Southern California Gas Company Company History Timeline

1867
In 1867, Los Angeles Gas Company, the forerunner of today's Southern California Gas Company, installed 43 new gas lamps along Main Street, making the city safer at night.
1879
The gas lighting business was enjoying modest success until Thomas Edison introduced his new electric light in 1879.
1900
Domestic manufactured gas service was first introduced to the residents of Long Beach in 1900 by the United Electric Gas and Power Company, predecessor of the Southern California Edison Company of today.
1905
In 1905, the population of Long Beach was only 15,000 and the available consumers were less than 4,000, yet a third gas company was chartered, the Inner Harbor Gas Electric Company.
1910
The stars below the gas holder denote 5 years of service each starting from 1910 when our company was founded.
1912
Through the early years, only manufactured gas was sold, but in 1912 outside gas was purchased from the Southern California Gas Company of Los Angeles.
1915
The gas was a mixture of one-half manufactured gas and one-half natural gas. It wasn't until 1915 that straight natural gas was first introduced to the area.
1920
To meet customer needs, SoCalGas began storing natural gas in large holding tanks in the 1920s.
Probably one of the first So Cal Gas crew trucks circa early 1920's.
1923
In 1923 residents began to rally against what they considered unfair gas rates.
1924
Soon the Southern Counties Gas Companies realized that they couldn't compete and in April 1924 agreed to a selling price of 2,170,000.
On May 24, 1924, the Southern Counties Gas Company properties within the City boundaries were purchased and officially became the Long Beach Gas Department.
1935
Circa 1935, this 3 dimensional metal wall plaque was commonplace in and on Southern California Gas Company offices and buildings.
1940
Unknown payment office in the 1940's.
UPDATE - Added the 1940's version of the same plaque on the right with the updated logo design.
1941
In 1941, the company introduced a new system to the Southwest underground storage of natural gas in depleted oil and gas fields.
1948
Built in 1948 by El Paso Natural Gas Co., the 1,200-mile pipeline was the largest of its kind at the time, capable of delivering 175 million cubic feet of natural gas to Southern California each day.
1967
Pacific Lighting moved its corporate headquarters from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 1967 and began diversifying beyond energy-related operations.
1970
In 1970, the company merged its two remaining principal utilities, Southern California Gas and Southern Counties Gas companies, to form the nation's largest natural gas utility.
1971
A couple of shots of The Gas Company in action during the 1971 San Fernando Also known as Sylmar earthquake.
1986
In June 1986, the City was successful in obtaining an increase in its allocation of natural gas deliveries to Edison during negotiations with the Southern California Gas Company our allocation went from 40 million cubic feet per day to 60 million cubic feet per day.
1988
To reflect its increasing diversity, Pacific Lighting changed its name to Pacific Enterprises in 1988.
1991
The construction manager in Bakersfield introduced us to a manager in transmission, which helped expand our network, says Hal Hays Construction chief executive officer Kirby Hays, whose father founded the company in 1991.
1998
In 1998 as part of the rapid consolidation in the electric and natural gas industries to lower costs and achieve economies of scale sparked by deregulation Pacific Enterprises merged with Enova Corporation, the parent company of San Diego Gas Co.
In 1998, Sempra Energy was formed as a merger of two century-old utilities Pacific Enterprises and Enova Corporation, the former parent companies of Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas Electric.
In 1998, Sempra Energy s 12,000 employees served approximately 21 million consumers across 27,000 square miles in Southern California.
1999
In 1999, Sempra Energy expanded into South America with the acquisitions of two utilities Chilquinta Energ a in Chile and Luz Del Sur in Peru.
2003
Sempra Energy Resources, the former power generation subsidiary of Sempra Energy, completed three state-of-the-art power plant projects in Arizona, California and Mexico in July 2003.
2007
The Sempra Energy Foundation was founded in 2007 as an organization dedicated to helping communities through grants, volunteering and employee giving.
2008
In May 2008, Energ a Costa Azul in Baja California began commercial operations, making it the first LNG receipt terminal on the West Coast.
2009
In July 2009, the Cameron LNG receipt terminal near Lake Charles, La., successfully completed performance testing and began commercial operations.
2013
In May 2013, Sempra Energy, Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui Co., Ltd., signed 20-year tolling capacity and joint-venture agreements to support the development, financing and construction of a liquefied natural gas LNG export facility at the site of the Cameron LNG receipt terminal in Hackberry, La.
2014
On May 7, 2014, Sempra Energy s stock price reached 100 for the first time, closing at 100.41.
2015
Sempra s safety record has faced heightened scrutiny since October 2015, when a well at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility operated by SoCalGas sprang a leak, spewing planet-warming methane gas and other toxic air pollutants for nearly four months.
2016
By 2016, the company had four separate underground storage facilities, all of them depleted oil and gas fields repurposed as gas storage.
2017
The Public Utilities Commission said the 2017 explosion was caused by a gas leak and affected a residential neighborhood in Ontario, causing severe damages to nearby garages and injury to one person.
SoCalGas reported 396 million in revenue in 2017, according to Sempra s most recent annual report.
The California Public Utilities Commission CPUC has approved a budget of 1.05 billion for this project, which is expected to be completed in 2017.
2018
The company exceeded the California Public Utilities Commission's CPUC goal for contracting purchases with women, minority, service-disabled veteran, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-owned businesses for the 26th consecutive year in 2018.
In 2018, SoCalGas invested more than 7.5 million to nearly 1,000 organizations across its service territory, benefiting in part underserved community groups in African American, Hispanic American, Asian Pacific American, and Native American communities.
More information about SoCalGas' commitment to supplier diversity can be found in the newly released 2018 Supplier Diversity Annual Report.
Founded
1867
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Headquarters
Los Angeles, CA
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