LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern
California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Yorba Linda Water District
(YLWD) today commemorated the installation of YLWD's new natural
gas-powered electricity generator located at the water district's
Elk Mountain Booster Pump Station. The generator was installed to
provide back-up power in the event of power loss from wildfires,
Public Safety Power Shutoffs, and other emergencies. Natural
gas-powered generators are one of the cleanest, resilient and most
affordable energy solutions available for backup energy in an event
of an emergency.
In case of an emergency, such as an earthquake or wildfire, the
generator produces 500 kWh electricity to power three pumps that
boost water into higher elevations and maintain water service to
many of Yorba Linda's 68,000
residents as well as emergency services in the area.
"During wildfires, having a reliable water source is essential,"
said YLWD president Phil Hawkins.
"People need water to put out fires. YLWD needs power to move
water. The Natural Gas Backup Generator adds that power reliability
to our system. It gives first responders and residents more
protection from the dangerous wildfires that plague our
"I was pleased to support YLWD in obtaining the necessary
permits," said Yorba Linda City Council Member Carlos Rodriguez.
"As a Governing Board Member of the South Coast Air Quality
Management District, I had the privilege to assist with this clean
energy project. This is a critical step to ensure Yorba Linda families and homes are protected
from power-related water emergencies thanks to this backup energy
"Resiliency tools such as this natural gas-powered generator
offer our communities the support they need during an emergency
event," said Rasha Prince, director of customer energy
solutions at SoCalGas. "This onsite generation system will help
provide reliable, clean, and affordable energy to YLWD during grid
outages caused by fires or other emergencies."
To support high reliability and cost savings, YLWD chose to take
advantage of a new SoCalGas' rate class called the Core Electric
Generating Rate. This new rate offers an affordable option
for SoCalGas' commercial customers who require unrestricted
services for electric generating equipment.
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Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is
the largest gas distribution
utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers
affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service
to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of
Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of
residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying
clothes or other uses. Gas delivered through the company's
pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to
Californians— about 45 percent of electric power
generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
SoCalGas' vision is to be the cleanest gas utility
in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly
renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision,
SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional
natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. By
developing renewable gas from our state's abundant organic waste
streams, we can help to meet our climate goals sooner, while
diversifying our carbon-free energy sources, improving energy
resilience and reliability, while also creating additional
renewable fuel and jobs for our communities. SoCalGas is also
committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while
keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018,
the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and
modernize its pipeline system to enhance safety and reliability.
SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an
energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more
information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with
on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas)
About Yorba Linda Water District
A "District of Distinction" for its commitment to good
governance, ethics, and sound operating practices, Yorba Linda
Water District serves the residents of Yorba Linda and portions of Placentia, Brea, Anaheim, and unincorporated areas of
Orange County. Governed by a
five-member publicly elected Board of Directors, YLWD's mission is
to provide reliable water and sewer services and to protect public
health and the environment with financial integrity and superior
public service. It accomplishes this by embracing proven
technologies, improving customer satisfaction, providing efficient
and responsive operations, and ensuring reliable
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