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Biogas and Biomethane

Certain businesses produce organic waste that can be repurposed into a clean, renewable fuel source called biogas. When biogas is conditioned to pipeline-quality natural gas, it becomes biomethane. Here are some types of businesses that tend to have their own supplies of the waste needed to make biomethane:

  • Dairies
  • Food processing companies
  • Waste water treatment plants

Benefits of Biomethane

You can use biomethane to power equipment that uses natural gas or generate your own electricity on-site. This is a great way to save money and energy overall:

  • Lower emissions of unused "waste" methane
  • Reduce the need for conventional fossil fuel
  • Cut production and waste disposal costs

Unlike other sources of renewable energy—such as solar and wind—biomethane doesn’t need the sun to shine or the wind to blow. Waste material can be converted into deliverable, renewable energy 24/7!

Selling Biomethane on the Open Market

When biogas is conditioned into biomethane, it potentially sells at a higher price than natural gas. For example, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) had an average gas price of $3.89 per MMBTU in 2013, while biomethane could have been sold for in the range between $10 to $13 per MMBTU.

SoCalGas has an existing infrastructure of pipelines which can be used to transport biomethane almost anywhere. Are you interested in learning more about how to interconnect with SoCalGas' open access system?

How It Works

Where do biogas and biomethane come from? We explain this fairly simple procedure.

Seeking to Condition/Upgrade Your Biogas?

SoCalGas has compiled a list of suppliers1 which includes project developers, consultants, equipment manufacturers, installers and others which may prove helpful to you in this process. Non-utility service providers may offer services that are the same or similar to the SoCalGas Biogas Conditioning/Upgrading Services Tariff and customers are encouraged to explore these service options.

Contact Us

For more information, contact JLucas@semprautilities.com 

1Provided for information purposes only. There are numerous qualified non-utility providers of products and services needed for construction and operation of biogas conditioning and upgrading facilities, but Southern California Gas Company does not recommend or endorse the products or services of any particular party listed herein, or represent that the particular products or services are fit for any particular purpose or use. By publishing this list, Southern California Gas Company is not acting in an advisory capacity, and does not assume any responsibility for use of the list by customers. Although commercially reasonable efforts are used in posting this list, no representation is made that it is complete or free from error. Related information is posted at www.socalgas.com. To be added to the list, please send an e-mail to jlucas@semprautilities.com. Vendors are listed alphabetically and the order of listing implies no preference.

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