December 15 (Renewables Now) - Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) said on Thursday it will lead a solicitation process for selecting at least five dairy biomethane projects that will be connected to the gas pipeline system.
SoCalGas, a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE), has been selected to lead the process by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
The news is in relation to CPUC's plan to implement Senate Bill 1383, which is said to be the most aggressive law to reduce short-lived climate pollutants in the US and requires state agencies to adopt policies to significantly increase the sustainable production and use of renewable gas.
SoCalGas said that as the largest gas distributor in the US it is positioned to make the infrastructure investments needed to maximise the production and use of renewable natural gas. "We look forward to partnering with California dairies to develop the biomethane pilot programs this law requires and help build the market for renewable natural gas, contributing to accomplishment of our state's environmental objectives and priorities," the company added.
About 80% of methane emissions in California come from waste streams, SoCalGas says. Instead of contributing to climate change, these emissions can be harnessed and converted to renewable natural gas, which can be stored and delivered through existing infrastructure, it explains. The technology can be, therefore, implemented quickly to help California reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet its renewable energy targets, the company adds.