Dubbed Angeles Link, the effort could see the utility company convert up to four natural gas power plants to green hydrogen, displace up to three million gallons of diesel from trucks each day with hydrogen, and eliminate nearly 25,000 tonnes of smog annually.

Through focusing on the US’ largest manufacturing hub, it is hoped SoCalGas’ effort will cut demand for natural gas, diesel and other fossil fuels in the LA Basin ad help accelerate California’s climate and clean air goals.

On the Angeles Link plans, Scott Drury, CEO of SolCalGas, said, “The challenges we face on climate require solutions of scale and urgency.

“The Angeles Link is designed to meet those challenges head-on. Today in Southern California we’re announcing plans for one of the world’s largest clean energy infrastructure systems, to help tackle emissions for which there are no easy answers.

“Those emissions – from power plants, industry, and heavy-duty trucks – very much ‘count’ and must be significantly reduced to reach ours and the state’s climate goals.”

Once fully operational, it is hoped Angeles Link will deliver green hydrogen in an amount equivalent to almost 25% of the natural gas SoCalGas delivers today.

Continuing on the importance of the effort, Drury added, “California policymakers, thought-leaders, business, academic, labour, and environmental communities all agree green hydrogen is vital to achieving our climate and clean air goals.

“With relationships to thousands of industrial end users, a regulatory framework that promotes a transparent and robust stakeholder process serving the public interest, and an extraordinary workforce to do the job safely, SoCalGas is well positioned to work with California to capitalise on this pioneering opportunity to build what would be America’s largest green hydrogen hub.

“The Angeles Link project, if approved and completed, is poised to extend our state’s position as a leader on clean energy well into the future while helping to attract billions of dollars in new investment and maintaining and creating thousands of skilled jobs.”

Building Bridges: Hydrogen Hubs and Investment

This July, H2 View will hold its first-ever in-person event in the sunshine state of California.

Hosted in partnership with the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the event will explore the nation’s plans for at least four hydrogen hubs as well as take an in-depth look at the international investment California and the wider US are seeing.

Confirmed speakers already include the Clean Hydrogen Future Coalition, the Texas Hydrogen Alliance and Plug Power. We are will soon be adding to our jam-packed agenda, so keep your eyes peeled!

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your ticket now for the early-bird rate of $1,000.