SoCalGas opens new RNG fuelling station in California

Southern California Gas Co has opened a new RNG fuelling station in Menifee, California.

The Menifee CNG fuelling station is the sixteenth public station operated by SoCalGas. It will exclusively offer RNG derived from methane that would otherwise be emitted from landfills, dairy farms, and other waste sources.

According to a recent report, RNG use as a transportation fuel in California has increased by 177% over the last five years. In 2020, over 92% of natural gas trucks in the state were fuelled by renewable gas, some of which was facilitated through SoCalGas’ fuelling stations and helped to displace 1.83 million tons of CO2e.

“Fuelling with RNG is an affordable way to eliminate air pollution and emissions linked to climate change,” said Don Widjaja, vice president of customer solutions SoCalGas.

“As the use of RNG in transportation continues to increase in our state, it is important to give us 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 emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045.

SoCalGas has worked with fleet owners to secure millions of dollars in incentive funding for the replacement of diesel trucks with cleaner, new near-zero emissions natural gas trucks. Additionally, the company plans to convert 200 Ford F-250 service pick-up trucks to run on RNG within its fleet. With the addition of these trucks, nearly 40% of SoCalGas’ fleet will be operating on clean fuels.

Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto commented: “Congratulations to SoCalGas on the opening of your new CNG fuelling station. This infrastructure upgrade will bring the benefits of cleaner energy to all our communities in Southwest Riverside County.”

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