Award recognizes SoCalGas' commitment to sustainability through projects that demonstrate exemplary performance.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council - Los Angeles' (USGBC-LA) Sustainable Innovation Award in the category of "Energy and Operational Carbon" for its soon-to-be-completed [H2] Innovation Experience microgrid demonstration project in Downey, California. SoCalGas was honored at USGBC-LA's 12th Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards on December 8, which recognized companies' commitments to sustainability through projects that demonstrate exemplary performance.
"SoCalGas is making sustainability front and center in all that we do, and nowhere is that more apparent than our work on the [H2] Innovation Experience," said Jawaad Malik, vice president, strategy and sustainability and chief environmental officer for SoCalGas. "The clean fuels microgrid technology at the [H2] Innovation Experience showcases how new and existing energy infrastructure can work together to deliver reliable, around-the-clock energy that also helps California reach its climate goals more quickly and more affordably."
The [H2] Innovation Experience – named a world-changing idea by Fast Company in 2021 – is a clean hydrogen microgrid demonstration project featuring clean hydrogen production and storage along with a nearly 2,000 square-foot home that can draw power from solar panels on sunny days and convert excess renewable energy into clean hydrogen. Excess renewable energy can be stored and then converted back into electricity, as needed, via an on-site hydrogen fuel cell 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The microgrid is being constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards and is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
The USGBC-LA sustainability award comes on the heels of SoCalGas being awarded in October the top "Business Transformation Award" at the 2022 Responsible Business Awards, hosted by Reuters Events, where the company was recognized for having established truly transformative sustainability priorities with the potential to create impact at scale in the energy sector and beyond.
SoCalGas has long made sustainability a priority at its facilities. The company's Energy Resource Center (ERC) earned California's first "Energy Star Building" award in 1995. Later, the ERC became the first building in California to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED "green building" recognition. And it was certified as LEED Gold in 2013 – the second-highest designation – in recognition of the building's design in terms of carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor environmental quality. And in 2018, the ERC was awarded WELL Certification at the Silver Level by the WELL Building Institute, an award for buildings and spaces that promote human health, well-being, and comfort in their design.
In 2021, SoCalGas became the first and the largest natural gas utility in the United States to announce its aim to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Earlier this year, SoCalGas announced its Sustainability Strategy, putting words into action by setting measurable clean energy and sustainability objectives. These efforts cover a broad range of goals and initiatives aimed at achieving a safe, reliable, resilient, affordable, and equitable energy transition to net zero. For more information, visit https://www.socalgas.com/sustainability.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company's pipelines will continue to play a key role in California's clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment.
SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas aspires to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE), an energy infrastructure company based in San Diego.
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These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that the company has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and on Sempra's website, www.sempra.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.
Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra Texas, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Company or Southern California Gas Company, and Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra Texas, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the CPUC.
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