoCalGas is investing more than $150 million in four dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) pilot projects in the San Joaquin Valley. It is anticipated that 45 California dairies will be producing RNG for injection into utility pipelines in the next few years. This is important because research by the University of California, Davis suggests more than 20 percent of California's current residential natural gas use can be provided by RNG made from the state's existing organic waste.
SoCalGas’ work to provide greater access to cleaner energy for its millions of customers is part of Sempra Energy’s commitment to being a strong corporate partner while fueling the largest markets in North America.