SoCalGas Opens New CNG Fueling Station in Southern California
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), local officials and business representatives recently celebrated the opening of a new public CNG fueling station located in Fontana, California. The ceremony was held during National Clean Energy Week, which was first conceived in 2017 with the goal of advancing support of our nation’s energy sector through new methods of market development, policy change, and technological innovation. The new station was designed to serve the needs of the local and regional trucking industry and is the largest SoCalGas CNG fueling station constructed to date.
SoCalGas also recently announced it will soon begin using renewable natural gas (RNG) for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations across its service territory, as well as at six fueling stations in the San Diego area.
“The latest generation of natural gas trucks, fueled with renewable natural gas virtually eliminate air pollution and emissions linked to climate change,” said Rodger Schwecke, senior vice president of gas transmission, storage and engineering for SoCalGas. “By giving truck drivers and fleet operators more locations to fuel up, we can put more of these trucks on the road and deliver an immediate benefit to communities, especially those along our busy freeways.”
The new CNG station, located just off Interstate 10, extends the network of CNG stations across a key regional corridor and will provide owners and operators of natural gas-fueled trucks and other vehicles with a new, convenient place to fuel. SoCalGas says more than 20,000 trucks travel along the freeway each day.
The Fontana location is the 13th public SoCalGas-operated CNG fueling station to open, and SoCalGas has three more stations currently under construction in California—one in Pacoima, one in Bakersfield and one in Ramona. 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 natural gas trucks.