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Clean Energy opens Chicago RNG station for Amazon fleet

Dec. 20, 2022
The second of 19 stations it plans to open in a partnership with the retail giant, Clean Energy's Romeoville, Illinois station will offer renewable natural gas to both Amazon trucks and the public.

Clean Energy Fuels has opened a renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station in the Chicago area that the company expects to provide an anticipated 1.4 million gallons of the clean fuel annually for Amazon and other truck fleets. The Romeoville, Illinois station is the second RNG station Clean Energy has established in a deal with Amazon, with the first having opened in Groveport, Ohio on Sept. 22.

“The addition of the Romeoville station to our fueling network represents another step in the pathway for Amazon to realize significant carbon reduction for its transportation fleets,” said Chad Lindholm, SVP of Clean Energy. “Trucks that operate on diesel are incredibly harmful to the air we breathe and contribute to long-term climate change. Renewable natural gas is a viable solution that provides immediate benefits, and as such this station will mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the impact of climate change in the Chicago area.”

Located at 300 Southcreek Parkway, the Romeoville station is part of an agreement between Clean Energy and Amazon for Clean Energy to build 19 stations nationwide. The station is intended to support the retailer in its adoption of RNG, a sustainable fuel produced from organic waste, which has been given an average carbon rating of -317 by the California Air Resources Board and is helping fleets to further their carbon reduction and fiscal goals, according to a Clean Energy press release.

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The station is expected to initially fuel over 100 Amazon trucks and is designed with sufficient fueling capacity to accommodate several hundred more trucks. Amazon heavy-duty trucks have already fueled at more than 86 existing Clean Energy stations around the country, and under the agreement announced last year, another 17 new Clean Energy-owned stations are slated to follow Romeoville, with several expected to open early next year.

By dispensing 1.4 million gallons of RNG annually instead of diesel, the Romeoville station is projected to reduce carbon emissions by 15,219 metric tons—the equivalent of growing 253,643 trees for ten years, removing 3,308 passenger cars from the road, or reducing 6,112 tons of landfill waste, according to the press release.

The Romeoville station spans 8.2 acres and includes multiple public access fuel dispensers, time-fill posts for up to 152 trucks, and 153 parking places for drivers’ personal vehicles.

“We’re pleased that fleets that operate in Romeoville will now have the option to use RNG fuel,” said Romeoville Mayor John Noak. “It’s a fuel that will improve air quality and have a positive impact on climate change.”

Clean Energy is also investing in the production of renewable natural gas with partners, TotalEnergies and BP, at dairies throughout the Midwest. The goal is to produce RNG at these dairies and others around the country to flow into the Romeoville station and Clean Energy’s nationwide fueling infrastructure.

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