RNG Produced in California by Waste Management Company Flows into SoCalGas Pipelines
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company CR&R Environmental (CR&R) are now injecting renewable natural gas (RNG) produced at CR&R’s anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California, into SoCalGas pipelines. This is the first RNG produced within California to be introduced into SoCalGas’ pipeline system. The renewable natural gas from CR&R’s digestion facility is used to fuel about 400 of CR&R’s waste hauling trucks.
“SoCalGas is committed to delivering cost effective solutions to our customers that both reduce emissions linked to climate change and keep energy bills affordable,” said Sharon Tomkins, SoCalGas vice president of customer solutions and strategy. “The relationship with CR&R is a great example of a smart investment by CR&R that delivers immediate and meaningful air quality improvements to communities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.”
CR&R is producing renewable natural gas using organic waste collected in Southern California cities’ green waste bins and processed in an anaerobic digester believed to be the largest and most automated in the world. This biogas is upgraded to the same standards and specifications of traditionally-sourced natural gas and then put into a new 1.4-mile section of SoCalGas pipeline.
“We need clean fuels to achieve clean air,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “This local production and distribution of renewable natural gas will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and enhance our ability to reduce emissions from the region’s heavy-duty vehicles.”