May 17 (Renewables Now) - Southern California Gas Co (SoCalGas) has been granted approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to proceed with the next phase of construction of four dairy biomethane projects in California.
The regulator approved last week the contracts that the US natural gas utility signed with project developers to build the infrastructure needed to connect the four biomethane facilities to the SoCalGas pipeline system.
SoCalGas said Thursday that it could now start with the design and the engineering phase. The facilities are slated for completion by December 2020. Once finalised, biogas from anaerobic digestion systems at 35 dairies will be collected and cleaned to produce renewable natural gas for general public use. The facilities are expected to produce enough pipeline-quality gas to serve close to 40,000 households annually.