SoCalGas opens new Renewable Natural Gas Fueling station in Menifee, California

Nov. 8, 2021
The utility also plans to convert 200 of its Ford F-250 service pick-up trucks to RNG-fueled ones

Utility firm Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has opened a new renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station in Menifee, California. It is the 16th public station operated by the utility firm.

RNG is a clean, sustainable fuel made from methane. SoCalGas fueling stations have facilitated the fueling of some of the natural gas trucks in California. More than 92% of the natural gas trucks in the state were fueled by RNG in 2020.

SoCalGas Vice President of Customer Solutions, Don Widjaja explained, “Fueling with RNG is an affordable way to eliminate air pollution and emissions linked to climate change. As the use of RNG in transportation continues to increase in our state, it is important to us to give drivers and fleet operators more locations to fuel up. Our commitment to reducing emissions from the transportation sector continues to be a focus as we work towards our goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emission in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045.”

Currently, SoCalGas is testing two technologies, which will produce hydrogen from renewable natural gas at SunLine Transit Agency's hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, California. This “H2 SilverSTARS” project will fuel SunLine's fleet of 21 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses.

SoCalGas has worked with fleet owners on the replacement of diesel trucks with natural gas trucks. The utility also plans to convert 200 of its Ford F-250 service pick-up trucks to RNG-fueled ones. With these conversions, nearly 40% of SoCalGas’ fleet will run on clean fuels.