Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is to supply Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) with compressed natural gas (CNG) as part of a sustainability initiative to reduce toxic emissions, decrease noise volume, and lower fuel costs. The airport’s entire shuttle fleet will switch from diesel to CNG. Clean Energy reports on other successes also.
First Transit, the largest private-sector provider of mobility solutions in North America and provider of shuttle bus services at PHL, signed a 7-year contract with Clean Energy for an expected volume of 2.5 million GGEs to power its 38 natural gas transit buses. The shuttle fleet accommodates three main routes at PHL—employee, cargo, and long-term economy parking—that traverse a total 3.5 million trips per year.
“Airport transit vehicles operate in confined areas, primarily parking lots, so carbon emissions and noise pollution have a greater impact on the passenger experience,” said Raymond Blethen, Northeast director of operations, First Transit. “The airport was seeking to adopt alternative fuels and environmentally-friendly vehicles, so it converted 100 percent of its fleet to natural gas. The CNG-fueled shuttle buses run 90 percent quieter than diesel, lower CO2 emissions by 20 percent, and have no fumes.”
“With CNG our fuel costs are more stable than diesel, the maintenance is a lot cleaner, and it improves the reliability of vehicles in the winter,” said Blethen. “From a safety standpoint there is no spillage, so unlike diesel we never have to shut down.”
Waste Vehicles to Run on Redeem™
Clean Energy executed a supply agreement with Valley Vista Services to power 100 waste vehicles with its Redeem brand renewable natural gas (RNG) for an anticipated total of 1.3 million GGEs of Redeem annually.
Redeem is the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel. It is derived from capturing biogenic methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic landfill and agricultural waste. Redeem enables at least 70 percent reduction in carbon emissions when displacing diesel or gasoline, according to California Air Resources Board (CARB) estimates.
Valley Vista Services will offer Redeem at two facilities, a private/public CNG station at its headquarters located in City of Industry, Calif. that will dispense an anticipated 1 million GGEs of Redeem annually. Valley Vista also built a state-of-the-art transfer station earlier this year in Pomona, Calif. that has a new public access fast fill CNG station and will dispense an anticipated 300,000 GGEs of Redeem annually. Both contracts are for three years.
Clean Energy commissioned a newly constructed private liquified natural gas (LNG) fueling station for Burrtec Waste Industries. The station build project, located at Burrtec’s San Bernardino facility, was completed by Clean Energy within 10 months and will fuel upwards of 50 LNG refuse trucks. Prior to the commissioning of the site, Burrtec signed a three-year repair and maintenance (R&M) agreement with Clean Energy. The station is expected to consume 600,000 LNG gallons annually.
Other refuse contracts include the City of Ontario, which signed a one-year R&M and RNG renewal and extended its option for an expected 600,000 GGEs annually. The City of Sacramento opted for a one-year R&M renewal and extended its option for an expected 450,000 GGEs annually.
Growing Demand for Near-Zero Trucks
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) staff is recommending a total of 148 port trucks receive incentive funding under the Year 20 Carl Moyer Program. The Carl Moyer Program focuses on improving air quality by replacing older heavy-duty diesel trucks with cleaner fuel technologies, including near-zero engines powered by Clean Energy’s Redeem. The Year 20 Carl Moyer grant program is oversubscribed and SCAQMD has a backup funding list of additional projects awaiting funding.
The SCAQMD Board will consider approval of staff recommendations at an upcoming board meeting.
SQAQMD staff is also recommending that 10 port trucks receive funding under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2017 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, which provides support for projects that protect human health and improve air quality by reducing harmful emissions from diesel engines.
“It’s encouraging to see a strong demand for near-zero trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” said Greg Roche, vice president, Clean Energy. “These grant programs will go a long way to reduce air pollution in this busy transportation corridor by deploying the cleanest truck technology that can be easily and economically adopted today.”
Mountain Valley Express, the less than truckload (LTL) and general freight company with locations in California, Nevada and Arizona is expanding its LNG fleet as part of an initiative to reduce emissions. With support from Prop 1B grants, the freight company is adding eight Freightliner M2 tractors equipped with the Near-Zero ISL-G engines, which will consume an expected 60,000 GGEs annually at Clean Energy public stations in Northern California, including West Sacramento, Lathrop and Tulare.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in the United States and Canada, with a network of approximately 530 stations across North America that it owns or operates.