SoCalGas opens new regional base with CNG station in Bakersfield

July 15, 2019. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of a new net-zero energy building which will serve as its regional base. The building earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmental benefits, which include a photovoltaic solar energy system, storm water management, drought-resistant and climate-appropriate landscaping, the use of natural lighting for the wellness of employees and a super energy-efficient air conditioning system power by natural gas instead of electricity.  Photos of the ribbon cutting ceremony are available here.

   The 31,000 square-foot building is located at 35118 McMurtrey Avenue in Bakersfield near the connection of Highways 99 and 65. It includes an employee training facility and customer demonstration center, plus a separate storage building, garage, photovoltaic solar energy system and compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for company and public use. Opening in the fall, the CNG station will make it easier for truck drivers to fuel up with clean natural gas instead of diesel. SoCalGas plans to dispense 100 percent renewable natural gas at the fueling station when it opens.

   “This new LEED-certified building is designed to be net-zero energy, meaning the total energy used by the building will be roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site from its photovoltaic energy system,” said Estela de Llanos, vice president of operations support and sustainability and chief environmental officer at SoCalGas. “In addition, the new facility’s Customer Demonstration Center will exhibit some of the many emerging gas technologies, created with SoCalGas support, that deliver meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions.”

   “SoCalGas has provided reliable natural gas to Kern County and the surrounding counties for decades, and this new location near Highways 99 and 65 is ideal for continuing that good service to more than 100,000 Kern County homes and businesses,” said Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh.

   “One of my favorite things about this new facility is that it will have a renewable natural gas fueling station for trucks traveling Highways 99 and 65,” said David Couch, Kern County Supervisor (District 4) and a member of the Governing Board of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. “Using renewable natural gas—more and more of which will be created in the San Joaquin Valley—helps not only reduce methane emissions from agriculture, dairy and other sources, but will improve air quality and the health of people in Kern County.”