We are proposing to develop what would be the nation's largest green hydrogen energy infrastructure system, the Angeles Link, to deliver clean, reliable energy to the Los Angeles region. As proposed, the Angeles Link would support the integration of more renewable electricity resources like solar and wind and would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric generation, industrial processes, heavy-duty trucks, and other hard-to-electrify sectors of the Southern California economy. The proposed Angeles Link would also significantly decrease demand for natural gas, diesel and other fossil fuels in the LA Basin, helping accelerate California’s and the region's climate and clean air goals.
Benefits of Angeles Link
Green hydrogen is produced entirely from renewable electricity, and it expands our renewable energy storage capabilities, allowing us to utilize more renewable electricity and avoid curtailment while reducing emissions in hard-to-electrify sectors.
Angeles Link can:
- Displace up to 3 million gallons of diesel fuel per day by replacing diesel powered heavy-duty trucks with hydrogen fuel cell trucks.
- Eliminate up to nearly 25,000 tons of smog forming NOx per year and 14.3 million metrics tons of CO2 from the air annually – the equivalent of taking 3.1 million cars off the road.
- Convert up to four natural gas power plants to green hydrogen.
As contemplated, the Angeles Link would deliver green hydrogen in an amount equivalent to almost 25 percent of the natural gas SoCalGas delivers today. Building the system to provide a clean alternative fuel could, over time and combined with other future clean energy projects, reduce natural gas demand served by the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, facilitating its ultimate retirement while continuing to provide reliable and affordable energy to the region.
How Does It Work?
Start with 100% renewable electricityUtilize renewable electricity that is on the grid, new build or being curtailed to provide power to electrolyzer.
Use it to make green hydrogen with electrolyzersElectrolysis splits water into hydrogen and oxygen -- with virtually zero greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions.
Deliver it into LA Basin by pipelineWe will use our expertise in pipeline infrastructure to safely deliver green hydrogen from outside of LA Basin to industries that need it most.
Use it to decarbonize sectors that can’t be plugged inWe can use green hydrogen to decarbonize hard-to-electrify sectors such as dispatchable electric generation, industrial processes, and heavy-duty transportation while driving job creation.
With existing relationships to thousands of industrial end users, an extraordinary workforce to do the job safely, and a regulatory framework that promotes a transparent and robust stakeholder process serving the public interest, we are well positioned to help California capitalize on this pioneering opportunity to build America’s largest green hydrogen hub. Angeles Link is a natural extension of SoCalGas’ role as an industry leader in hydrogen.
What People Are Saying
"I think there’s some wisdom to this move by SoCalGas because I think it’s an acknowledgment of the future. The future is much more bright for a company that adapts to the future, and I think they understand they are more of an infrastructure company, perhaps more than a gas company."
Governor Newsom stated at a February 17th press conference.
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