Natural Gas “Just Makes Sense” Display at World Agricultural Expo in Tulare, CA Demonstrates Cleaner Air, Reduced Emissions, and Energy Affordability
A 30-foot shovel, mooing cow giveaway, natural gas truck, and more will demonstrate the importance of renewable natural gas, energy affordability and gas pipeline safety
Feb 12, 2018
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2018 –Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it will highlight solutions to address air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, energy affordability, pipeline safety, and other issues challenging today’s agriculture industry, at the World Agricultural Expo this week in Tulare, Calif. The company’s exhibit, themed “Natural Gas: It Just Makes Sense,” will connect each of the five senses to one of its initiatives.
• Reducing air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley by promoting the use of near-zero emissions heavyduty natural gas trucks;
• Saving money by installing efficient natural gas-fired groundwater pumps that can reduce pumping costs by at least half;
• Excavation safety and calling 811 before digging;
• Saving money with smart thermostats, including a chance to win a free ecobee or Nest thermostat.
A 30-foot-tall shovel at the SoCalGas booth will remind Expo attendees of the importance of pipeline safety and calling 811 prior to excavating. An accompanying display will also demonstrate what can happen when a deep ripping tractor encounters a high-pressure gas line.
Using natural gas in heavy-duty trucks, such as those with a near-zero 12-liter engine, can reduce air pollution, and thus would benefit the many farming communities along the Interstate 5 and Highway 99 corridors. According to a recent American Lung Association report, Kings and Tulare Counties rank as the first and third, respectively, most polluted counties in the nation in year-round air pollution. To help clean the air, SoCalGas has partnered with the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District and other air districts to bring awareness to fleet owners, operators and dealers of the benefits of near-zero heavy-duty natural gas trucks. With the help of state incentives, the company recently worked with a group of fleet owners and operators to begin replacing 400 of their diesel trucks with near-zero natural gas heavy-duty trucks, which will reduce emissions by the equivalent of taking 22,800 gasoline passenger vehicles off the road permanently.
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Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States, providing clean, safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service to 21.7 million customers in Central and Southern California. Its service territory spans 22,000 square miles from Fresno to the Mexican border, reaching more than 550 communities through 5.9 million meters and 101,000 miles of pipeline. More than 90 percent of Southern California single-family home residents use natural gas for home heat and hot water. In addition, natural gas plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians—about 60 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
The International Agri-Center is home to World Ag Expo, February 13-15, 2018, in Tulare, California. An estimated annual average of 100,000 individuals from 70 countries attends World Ag Expo each year. The largest annual agricultural show of its kind, World Ag Expo hosts 1,500 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space.
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