It’s the Utility’s First for Transporting Biomethane
Southern California Gas and CR&R Environmental have broken ground for an eight-inch pipeline that will bring carbon-neutral RNG/renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time.
The connecting pipeline, funded by CR&R Environmental, will reach approximately 1.4 miles from an existing SoCalGas pipeline to a new CR&R anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, Calif. slated to be complete this spring. Renewable natural gas from the digestion facility will be designated specifically to power CR&R’s fleet of approximately 900 waste hauling trucks (F&F, September 21, 2015).
“Bringing renewable gas into our pipeline system is a big step forward for SoCalGas and for California,” SoCalGas customer solutions and communications VP Lisa Alexander said in a release.
“Using our pipeline infrastructure to distribute this carbon-neutral fuel will help to slow climate change and meet state goals for increasing use of renewable fuels.
“We see this de-carbonization of our pipeline system as the way of the future,” Alexander said.
Eisenmann USA and Greenlane Biogas
The utility expects it will be able to bring renewable gas from the facility into its pipelines by June of this year.
CR&R’s new anaerobic digester at Perris, supplied by Eisenmann USA and Greenlane Biogas and constructed by W.M. Lyles, “will use source-separated organic waste collected in cities’ green collection carts to produced carbon-neutral renewable methane,” states the RNG pipeline release.
“This gas will then be further refined using pollution-free technology and distributed through SoCalGas’s pipeline infrastructure. Such natural gas can be used to fuel heavy-duty trucks, generate electricity, or fuel heating systems.
HUGE Potential for RNG in California
“CR&R’s Perris digestion facility is believed to be the largest in the world.”
SoCalGas notes too that according to studies, California could produce almost 300 billion cubic feet of renewable natural gas per year “just from organic waste.” The fuel could be used to generate enough renewable electricity to power 2 to 3 million homes, “or enough to replace 75% of all the diesel fuel used by motor vehicles in California” (emphasis added).
The SoCalGas-CR&R pipeline news comes less than one month before Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA/Gladstein, Neandross & Associates is to host the third annual Rethink Methane conference. Rethink Methane 2017 takes place February 21-22 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.
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Source: SoCalGas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up