SoCalGas roots trace back to 1867 when the Los Angeles Gas Co., the forerunner of SoCalGas, installed 43 new manufactured gas lamps in downtown Los Angeles. At that time, natural gas was still unknown and the company sold manufactured gas made initially from asphaltum, a tar-like substance, and later from oil. The gas lighting business was enjoying modest success until Thomas Edison introduced his new electric light in 1879. To offset declining lighting revenues, the company began aggressively promoting stoves and heaters.
As the nations largest natural gas distribution utility, safely serving more than 21 million consumers through nearly 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities, SoCalGas is uniquely positioned to help drive Californias emerging energy economy.
Whether it's pioneering new ways to help customers put this clean, low-cost energy source to good use in transportation, construction, and agriculture; converting Los Angeles rails and ports; decarbonizing the pipeline; or working to advance sound and responsible energy policy on behalf of its customers, SoCalGas is bringing forward game-changing innovations that will improve Southern Californias air quality, economy and way of life.
Our leadership stems from a true desire to serve: We work tirelessly to challenge conventional thinking, evolve our business and stay ahead of customers changing needs. Years of industry-leading customer satisfaction is a testament to that. SoCalGas has and will continue to invest in Southern California.