SoCalGas Announces Vision to Be Cleanest Natural Gas Utility in North America
LOS ANGELES: Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced a bold plan to replace 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030.
Renewable natural gas is a clean fuel produced from our waste streams (i.e., sewers and food waste, as well as dairy and agriculture waste) and can be used like traditional natural gas to heat homes and businesses, for cooking, and to fuel trucks and buses. RNG reduces GHG emissions because it can take more GHG emissions out of the air than it emits as an energy source. In 2016, Governor Brown signed legislation to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, including methane from organic sources. The law requires 40 percent of methane from sewage treatment plants, landfills and agriculture to be captured, with provisions for energy delivery to customers.
SoCalGas' commitment to develop RNG is part of a broader, integrated vision for the future of clean energy that keeps energy affordable, expands consumer choice, and develops long-term and seasonal renewable energy storage using existing infrastructure.
Our vision is to become the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to our customers, said Bret Lane, SoCalGas' chief executive officer. Californians deserve clean, safe, and reliable energy that every family can afford. Today's announcement is an important step toward delivering a clean energy future that works for every family and business in our state.
We applaud SoCalGas' commitment to have 5 percent of their supplies be renewable natural gas by 2022. Our campuses currently rely on gas-fired power plants to keep the lights on, said David Phillips, associate vice president of energy and sustainability of the University of California's Office of the President. Decarbonizing our gas supplies can be an effective strategy to lower our greenhouse gas emissions. Widely available renewable natural gas will bring us and the rest of California closer to carbon-neutrality.
What a great goal! California needs more renewable energy, and we need all the renewable natural gas we can put into the pipeline. We welcome SoCalGas' announcement and look forward to the day renewable natural gas is available to all customers, said Joe Lyou, president and chief executive officer of the Coalition for Clean Air.
SoCalGas is taking a bold step in the fight against climate change, said Maria Salinas, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Businesses are often looking for ways to be both cost efficient and environmentally responsible. SoCalGas strikes the right balance with their vision for 2030, becoming the largest and cleanest natural gas utility in the country and helping Los Angeles continue to be a leader in environmental standards.
California has a population of 40 million people, converting the waste we produce into clean energy for use in our homes and businesses is necessary if we are going to achieve a carbon-neutral economy by 2045, said Dr. Matt Rahn of Cal State San Marcos, Environmental Leadership Institute. Creating a balanced energy portfolio that includes renewable natural gas will help meet the state's climate goals.
Tulare County is in a vital position to produce renewable natural gas from one of our largest industries, dairy, said Paul Saldana, president and chief executive officer of the Tulare County EDC. We are proud to be part of the solution to climate change in California.
SoCalGas continues to demonstrate great leadership with their goal to be the cleanest natural gas utility in the country, said Alicia Berhow, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs of OCBC. Ensuring renewable natural gas is available to customers will help preserve consumer choice and provide affordable, and increasingly renewable energy to homes and businesses.