BP has a significant presence in hundreds of communities across California through gas stations and convenience stores.
Its footprint includes more than 280 ARCO-licensed and -branded stations, along with the franchise for about 700 ampm convenience stores.
In addition, BP’s marketing and trading business has provided energy products and services to California since 1984. Today, the business markets enough natural gas in California to meet the needs of every home in the state’s four largest metropolitan areas: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside and San Diego.
BP also supplies biogas to three California transit agencies and more than 70 compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling stations.
Biogas can be produced from raw materials, such as residential, industrial and commercial waste found in landfills. BP has contracted with more than 10 different landfills to sell supply in the state.
Meanwhile, the company has been active in California’s carbon emissions trading market ever since it took effect in 2013.
BP also seeks to develop new energy technologies in California. In fact, BP Ventures has invested more than $150 million in California-based companies, partnering to bring clean technologies and other leading-edge energy solutions to market.
In 2016, for example, BP announced a $30 million investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, which produces lower-carbon jet fuel from household waste.
In 2017, BP invested $20 million in Beyond Limits, a Caltech startup that is commercializing artificial intelligence and cognitive computing software originally developed for NASA and the space program.
Elsewhere in California, BP’s research center in San Diego collaborates with partners in industry and academia to learn how biosciences can help support the growth of renewable energy.
* Vendor figures for the year ended December 31, 2016. BP jobs figures as of June 30, 2017.