SoCalGas Utility now adding RNG produced in state to the 100% renewable fuel used at its fueling stations

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it is for the first time dispensing California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) at many of the natural gas fueling stations it operates across the state. The utility recently began purchasing RNG from Pixley-based Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren), which captures the greenhouse gas-producing manure from dairy farms and turns it into RNG, a renewable fuel. SoCalGas has dispensed 100% RNG from out-of-state sources at its fueling stations for a year. Calgren’s facility is part of a rapidly growing biomethane industry in California and is currently the largest dairy biogas operation in the U.S.

Photos of the fueling stations and Calgren’s dairy digester facility are available here. A video demonstrating RNG’s ability to reduce California’s transportation emissions is available here.

“RNG is an important tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change, and we’re looking forward to major growth in production of this renewable fuel in California,” said Jawaad Malik, SoCalGas vice president of gas acquisition.  “With the right incentives in place, RNG has significant opportunity to help the state move toward carbon-neutrality in not only the transportation sector but in many areas where traditional natural gas is now used.”

“Calgren is excited to be one of the leading production facilities in the U.S., which will eventually capture the waste of more than 132,000 cows from at least 18 dairies,” said Lyle Schlyer, president of Calgren.  “Using the methane captured from dairy waste for transportation fuel is good for the environment because it not only keeps methane from escaping to the air, it allows us to replace traditional natural gas with a renewable version, and it reduces pollution from diesel truck engines.”

RNG is produced when methane, a greenhouse gas that occurs naturally when organic waste breaks down, is captured and upgraded to pipeline standards rather than being released into the air. Organic waste sources such as dairy farms, landfills, sewage, food waste, and dead forest trees create about 80% of all methane emissions in California. Capturing this methane and converting it to RNG rapidly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In California, a 2016 law requires a 40% reduction of methane emissions from waste sources, with provisions to deliver that energy to customers.

Production of the fuel has accelerated quickly in California, supported by state incentive programs seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from trucking and dairy farms.  In just the next three and a half years, at least 160 RNG production facilities will be online in California to serve the transportation fuel sector, producing more than 15.8 million therms of carbon-negative RNG every year and replacing about 119 million gallons of diesel fuel.  That’s enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 3.4 million tons every year, the equivalent of taking more than 730,000 cars off the road.

Renewable natural gas trucks currently displace about 150 million gallons of diesel fuel in California. By increasing RNG trucks by ten times and decreasing diesel trucks by half, California could cut NOx emissions by 200 tons and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons.

In addition, California recently enacted legislation that expands the definition of renewable natural gas to include organic waste such as dead trees, agricultural waste and vegetation removed for wildfire mitigation which is typically converted to RNG by non-combustion thermal conversion.  The new legislation has a twin benefit of helping to manage wildfires with reduced debris and also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

To help expand the growth and use of RNG, SoCalGas has proposed a service that would give its customers the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources, just as millions of people can opt to purchase renewable electricity today.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a draft ruling authorizing such a service, which is expected to be voted on by the end of the year.

Investment in RNG is also growing beyond California.  Oregon recently enacted legislation allowing its natural gas utilities to purchase RNG on behalf of its customers, with the goal of replacing 15% of traditional natural gas with RNG by 2030.  Virginia-based Dominion Energy has committed to investing in enough RNG projects to make its gas infrastructure net-zero carbon by 2040.  In 20 years, enough RNG could be available in the U.S. to replace about 90% of the nation’s current residential natural gas consumption, according to a recent study by ICF.

About SoCalGas
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Gas delivered through the company’s pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.

SoCalGas’ vision is to be the cleanest gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable gas by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its pipeline system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook. 

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Study Shows Comprehensive Alternative Fuels Approach Achieves Greater Emissions Reductions Than Single Technology Focus

Erick Sanchez• October 27, 2020

Analysis of Texas and California Transportation Subsidy Programs Reveals Electric-Only Focus Fails

Washington, DC – At its NGV20 Annual Industry Summit last week, NGVAmerica released the results of a multi-month study of public transportation subsidy programs in the States of Texas and California, and the results are quite striking.

Over a fifteen-year time period from 2005 to 2019, the State of Texas spent $561 million in public resources to assist in the transition to cleaner vehicle technologies.  During the same time period, the State of California spent $816 million, or 46 percent more.  However, in terms of reducing harmful criteria pollutants to improve air quality, California achieved only a 35,229-ton reduction in NOx emissions despite its increased investment while Texas tallied reductions of 61,610 tons of NOx.  Effectively, California regulators spent 46 percent more public money while accomplishing 43 percent less than Texas.

“This analysis presents a stark reality for state and federal policymakers to consider,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage.  “Compared to California’s ZEV-only focus, the Texas approach results in less money spent, deploys more clean heavy-duty trucks and buses on the road, and achieves greater emissions reductions.  The public is best served if state and federal regulators concentrate less on imposing single technology purchases and more on establishing realistic emissions reduction goals while allowing fleets the flexibility to choose the powertrain technology that best meets their needs.”

In completing its analysis, NGVAmerica collected data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TXCEQ) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and California Energy Commission (CEC).  California focused its funding on medium- and heavy-duty battery electric vehicle test projects.  In contrast, Texas focused on replacing older, dirtier medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks with newer, cleaner, CNG, LNG, LPG diesel, and diesel hybrid alternatives.  Overall, Texas spent 31 percent less money on more heavy-duty vehicles and reduced 75 percent more harmful NOx emissions than California.

Since 2000, Texas has reduced its NOx emissions by 69 percent while its total population has increased by 35 percent.  Meanwhile, from 2006 to 2013, California reported annual NOx emissions of 160,000 tons per year.  Since that time – and despite its increased Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV)-focused investment – California’s annual emissions have increased to about 175,000 tons per year.

Texas continues its clean air achievement by supporting vehicle choice and an “all of the above” approach to alternative fuel vehicle technologies.  As Texas begins to add renewable natural gas (RNG) to its natural gas vehicle investments, Texas is creating actual carbon-free fleet solutions today.

While supportive of increased RNG production capacity, California is moving to limit the best use of this captured biomethane – as a transportation fuel – by supporting only ZEV purchases that require massive amounts of public funding to subsidize.

NGVs fueled with RNG are the most immediate and cost-effective carbon-free transportation solution available now.  According to CARB’s own data, RNG holds the lowest carbon intensity of any on-road vehicle fuel, including fully renewable electric.

“Now more than ever, communities need affordable, available, and easily scalable clean transportation solutions that address pollution while ensuring that public funding is put to its best use,” added Gage.  “Natural gas vehicles fueled by RNG is the best carbon-free, zero now solution.”

For more information on how to acquire your CNG/RNG Box Trucks, Busses and Semi Trucks please give us a call. We can walk you through the steps and help you weigh your options regardless of your company size.  

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Mail: info@ngvglobalgroup.com

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Virtual CNG, RNG Pipeline Available For All Industries And Applications

By virtual pipeline

NGV Global Group provides natural gas for customers in areas where there is little or no infrastructure, CNG is transported via trailer in high-capacity, super-lightweight storage tanks. These trailers are filled at major gas pipelines then driven to end use sites for a continual, uninterrupted supply.

CNG can also be transported via standard shipping containers and loaded onto a truck, train, or ship. NGV Global Group can create a virtual pipeline for temporary projects or to fuel a fleet with renewable natural gas or natural gas.

Some fleets are paying so much at the pump that having CNG gas brought to them could greatly reduce their annual fuel costs. Fleets can lower waiting time at busy stations increasing logistic efficiency as a whole. In addition, fleets can eliminate relying on another station that may or not be running congesting efficiency.

Besides fleet companies a virtual pipeline may be used for temporary projects where natural gas is needed in remote or unavailable areas. A virtual natural gas pipeline may also be used by companies needing emergency natural gas supplies.

For Interest in learning about a virtual pipeline option for your company, please contact us for a free consultation.

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    10733 Spangler Rd,
    Dallas, TX 75220 USA
  • Phone: +1 (214) 630-1000
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