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SoCalGas for CNG in Monterey Park

September 25, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Public Station Is First Under New Compression Services Tariff

A new compressed natural gas fueling station Monterey Park, just east of Los Angeles, is the first for Southern California Gas under a new Compression Services Tariff.

SoCalGas customer solutions VP Rodger Schwecke, Monterey Park Mayor Peter Chan, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu and Monterey Park Councilmember Hans Liang with CNG-fueled Sprit bus at the Monterey Park CNG station opening .. Michael Baker photo

SoCalGas customer solutions VP Rodger Schwecke, Monterey Park Mayor Peter Chan, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu and Monterey Park Councilmember Hans Liang with CNG-fueled Sprit bus at the Monterey Park CNG station opening .. Michael Baker photo



The new tariff, the company explains, “allows SoCalGas to plan, design, procure, construct, own, operate, and maintain compression equipment on customer premises to meet pressure requirements as requested by the customer.”

It is in the public interest, the utility maintains, “because it offers additional choice to consumers and makes more widely available a service that reduces the health and environmental impacts from air pollution, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and will lead to an increase in the use of natural gas, an alternative to gasoline and diesel fuel” (F&F, December 21, 2012).

The station on South Alhambra Avenue will support Monterey Park Spirit CNG buses, as well as parking shuttles, taxis, and other fleet vehicles, “providing fuel to the public during the day when city vehicles are not scheduled to be fueled.”

ANGI, Oasis, Staubli, Gasboy

Equipment at the SoCalGas Monterey Park CNG station includes

  • a two-hose public dispenser with Oasis Fill valve and Staubli nozzles;
  • twin ANGI Energy 50E compressors rated at 75 standard cubic feet per minute each;
  • a single-tower dryer rated for 225 scfm at 17 psig supply;
  • three storage spheres rated for 11,600 cubic feet at 4,500 psig;
  • an electronic priority panel; and
  • TopKAT Plus card reader by Gasboy, able to accept all major credit cards for public fueling and to handle RFID/MIFARE tags for fleet vehicles.
State-of-the-art CNG compression and dispensing equipment at the new Monterey Park station operated by SoCalGas.

State-of-the-art CNG compression and dispensing equipment at the new Monterey Park station operated by SoCalGas.

“As the first project completed under our new Compression Services Tariff, this is an outstanding example of public/private partnership that delivers business value to our customers and provides affordable, reliable and clean transportation fuel that can help clean our air and benefit our environment,” SoCalGas customer solutions VP Rodger Schwecke says in the new station announcement.

“The new CNG fueling facility provides the infrastructure our customer required to deliver the right level of services and cost-effectively fuel the City’s buses and fleet vehicles,” Schwecke told F&F. “It will also serve broader community needs as another public access point in California’s growing natural gas refueling network.

“This project is an example of the value that SoCalGas can provide to our customers as a consultant and partner in planning and implementing natural gas infrastructure projects. It will help the City of Monterey Park save money, conserve scarce resources and benefit the environment,” he said.

‘Saving Our City Money’

“Our new facility will help reduce our CNG fuel costs by about 50%, saving our city money and conserving scarce resources,” Ron Bow, director of public works and assistant city manager of Monterey Park, says in the SoCalGas announcement.

“This project makes good business sense for the City of Monterey Park,” Bow said. “By also helping cut smog-forming pollutants and reducing our carbon footprint, this project is good for taxpayers, our neighbors and our environment.”

‘Another Link’

The Monterey Park CNG station project was developed through the new SoCalGas Compression Services Tariff and partially funded by grants from the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the utility notes.

The station “adds another link to California’s rapidly expanding natural gas fueling infrastructure” – nearly 600 natural gas stations across the state, more than one-quarter providing public access, the largest natural gas vehicle fueling network in the country.

Jim Lucas is market development manager for compression services at SoCalGas.

SoCalGas VP Rodger Schwecke describes the equipment and operations of the new Monterey Park facility to Congresswoman Judy Chu.

SoCalGas VP Rodger Schwecke describes the equipment and operations of the new Monterey Park facility to Congresswoman Judy Chu.


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Source: SoCalGas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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