Clean Energy Fuels Corp., (Clean Energy) has signed more agreements throughout the United States representing their growing portfolio of natural gas fueling. In addition, the company has secured a contract to provide Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Hawaii Gas, the State of Hawaii’s only franchised gas utility. This latter agreement is consistent with the state’s intent to reduce its reliance on imported crude oil, using a cleaner and more economical fuel.
- An LNG supply agreement with the City of Phoenix has been extended two years (5 million GGEs / year).
- Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) three-year operations & maintenance contract has been renewed (3 million GGEs / year). With the help of Clean Energy, CCRTA now becomes the second transit agency in the nation to achieve its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal.
- Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel agreement reached with Fred Meyer Stores, a division of The Kroger Co. (500,000 gallons), for their fleet of 40 LNG trucks based out of Clackamas, Oregon distribution center. Fred Meyer is the first company in the State of Oregon to take advantage of the Oregon Clean Fuel Program, which calls for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of cleaner fuels such as natural gas and renewable natural gas. By fueling with Redeem™, Fred Meyer is expected to reduce their GHG emissions by 5,328 metric tons annually.
- Clean Energy fuel is on supply at a new public station in North Platte, Nebraska, which will service vehicles from KALM Transportation, UPS and Schmidt Liquid Transportation. The station, partially funded with a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund and in collaboration with STIRK CNG, a regional compressed natural gas (CNG) provider, will offer both LNG and CNG to fleets in the Midwest.
- Clean Energy began providing fueling solutions at the Pilot Flying J station in West Memphis, Arkansas, furthering its partnership with the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. The station will support Raven Transportation’s fleet of LNG trucks at an estimated 11,000 GGEs per month.
- Clean Energy has announced fueling has begun at an Exxon public access station in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which serves the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike System. The station will service CNG trucks from MACK’s Lehigh Valley Operations as well as the Lehigh Valley Health Network.
- In addition to opening these stations for the trucking market, Clean Energy has added Blackburn Trucking, Waxie Sanitary Supply, Western Dairy, Emerald Brand (a unit of the Paradigm Group) and KALM Energy as new fueling customers. Orchard Supply Hardware has also expanded the number of CNG trucks it’s fueling with Clean Energy.
- Republic Services, an industry leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous solid waste, will be switching its California based fleet to Clean Energy’s Redeem™ Renewable Natural Gas. The agreement calls for as much as 300,000 GGEs per year and will fuel close to 230 refuse trucks throughout the state.
- Republic Services also announced the opening of a station designed and built by Clean Energy in Wilsonville, Oregon, to support the addition of 16 CNG solid waste collection trucks to its fleet serving customers throughout the greater Portland area. The CNG trucks replace older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of natural gas vehicles operated by Republic Services in Oregon to 35.
- Peoria Disposal Company® (PDC) has extended a five year agreement with Clean Energy for the operation & maintenance of its station located in Peoria, Illinois, which represents approximately 230,000 GGEs per year. Clean Energy designed and built the station for PDC which provides hazardous waste disposal to clients in 11 states throughout the Midwest.
Natural gas fuel costs less than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions. The use of natural gas fuel also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 21 percent and up to 90 percent with the use of renewable natural gas. In addition, nearly all natural gas consumed in North America is produced in North America.
Hawaii – LNG Future
Clean Energy has secured a contract to provide Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Hawaii Gas. Since 1904 Hawaii Gas has been the only franchised gas utility in the State, where today, synthetic natural gas (SNG) is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels available. LNG, also a clean and environmentally friendly source of energy is being brought to Hawaii to lower costs for customers. Natural gas is now used to supplement SNG, but once delivered in sufficient quantities it can replace SNG altogether. Hawaii Gas sees ground and marine transportation amongst future adopters of natural gas fuel in the state.
“Hawaii Gas has been serving the state for over a hundred years and is committed to providing our customers with quality and reliable gas service,” said Thomas Young, Hawaii Gas’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “With Clean Energy LNG, we will be able to diversify our gas supply using a clean fuel improving our reliability and maintaining the quality of service our customers know us for.”
(Source: Clean Energy Fuels – an NGV Global Sponsor Member)
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