Clean Energy constructs and completes 69 natural gas filling stations in 2014
Jacksonville Transportation Authority to consume 1 million DGE CNG Gallons annually
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is to design, build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). The deal, valued at $8.1 million, will also include facility modifications to accommodate the conversion of JTA’s buses from diesel to CNG.
Clean Energy, an NGV Global Sponsor member, also reported 5,510 additional natural gas vehicles began fueling throughout Clean Energy’s nationwide network year-to-date in 2014 which is a 23% increase in vehicles fueling compared to the same period in 2013. Additional agreements representative of Clean Energy’s growing portfolio of natural gas fueling customers were also announced.
Jacksonville Transportation Authority Awards Clean Energy Multi-year $8.1 Million Station Design, Construction and Fueling Deal
To support JTA’s fleet conversion to cleaner-burning natural gas buses, Clean Energy will design, build and maintain a CNG station to support JTA’s conversion of 100 buses from diesel to CNG. Construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2015. Once fully-deployed, this fleet is forecasted to consume approximately 1 million DGEs (Diesel Gallon Equivalent) of CNG annually which represents a greenhouse gas reduction of approximately 2,318 metric tons.
JTA anticipates saving approximately $5.7 million over the life of the agreement by switching to natural gas fuel. The facility located at 100 N Myrtle Ave, Jacksonville, FL, will be publicly accessible for local fleets.
Clean Energy’s Facility Modification team has also been tapped to retrofit JTA’s two maintenance facilities to accommodate the new CNG fleet.
“The CNG fueling facility is a “win-win-win” for the Authority and the Jacksonville community,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “We will reduce costs, improve the environment and create opportunities for other fleets to reap the benefits of CNG.”
Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) Renews Clean Energy CNG Facility Maintenance Contract
MBTA fuels its fleet of 28 CNG vehicles at MBTA’s two private CNG fueling stations.
UPS Continues Deployment of Largest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Fleet in North America
Clean Energy opened its Houston Flying J natural gas station to fuel 10 UPS heavy-duty LNG trucks. The station is located at 15919 North Freeway, Houston, TX.
These tractors are expected to consume approximately 240,000 DGEs of LNG annually under a previously-announced Clean Energy – UPS bulk fueling agreement.
Kroger’s Fred Meyer Stores’ New Natural Gas Fleet Expected to Consume 1 Million Gallons of LNG Annually Supplied by Clean Energy
The first 11 natural gas trucks in Fred Meyer’s fleet of 40 recently hit the roadin Oregon. Clean Energy constructed the private LNG station where this fleet will fuel. Clean Energy also performed the necessary modifications required to bring Fred Meyer’s vehicle maintenance facilities into code-compliance for natural gas trucks.
Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) Begins Hauling Clean Energy with Clean Energy in Boron, Calif.
KAG commenced hauling LNG from Clean Energy’s Boron, Calif., plant using 13 LNG-fueled trucks to Clean Energy’s fueling stations and other customers. The trucks are part of the additional heavy-duty LNG truck deployment KAG previously announced.
Norbert Dentressangle to Deploy Seven CNG Trucks
Des Moines, IA., based third-party logistics company Norbert Dentressangle is to deploy its first seven CNG tractors which will haul and fuel throughout Clean Energy’s public station network in Illinois.
Additional Public Truck-friendly Stations Recently Opened
- Albany, Ga., opened for Raven Transport
- Charlotte, N.C., opened for G & P Trucking
- Carlisle, Pa., opened for GIANT/MARTIN’S
- West Sacramento, Calif., opened for Chavez Trucking
- Midland, Texas, opened for Dillon Transport
The Following Fleets Began Testing with Clean Energy Natural Gas
- Water Recovery, LLC, of Jacksonville, Fla., began fueling heavy-duty LNG trucks at Clean Energy’s Jacksonville public station.
- NorCal Beverage of West Sacramento, Calif., began fueling heavy-duty LNG trucks at Clean Energy’s West Sacramento public station.
- Vend Catering Supply of La Mirada, Calif., expanded its natural gas fleet with additional heavy-duty CNG trucks fueling at Clean Energy’s public station network in California.
- Sheehy Mail Contractors, Inc., of Waterloo, Wis., to expand its heavy natural gas truck fleet by adding 4 CNG tractors, which will fuel at Clean Energy’s public station network in New Mexico and Arizona.
Highlights of Clean Energy’s Infrastructure Development in 2014
Clean Energy will expand the network of stations that it owns, operates or supplies to over 535 in 42 states in 2014. Clean Energy will have constructed more CNG fast-fill, CNG time-fill, LNG and CNG/LNG stations than any other company in the country. These include: 69 stations that were constructed and completed during the year, including 18 projects where additional compression capacity was added due to increased demand.
A net increase of 74 stations were opened, 25 of which can accommodate heavy-duty trucks.
The City of Kansas City, MO, opened its public natural gas station on Dec. 15, 2014 located at 5300 Municipal Ave., to fuel its fleet of more than 265 light-, medium- and heavy-duty NGVs with the expectation that this NGV fleet will grow to more than 400. As previously-announced, this fleet is forecasted to consume approximately 1 million GGEs of CNG annually.
Since Clean Energy’s investment in NG Advantage to bring the benefits of natural gas fuel to large industrial and institutional energy users beyond the nation’s natural gas pipeline, more than 1.5 million GGEs of CNG have been supplied to NG Advantage customers. By switching from fuel oil to natural gas, NG Advantage customers have reduced Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 3,621 metric tons while reducing fuel costs by nearly 40 percent. NG Advantage continues to add customers such as New England-based Hard Drives LLC which is the 7th aggregate materials/paving customer to make the switch to natural gas.
Natural gas fuel costs up to $1.00 less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions. The use of natural gas fuel not only reduces operating costs for vehicles, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30% in light-duty vehicles and 23% in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. In addition, nearly all natural gas consumed in North America is produced domestically.
(Source: Clean Energy Fuels)