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SoCalGas proposes development of largest hydrogen system in the US

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SoCalGas, the Southern California Gas Company, announced this Thursday its proposal to develop what would be the nation’s largest green hydrogen energy infrastructure system. The proposed project would deliver clean, reliable renewable energy to the Los Angeles region.

Firstly, the project is called the Angeles Link. It intends to support the integration of more renewable electricity resources like solar and wind; it would also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric generation, industrial processes; heavy-duty trucks, and other hard-to-electrify sectors in the region.

Moreover, the project also intends to decrease demand for natural gas, diesel; and other fossil fuels in the LA Basin by increasing the use of hydrogen; which would, in turn, help the acceleration of California’s clean energy goals.

Particularly, as proposed, the Angeles Link project would displace up to 3 million gallons of diesel fuel per day by replacing diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks with hydrogen fuel cell trucks; eliminate up to nearly 25,000 tons of smog-forming NOx per year; and also provide clean fuel to convert up to four natural gas power plants to green hydrogen.

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SoCalGas already filed a petition for the project’s approval

Furthermore, as contemplated, the project would deliver green hydrogen in an amount equivalent to almost 25 percent of the natural gas SoCalGas delivers today. Consequently, completing the project would provide a clean alternative fuel in one of the biggest markets in the world.

Scott Drury, chief executive officer of SoCalGas said about the matter. “The challenges we face on climate require solutions of scale and urgency.” “The project is one of the world’s largest clean energy infrastructure systems, to help tackle emissions for which there are no easy answers.”

He also remarked. “The Angeles Link project, if approved and completed, (would) extend our state’s position as a leader on clean energy well into the future; while helping to attract billions of dollars in new investment and maintaining and creating thousands of skilled jobs.”

Finally, SoCalGas said it has filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting approval to track costs related to the development of the Angeles Link. The company proposes a phased approach with a robust stakeholder process each step of the way.

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