California Regulators OK Request to Extend NatGas Infrastructure Program

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SoCalGas has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to extend the Mobilehome Park (MHP) Utility Upgrade Pilot Program through December 31, 2019. In addition to the 10 percent of mobile home park spaces approved for conversion under the initial pilot program that began in 2014, SoCalGas will be authorized to convert another 5 percent of MHP spaces in its service territory to direct utility service through 2019.

Eighty-one percent of all mobile home parks throughout SoCalGas’ territory applied to participate in the initial MHP Utility Upgrade Pilot Program. The extension of the program will provide enhanced safety and reliability through direct utility service to an additional 6,400 mobile homes in 65 parks throughout SoCalGas’ territory. Mobile home park residents will also benefit from advanced meter technology and enhanced access to customer assistance and energy savings programs.

“The CPUC’s decision to extend the MHP Utility Upgrade Program will allow thousands more mobile home park residents, many of whom are seniors, working families, and others with limited resources, to have direct utility service and peace of mind knowing that their natural gas system will be maintained by SoCalGas,” said Gina Orozco-Mejia, SoCalGas’ Vice President of Gas Operations. “We commend the CPUC for its leadership and commitment to safety.”

In March of 2014, the CPUC approved a voluntary, statewide, 3-year pilot program offering mobile home park owners the opportunity to replace their parks’ energy distribution system with a new, professionally installed natural gas distribution system, which includes the installation and use of advanced meter technology. With advanced meters, mobile home park residents will have access to their hourly natural gas usage on a next-day basis that can enable them to better manage their gas usage and save money. New SoCalGas customers will now also be able to set up their own “My Account” to view and pay their bill online, schedule service, and/or sign up for paperless billing.

For more information about the Mobilehome Park Utility Upgrade Program, please visit https://www.socalgas.com/stay-safe/safety-and-prevention/mobilehome-park-utility-upgrade-program.

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