Utility With Retail Choice Program Seeks Authorization To Offer Renewable Natural Gas To Customers
February 28, 2019 Email This Story Copyright 2010-19 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission seeking to offer renewable natural gas to its 21 million customers in Central and Southern California.
"Renewable natural gas is a fuel produced from waste and agriculture that can be used to heat homes and businesses, for cooking, and to fuel trucks and buses," the company said
"If approved, the renewable natural gas program will be available to nearly all SoCalGas core residential and small commercial and industrial customers. Residential customers will be able to have some of their natural gas delivered from renewable sources, choosing from several set dollar amounts to be provided from renewable natural gas supplies. Commercial customers will be able to have all of their natural gas come from renewable sources or select from a series of set dollar amounts or a percentage of their total gas use," the utility said
"Each month, participating customers would see a line item on their bill that includes the amount of renewable gas they received, along with a very small program fee. To allow the utilities to enter into the longer-term contracts necessary to purchase renewable natural gas, residential customers will have to commit to one year. After one year, they would have the option to change their dollar amount or could participate on a month-to-month basis," the utility said
SoCalGas hopes to offer the program beginning in 2020 if regulators at the California Public Utilities Commission approve the proposal.
"Customers who support being able to purchase a portion of their gas from renewable sources and increase their use of green energy should express their support by contacting the Public Utilities Commission Public Advisor at 1 (877) 849-8390 or email@example.com," SoCalGas said
SoCalGas said that, "Many organizations and businesses have voiced support for the renewable natural gas proposal, including environmental groups, businesses, and universities."
Among those is the University of California, various chambers of commerce, and the executive director for the Commerce Industrial Council