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Roadmap to a US Hydrogen Economy (Ind. Report Attached)
Hydrogn
Date: 2020-03-23
The attached Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy stresses the versatility of hydrogen as an enabler of the renewable energy systems, transportation and other applications.

The report was developed by: Air Liquide; American Honda Motor Co., Inc; Audi; Chevron; Cummins Inc.; Daimler AG: Mercedes-Benz FuelCell GmbH/Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America; Engie; Exelon Corporation; Hyundai Motor Company; Microsoft; Nikola Motors; Nel Hydrogen; Plug Power; Power Innovations; Shell; Southern California Gas Company; Southern Company Services; Toyota; and Xcel Energy.

Download Roadmap to a US Hydrogen Economy HERE (Source: Green Car Congress, 22 Mar.,2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen Alternative Fuel,  


SoCalEd Efficiency Programs Saved $55.6 Mn in 2019 (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2020-02-12
In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalEd) is reporting its various energy efficiency programs collectively saved $55.6 million in 2019. The savings were equivalent to removing more than 265,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 57,000 cars off of California roads for one year, according to a release.

SoCalGas energy efficiency programs include offering rebates on hundreds of home appliances and products such as smart thermostat,LED lighting, energy efficient furnaces, Energy Star appliances and others that help cut energy consumption and reduce costs. (Source: SoCalGas, CNS, Feb., 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Darren Hanway, manager of energy programs and strategy , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Calgren Dairy RNG-Biogas Production Increased (Ind. Report)
Calgren Dairy Fuels ,SoCalGas
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Golden State, Calgren Dairy Fuels and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is reporting four additional Central Valley dairies are now supplying methane produced from cow manure to Calgren's biogas operation in Pixley, where it is processed into renewable natural gas (RNG) and injected into SoCalGas' system.

The Calgren facility now collects methane from more than 66 000 cows at 10 area dairy farms. The additional dairies are projected to nearly double the Pixley facility's RNG production capacity. (Source: Calgren Dairy Fuels, Energy Global, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Walt Dwelle, Principal Owner , Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Calgren Dairy Fuels ,  SoCalGas,  Biogas,  RNG,  


US DOE Funding Methanol Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas ,Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Date: 2019-11-27
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Richland, Washington-based US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are reporting receipt of $300,000 in US DOE funding to design, fabricate and demonstrate a modular Integrated CO2 Capture and Conversion to Methanol (ICCCM) prototype for the combined capture and conversion of CO2 into methanol at an industrial CO2 source -- electric generation or anaerobic digestion facility.

Over the next two years, the project will evaluate the compatibility of certain catalysts and solvents, design and build and test a reactor a project that would advance the development of Integrated CO2 Capture and Conversion to Methanol (ICCCM). SoCalGas has spent more than $10 million on the research and development of low or zero carbon technologies in the last three years. (Source: SoCalGas, Energy Global, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: SoCalGas, Yuri Freedman, Senior Director of Business Development, www.socalgas.com; PNNL, Dr. David Heldebrant, www.pnnl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Carbon Capture,  ,  Southern California Gas ,  Methanol,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,  


SocalGas Unveils Country's Largest RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
SocalGas,Calgren
Date: 2019-07-31
SocalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the US, reports the completion of the Calgren dairy renewable natural gas facility in Pixley. The natural gas facility, developed in partnership with Calgren Dairy Fuels, is the first of its kind in California. SocalGas has provided Calgren with a $5 million incentive, authorised by the California PUC to support the project.

Calgren will collect cow manure from four dairy farms and process it using an anaerobic digesters to produce methane emissions which will then be used to produce transportation fuel. The digesters in the Calgren project are partially funded under California's Dairy Digester Research and Development Programme, which aims to reduce GHG emissions from manure generated at state dairy farms. California currently has about 30 operational dairy RNG projects and 50 under development.

A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: SocalGas, SmartEnergy, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Walt Dwelle, Principal Owner , Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SocalGas,  Calgren,  anaerobic digester,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


SoCalGas Seeks to Offer Renewable Natural Gas (Reg & Leg)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2019-03-01
In the Golden State, Los Angeles-headquartered Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking to offer "carbon-neutral" renewable natural gas (RNG) in Central and Southern California.

Under the SoCalGas proposal, millions of Californians would have the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources. The program is expected to create increased demand for renewable natural gas, which should help increase supply and lower its cost over time, similar to what has happened with renewable electricity created from wind and solar power, according to SoCalGas.

A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Biogas,  Methane Renewable Natural Gas,  


SoCal Gas Launches NatGas Energy Conservation (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Company
Date: 2018-12-10
Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) is touting the launch of its "Dial it Down" program designed to teach customers how to conserve energy and natural gas this winter when heat is in high demand. SoCalGas will release the "Dial It Down" alerts through either social media or the radio as the weather dictates.

According to SoCalGas, the program will increase energy reliability, save customers money, and reduce emissions related to climate change.

SoCalGas is also launching a "Smart Therm Program" under which participants set their "Smart Thermostat" to automatically adjust when energy conservation is needed; rebates are available for purchasing the thermostat.

SoCalGas offers more than 90 energy efficiency programs to keep natural gas consumption and costs low and realistic for Southern Californians.(Source: Southern California Gas Co, Santa Barbara Independent, 9 Dec., 2018)Contact: Southern California Gas, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SoCal Gas,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Smart Thermostat,  


Willdan Wins Hospitality Energy Mgmt. Contract (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Company,Wildan
Date: 2018-10-24
Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group Inc. reports it has been awarded a pay-for-performance contract by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to implement the utility's Commercial Energy Management Technology (EMT) for Lodging Program. This two-year, $2.5 million program will bring EMT-system-based, natural-gas-saving energy efficiency projects to participating lodging customers consuming 50,000 therms or less annually.

Willdan will begin each project by performing a building energy audit and proposing an energy efficiency project plan based on the customer's needs and budget. Data measurement commences after new equipment, including the EMT system, have been installed. In addition to measuring and verifying energy savings, Willdan will provide engineering, technical, and administrative assistance to customers through the duration of the program.

The Program offers up-front incentives to help offset customer out-of-pocket costs, and upon confirmation of energy savings, customers will receive additional incentives based on actual natural gas savings, capped at 50 pct of project costs. (Source: Wildan, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: WildanGroup Inc., Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (714) 940-6300, smclaughlin@willdan.com, www.wildan.com; SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas Company,  Wildan,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


SoCalGas Planning RNG Vehicle Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2018-09-19
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it will soon begin a pilot project using renewable natural gas (RNG) for the first time at its 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations and at six fueling stations in the San Diego area.

RNG fuel is produced from the methane generated in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairy operations and, depending on its source, can be low-carbon or in some cases, even carbon-negative, according to SoCalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the U.S. (Source: SoCalGas, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  SoCalGas,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


Dairy Biomethane Pilot Projects Sought in California (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Co.
Date: 2018-01-24
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southwest Gas are jointly seeking 5 or more dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383.

Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas for electic power generation ,heating and fueling vehicles.

The draft solicitation is the first step in a new program created under SB 1383 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has been directed to reduce me Proposed projects will be jointly selected by the CPUC, California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Dairy biogas development is rapidly increasing in California, with help in part from $35 million in grant funding last year from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA is expected to provide an additional $61-$75 million in grant funding for new dairy biogas projects this year. There are currently about 40 projects in the works, and experts expect there could be as many as 120 projects being developed by 2022, according to a SoCal Gas release. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern California Gas,, www.socalgas.com; San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com; Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; California Department of Food and Agriculture, (916) 654-0466, www.cdfa.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego Gas & Electric ,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  Southern California Gas,  Biogass,  Methane,  Biomethane,  


SoCalGas Establishing, Funding Advanced Energy Community (Ind. Report)
SoCalGas,University of California-Irvine
Date: 2017-12-18
In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reports it is partnering with the University of California-Irvine's Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an Advanced Energy Community in an under-served neighborhood in Huntington Beach.

The community will be planned as a replicable model that optimizes a variety of energy options, including solar, wind and renewable natural gas. It will also consider the capability of storing wind- and solar-generated energy with power-to-gas technology.

SoCalGas is providing $150,000 in co-funding for the Huntington Beach project, which was proposed in response to a California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) solicitation. The EPIC program funds clean energy research and demonstration and deployment projects that support the state' energy policy goals and promote greater electricity reliability, lower costs and increased safety. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, 13 Dec., 2017)SoCalGas, Jeff Reed, Director Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, www.socalgas.com; University of California-Irvine, https://uci.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California-Irvine,  SoCalGas,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  

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