SoCalGas recently completed upgrades to enhance the safety and reliability of the natural gas systems serving 18,650 families at 274 mobile home communities throughout Central and Southern California. The company converted these mobile home communities from privately-owned, master-metered systems with new utility-owned systems. The conversion to an energy system owned and maintained by SoCalGas allows residents in these communities to become direct SoCalGas customers and provides them with routine safety checks, the ability to manage their natural gas usage, and eligibility to sign up for SoCalGas’ energy savings and customer assistance programs that can help them save money.
These upgrades are part of SoCalGas’ Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program, a statewide initiative offered under the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that covers the costs for qualified participants to update their mobile home park's energy distribution system.
The Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program began in 2014 and last year, the CPUC voted to establish SoCalGas’ Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program as a ten-year ongoing program. The extension of this program authorizes SoCalGas to upgrade up to half of the approximately 132,000 mobile homes from master meter communities in its service territory to direct utility service through 2030. Our goal is to provide direct service to an additional 18,000 mobile home customers from 215 communities by 2024. The company recently completed upgrades at a mobile home park community in the city of Chino, marking the 1 millionth foot of new natural gas pipeline installed by SoCalGas under this program.
“We applaud SoCalGas for their work in the Mobile Home Park Utility Conversion Program,” said Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino). “We hope to see more mobile home communities take advantage of this opportunity, which benefits both mobile home community owners and residents.”
“We are glad to see Chino mobile home communities and their residents are putting safety and reliability first by applying for the Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program. And we are proud that the city of Chino had the first one-millionth feet of new natural gas pipeline under this program completed in our city,” said Chino Mayor Pro Tem Marc Lucio.
“Our work through the Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program is part of our commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said David Buczkowski, vice president of gas distribution at SoCalGas. “This program enhances the safety of thousands of families living in mobile home communities and provides them with new opportunities to save money on their energy bill.”
The Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program provides the following benefits to residents: installation of advanced meters, which allow customers to have access to their hourly natural gas usage on a next-day basis and enable them to better manage their gas usage and save money, SoCalGas customers are also able to set up their own "My Account" to view and pay their bill online, schedule service and sign up for paperless billing. Lastly, income-qualified customers can also benefit from energy savings and assistance programs that can help them save money on their monthly natural gas bill. More information about these programs is available at SoCalGas, click here.
“Applying for the Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program created a win-win for us as owners/managers of the community and for our residents,” said Walter Turskey, Lamplighter Chino Mobile Home Park. “The process has been easy, and there are many benefits to being a direct SoCalGas customer.”
The program also benefits the owners of participating mobile home communities. For example, owners will no longer have to maintain or be liable for privately-owned gas systems and instead can contact SoCalGas directly for service needs. Direct service also saves owners time, since they no longer have to read meters, bill residents or respond to service questions.
For more information about the Mobilehome Park Utility Conversion Program and how to apply, click here.