SoCalGas started construction to replace aging, privately owned, gas systems with new utility-owned systems at Arabian Gardens Mobile Home Park in the City of Indio. The upgrade not only provides residents with direct utility service, but enhanced safety and reliability through the Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program. Arabian Gardens residents will also be eligible to participate in SoCalGas’ energy savings and customer assistance programs.
Since the Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program started in 2014, SoCalGas has upgraded infrastructure and enhanced safety at more than 20,000 mobile homes in more than 287 mobile home communities throughout central and southern California.
“We are pleased to help yet another mobile home park community and its residents through this program,” said David Buczkowski, vice president of gas distribution at SoCalGas. “This program helps park residents, many of whom are working families and seniors, have access to safer, more reliable energy as well as various cost-saving customer assistance programs."
The program covers costs for installing new utility service at each mobile home community including individual resident meters. Mobile home park residents with direct natural gas service will have advanced meters to check their natural gas usage. Access to this information helps customers manage their usage and save money. Another benefit of the program is owners of mobile home communities will no longer have to maintain privately-owned gas systems and instead can contact SoCalGas directly for service needs.
Due to the program's pilot success, in 2020 the CPUC voted to establish the conversion effort as a 10-year, ongoing program, authorizing SoCalGas to upgrade up to half of the approximately 132,000 mobile homes in its service territory to direct utility service through 2030. SoCalGas plans to start construction on 43 mobile home parks this year.
More information on the Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program can be found at socalgas.com/mobilehome.