SoCalGas reduces CNG price by $0.26 per gallon at its fueling stations

March 29, 2019. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced the company will lower the price of compressed natural gas (CNG) at all of its 13 public access natural gas vehicle fueling stations by $0.26 per gallon beginning April 1st. Through a California Public Utilities Commission approved program, the utility is able to offer a reduced price by returning revenue generated from the sale of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits to customers.

   The LCFS program is administered by the California Air Resources Board and seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 20 percent through 2030. Under the program, fuels that help lower GHG emissions, such as natural gas, generate LCFS credits.

   "Natural gas has played a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the LCFS program, while also reducing smog-forming emissions by over 90% percent," said Yuri Freedman, senior director of business development at SoCalGas. "Lowering the cost of this clean fuel increases the benefits for trucking fleets and others that have switched from gasoline or diesel to natural gas."

   Natural gas costs significantly less than gasoline or diesel per gallon. For example, the average pump price at utility compressed natural gas stations was $2.37 per gallon in February, whereas the average cost of gasoline in California was $3.24 per gallon, and the average cost of diesel was $3.73 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.