OCBC member Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has collaborated with regional air quality agencies South Coast Air Quality Management District, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the California Energy Commission to fund a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of near-zero emission natural gas engines for heavy-duty vehicles for the South Coast Air Basin and San Joaquin Valley Air Basin region.
The $9 million RFP, funded by regional air quality agencies and $500,000 from SoCalGas, supports the development of natural gas as the key component to advance California’s goals for a sustainable future. In partnership with participating agencies, SoCalGas aims to aid research and development of low-cost, abundant, fuel-efficient solutions in order to meet clean air and near-zero emissions standards in Southern California.
The goal of the initiative is to develop near-zero emission natural gas engines and integrate these engines in regional Southland areas of the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley Air Basin for heavy-duty vehicles used in waste, goods movement and transportation. With proven application as a clean fuel, natural gas technology development can enhance the Southland’s goals for achieving aggressive, near-zero emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles.