Hdt Fueling At Clean Energy Station

Clean Energy meeting surging demand for low-carbon RNG fuel

May 11, 2020
Growth includes station upgrade in Virginia, new agreements with heavy-duty trucking companies, refuse haulers

Clean Energy recently formed new fuel agreements for its Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG), and made multiple station expansions, to help accommodate the demand for the low-carbon fuel produced from organic waste.

The company said the agreements are with companies in multiple transportation sectors.

“Despite this unprecedented challenging time that the country is experiencing with COVID-19, Clean Energy continues to expand the use of a clean, ultra-low carbon fuel to fleets,” said Chad Lindholm, vice president, Clean Energy. “Many of our customers, including heavy-duty trucking, refuse and transit agencies are performing heroic duty by continuing to operate under extreme difficult circumstances. We applaud them and will support them any way we can.”

Clean Energy completed a time-fill station upgrade for the City of Chesapeake VA, which recently obtained 12 new natural gas refuse trucks, increasing its fleet to 60. The contract calls for an approximate 2.5 million gallons over five years and includes operations and maintenance.

Clean Energy also completed construction of its fourth station for USA Hauling at their Waterbury CT yard. The 30-truck private time-fill station will dispense an estimated 1.8 million gallons over the five-year contract which also includes operations and maintenance.

In 2006, Clean Energy entered into a 10-year contract with the City of Long Beach to design, build, operate and maintain a natural gas station to fuel public and city vehicles. In the first year of operation the site dispensed 180,000 gallons. By 2017, station sales had reached more than 700,000 gallons, and the city looked to increase capacity with an updated and more robust station.

The new station will provide three dispensers and two 400-horsepower compressors. These compressors allow drivers to fuel nearly three times faster than the current station. The new station will be constructed while the existing station remains in operation, which will minimize downtime and ensure continuous and reliable fueling for existing fleet customers.

Clean Energy also completed construction of its fifth station with South Jersey Gas at the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority Transfer Station. The public access fast-fill facility will initially fuel approximately 100,000 gallons per year for utility vehicles, transfer trucks and Jitney shuttle buses with volume anticipated to increase annually as additional CNG vehicles are procured.

The RNG provider also has agreements with many solid waste companies, including Republic Services in Las Vegas NV, Seattle WA-based Recology King County, the County of Sacramento, Chesapeake VA refuse company idewater Fibre Corporation, and FCC Environmental Services for its Volusia County FL operations.

In Clean Energy’s first RNG supply agreement with a California School District, Garden Grove Unified School District signed a five-year RNG supply for approximate 575,000 gallons to fuel 67 vehicles.

Other contract highlights, Clean Energy said, include operations, maintenance, retail, billing and marketing services with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority in New Jersey for its 40 trucks, and an estimated 560,000 gallons per year; and an agreement with K&I Services in Bakersfield CA for K&I to purchase seven new trucks through Clean Energy’s Zero Now program, which brings the cost of a natural gas truck at parity with a diesel truck, while offering a guaranteed fuel discount.

Other customers include Sacramento CA-based trucking company Matheson Postal Services and  Packair Freight, which provides deliveries to movie sets.

All 550 Clean Energy stations have remained fully operational during the COVID-19 crisis and continue to provide access to customers that are supplying essential services, the company said. With the largest technician base in North America, Clean Energy is committed to serving fleet operators while protecting the health and safety of its employees and customers.

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