Clean Energy Fuels announces new RNG deals

Clean Energy Fuels has announced several new deals in response to high RNG demand.

RNG represents more than 74% of the 26 million gallons of fuel Clean Energy expects to provide through these newly signed agreements.

The company signed a multi-year agreement with the City of Pasadena in California for an anticipated 1.5 million gallons of RNG to fuel 53 vehicles, including solid waste, transit buses, dump trucks, and street sweepers.

Big Blue Bus, the transit agency that services ‘one of the most environmentally-conscious cities in the county’, Santa Monica, California, has extended its RNG fuelling contract with Clean Energy – five additional years for an anticipated 10 million gallons of RNG to fill its 189-strong bus fleet.

Gold Coast Transit, which serves Ventura County in California, has signed a multi-year fuel supply agreement with Clean Energy for an expected 4.2 million gallons of RNG to fuel 56 buses and 25 paratransit buses and vans.

“Fleets that are looking to lower their emissions are switching to RNG because it can provide immediate and significant carbon reductions,” said Chad Lindholm, vice-president of Clean Energy. “They’re finding that RNG is the easiest and most cost-effective way to meet sustainability goals.”

In Buffalo, New York, Clean Energy has entered into a long-term agreement with Cedar Bus Company to provide around 2 million gallons of fuel to power 60 shuttle buses that provide paratransit and university transportation.

The City of Sacramento, County of Sacramento, and the City of Redlands have all extended their RNG supply agreements with Clean Energy for an anticipated 1.5 million gallons to fuel these refuse trucks and other vehicles.

KALM Energy, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, has contracted with Clean Energy to take over operations of its three CNG stations that fuel transit buses, refuse trucks, heavy-duty trucks, and passenger vehicles with an estimated 1 million gallons annually. The first site fuels the Omaha Metro Transit Agency, and two public access stations, located in Lincoln and Council Bluffs, Iowa, fuel natural gas fleets in the region.

“One of our goals is to improve air quality in the city and increase CNG use where deemed appropriate,” said Kyle Foreman, director of solid waste services, Fort Smith. “The city’s transit department built its CNG fuelling station in 2019. It’s time for solid waste to make the conversion.”

Kansas’ Olathe School District has contracted with its transport provider, DS Bus Line, to run 30 CNG school buses in place of 30 diesel buses, using an estimated 75,000 gallons of CNG per year. DS Bus Line, the transport operator for Olathe Schools, utilised a grant to purchase CNG school buses. These will be deployed and operable for the upcoming school year.

Clean Energy is also facilitating station expansions for national solid waste company Republic Services in two additional California locations, allowing it to double the number of RNG-fuelled trucks in Sun Valley, and accommodating a further 34 refuse trucks in Pacheco. Clean Energy currently provides RNG for Republic Services trucks in 22 states.

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