Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has awarded more than US$44 000 to the City of Corona, California, for the completion of a renewable natural gas project at its water and power facility. Corona is among 100 local governments that have passed resolutions in support of climate policies that include renewable natural gas to reduce emissions from buildings.
The project includes the retrofitting of an existing biogas conditioning unit at one of the city's wastewater treatment facilities. The unit converts methane emissions from the wastewater treatment process into renewable natural gas that is used to heat the facility, helping reduce emissions.
"Renewable natural gas projects like this one are essential to meeting California's environmental goals since they remove potent methane emissions linked to climate change, reduce fossil fuel use and can help municipal wastewater treatment facilities save money," said Jeff Walker, Vice President of Customer Solutions for SoCalGas. "As part of our commitment to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, SoCalGas has committed to replacing 20% of the natural gas we deliver to our customers with renewable natural gas over the next decade. Helping cities increase energy efficiency at municipal facilities and reduce methane emissions is another vital part of our commitment."
"The city's experience with this renewable energy project is one of many reasons the city council passed a resolution in support of a policy that provides affordable, reliable and diverse energy to the residents and business owners of Corona," said Mayor Jason Scott. "Not only is the city saving money and energy at our water reclamation facility thanks to this project, but we are also reducing emissions through the use of renewable natural gas."
SoCalGas and the Corona Department of Water & Power began the biogas conditioning project based on results of a 2013 engineering audit performed by SoCalGas. The incentive funding was provided by SoCalGas' energy efficiency programs, authorised by the California Public Utilities Commission.
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