Clean Energy Fuels announces new RNG contracts, production projects

Clean Energy Fuels Corp has announced multiple new contracts, infrastructure expansions, and RNG production projects.

The company’s senior vice-president for sales, Chad Lindholm, said RNG continues to be a simple and cost-effective option for fleets.

“More fleets are finding RNG to be the easiest and most cost-effective way to achieve significant carbon reductions,” he said. “As we continue to see growing demand for RNG, we’re working on the production side so that more customers can turn sustainability goals into reality.”

Contracts in California

LA County Metro has renewed its maintenance agreement with Clean Energy for six stations that will power 1,417 transit buses with an expected 137 million gallons of RNG for the length of the contract.

The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts has also entered into a contract with Clean Energy to build a new public access fuelling station in Carson, California. The contract also includes maintenance services and a fuelling agreement for RNG. When the station is complete it will power regional trucks, transit buses and refuse trucks with an anticipated 10 million gallons of RNG over the contract term.

Estes Express Lines, the largest privately-owned freight transportation carrier in the US, is deploying an additional 100 natural gas trucks that will fuel with approximately 3 million gallons of fuel in California and Texas.

Offering vital regional transportation services in San Diego, the North County Transit District has extended its RNG supply agreement with Clean Energy to operate its fleet of 143 buses with an expected 8.2 million gallons of RNG.

Santa Monica, which Clean Energy describes as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the country, has extended its RNG fuelling agreement for an expected 2 million gallons of RNG to power 200 municipal buses.

The Morongo Basin Transit Authority in California’s Yucca Valley region has signed a RNG supply agreement for an anticipated 750,000 gallons of RNG to power 24 transit buses. In Oxnard, the Gold Coast Transit District has signed a maintenance contract for a station that fuels 54 transit buses with an estimated 725,000 gallons of RNG.

Custom Lumber Designs, a freight company in Corona has signed a fuelling agreement for 240,000 gallons of RNG to power its heavy-duty trucks.

Clean Energy announced multiple contracts outside California in Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Ohio, and Canada.

Infrastructure expansions and RNG production

The company also continues to make significant investments in the production of additional RNG sources and has partnered with TotalEnergies and bp to sign partnerships with dairy owners around the country.

The first of these projects was Del Rio Dairy in Friona, Texas, where in late 2021, Clean Energy broke ground on a digester that is expected to turn the manure from 7,500 milking cows into more than a million gallons of RNG annually. The project continues to progress and digester tanks have been erected on site.

At Millenkamp Dairy in Idaho, engineering and procurement are being finalised and the construction of the front-end manure handling facility is underway.

Construction has started at dairy farms Marshall Ridge, Drumgoon and Victory, in South Dakota and Iowa. With more than 30,000 cows, these dairies have the estimated potential to convert the methane produced from waste into more than 7 million gallons of RNG annually.

Clean Energy has also started a digester project with South Fork Dairy in Hart County, Texas. Once complete, the project will produce an anticipated 2.9 million gallons of RNG. Additionally, Clean Energy has acquired manure rights for its first swine project at the O’Bryan Grain Farms in Owensboro, New York.

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