Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has entered into a raft of fueling and station agreements with multiple fleets representative of the company’s growing portfolio of natural gas fuel customers. Clean Energy’s President and CEO, Andrew J. Littlefair, recognised as a national leader in the promotion of natural gas as a mainstream fuel in North America, said at the opening plenary of the co-located NGV Global / ACT Expo 2014 conference and exhibition: “The tipping point has arrived, and it feels good!”
Littlefair summarised, in the US:
- about 40 US major airports have natural gas fleets
- 30% of transit bus fleet vehicles are natural gas powered
- 60% of refuse collection trucks are natural gas powered
- the heavy duty truck market is beginning to transition
- rail industry is piloting liquefied natural gas (LNG) locomotives
- major marine markets are turning to LNG
- 50 new natural gas fuel providers entered the marketplace in the last two years.
New station construction, expanded use of existing stations as well as customized mobile fueling solutions will be used to support fleets in the heavy-duty trucking, transit and refuse market segments. Littlefair explains in a press release: “It is apparent why natural gas is center-stage at this year’s event —it is proving to be the alternative fuel of choice by many of the nation’s leading fleets. The first of Kroger’s LNG fleet deployment joins the growing chorus of fleets making the natural gas switch with Clean Energy. From UPS and Garden City Sanitation’s continued nat-gas rollout to ATN’s mobile LNG fueling, we’re excited to work with our customers on CNG, LNG and Redeem RNG fueling solutions that meet their needs.”
Clean Energy to Design and Engineer LNG Station to Fuel Deployment of Kroger’s First 40 Heavy-duty LNG Trucks
The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, announced plans to replace 40 diesel trucks based in Clackamas, Ore., with cleaner-burning natural gas trucks. This LNG truck fleet deployment will serve Kroger’s Fred Meyer and QFC grocery chains in Oregon and Washington.
Clean Energy’s Facility Modification team will engineer and implement the necessary modifications to bring Kroger’s four vehicle maintenance bays in Clackamas, Ore., into code compliance for natural gas vehicles.
“This is the first step in Kroger’s effort to transition our fleet to alternative fuels,” said Kevin Dougherty, Kroger’s group vice president and chief supply chain officer. “Converting to LNG trucks will allow us to reinvest savings into lower prices for our customers while also benefitting the environment.”
UPS Continues Largest Deployment of Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Trucks in the United States with Additional LNG and CNG Trucks
10 additional LNG trucks will begin fueling at Clean Energy’s Jacksonville, Fla., station and are forecasted to consume approximately 246,000 DGEs of LNG annually. 5 additional heavy-duty CNG trucks will begin fueling at Clean Energy’s station in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. The trucks are forecasted to consume approximately 96,000 DGEs of CNG annually.
Together these 15 heavy-duty natural gas trucks are forecasted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 647 metric tons, the equivalent of removing 134 passenger cars from the road annually.
Leading Hispanic Grocery Chain Cardenas Markets Signs Fueling Agreement with Clean Energy to Fuel CNG Truck Fleet
Cardenas will deploy 15 heavy-duty CNG trucks in its private fleet; fueling throughout Clean Energy’s network in California and Nevada. Once fully-deployed, this fleet is expected to consume approximately 300,000 DGEs of CNG per year, the equivalent of reducing greenhouse gases by approximately 695 metric tons. Cardenas plans to convert its entire fleet of over 50 trucks to CNG in the coming years.
“Our customers are like family. Using a cleaner fuel like natural gas improves the air our customers breathe and helps keep costs low. By partnering with Clean Energy we can continue providing our customers with the value and quality they have come to expect from Cardenas Markets,” said Raul Chavez, manager of special projects at Cardenas Markets.
Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) Awards Clean Energy Contract to Design Mobile LNG Fueling Station Supported by Multi-year Operations, Maintenance and LNG Fueling Contract
Clean Energy is to provide a customized mobile LNG fueling station, facility maintenance and LNG fuel for ATN’s fleet of 35 LNG buses serving the Anaheim Resort District. The District serves theme parks, local businesses and the surrounding community.
The fleet is forecasted to consume approximately 490,000 DGEs of LNG per year. This would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 847 metric tons, the equivalent of removing approximately 175 passenger cars from the road each year.
As available, the fleet will fuel with Clean Energy’s Redeem renewable natural gas product. Redeem is the cleanest fuel commercially available. Up to 90 percent cleaner than gasoline and diesel, Redeem is 100 percent renewable and available throughout California.
ATN will continue to fuel its fleet of approximately 15 CNG buses at Clean Energy’s public stations in Southern California.
“ATN is pleased to expand collaboration with Clean Energy as we share the same objective to provide transportation with environmentally friendly fuels,” said Diana Kotler, Executive Director, Anaheim Transportation Network.
Clean Energy Builds Fourth CNG Station for Garden City Sanitation as it Converts Entire Fleet to CNG
Garden City Sanitation (GCS) San José, Calif., is converting its fleet of nearly 50 automated garbage collection vehicles to run on CNG. Currently 23 CNG refuse trucks are in service and the entire fleet is expected to be converted by mid-2015. Once fully-deployed, the fleet is forecasted to consume approximately 366,600 DGEs of CNG annually. This would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 580 metric tons annually, the equivalent of removing approximately 175 passenger cars.
Since earning its initial six-year collection contract with the City of San José in 2007, GCS has been awarded an eight-year extension. Operating natural gas vehicles has helped GCS comply with increasing emissions standards and the City of San José’s Green Vision and Green Fleet Policy.
Clean Energy is constructing its fourth time-fill CNG station for Garden City Sanitation and its partners Alameda County Industries, Mission Trail Waste Systems and Livermore Sanitation, Inc.
NATURAL GAS FUEL
Natural gas fuel costs up to $1.50 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 Corp.)