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    SoCalGas begins December with more flexibility in its natural gas supply than last winter

    SoCalGas working natural gas stocks
    Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on IHS Markit data

    On December 10, 2019, Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) working natural gas inventory totaled 74.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf), nearly equal to the year-ago stock level and 9% higher than it was in 2017. Demand for natural gas in Southern California often peaks in December, when average temperatures in the region are typically at their lowest. Although the current stock level is similar to last winter’s, SoCalGas has more flexibility to withdraw natural gas from storage to meet winter demand than last year.

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