PG&E announces new production pilot and procurement of renewable natural gas

October 30, 2023. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has reached a historic milestone in its commitment to decarbonize its natural gas system and expand on technologies that support the production of new, carbon-free and carbon-neutral energy resources. For the first time in the company’s history, it has begun the process to purchase California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) for residential and small commercial customers. The company is also announcing a new biomass-to-RNG project. 

These clean-energy advancements come as the nation celebrates Clean Energy Action Month. They also support tenets of California’s SB 1440 and related policies.

“A clean and decarbonized energy future requires bold steps and breakthrough technologies. We’re excited and eager to partner with other change-makers in Northern California to expand and scale the production of clean, renewable natural gas from the abundant wood waste available within our state,” said Engineering, Policy and Strategy Executive Vice President, Jason Glickman. 

PG&E has launched an initiative to purchase California-produced RNG for its natural gas customers, the first step in a plan to procure RNG to serve 15% of its residential and commercial demand by 2030.  The woody biomass-to-RNG project, a collaboration between PG&E and West Biofuels located in Woodland, Calif. will test new technology that converts wood and forest waste into a clean source of pipeline-ready natural gas. The facility uses advanced technology to convert most of the renewable carbon in the biomass into natural gas, maximizing output and eliminating emissions during production. This RNG source will provide natural gas service to residential and small commercial customers.