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    California RNG supplier announces more contracts


Clean Fuel Energy extends its RNG and CNG market penetration

by: Dale Lunan

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California RNG supplier announces more contracts

California low carbon fuel supplier Clean Energy Fuels announced another round of contracts August 17 totalling 26mn gallons of renewable natural gas (RNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). More than 74% of the total was RNG, it said.

“Fleets that are looking to lower their emissions are switching to RNG because it can provide immediate and significant carbon reductions,” Clean Energy vice president Chad Lindholm said. “They’re finding that RNG is the easiest and most cost-effective way to meet sustainability goals.”

Among the RNG contracts: 1.5mn gallons of RNG with the City of Pasadena, CA to fuel 53 additional vehicles, including solid waste trucks, transit buses, dump trucks and street sweepers; 10mn gallons of RNG over a five-year extension with Big Blue Bus, the transit agency servicing Santa Monica, CA for its 189-bus RNG fleet; 4.2mn gallons of RNG with Gold Coast Transit in Ventura County, CA, which operates a fleet of 56 buses and 25 paratransit buses and vans; and the California cities of Sacramento and Redlands, along with the County of Sacramento, have all extended their contracts with Clean Energy for about 1.5mn gallons of RNG to fuel refuse trucks and other vehicles.

Clean Energy is also facilitating RNG station expansions for US solid waste company Republic Services in two additional California locations. Clean Energy supplies RNG for Republic Services trucks in 22 states.

Among the CNG deals: KALM Energy, in Lincoln, Nebraska, has contracted Clean Energy to take over operations of its three CNG stations that fuel transit buses, refuse trucks and other vehicles with about 1mn gallons/yr of CNG; Fort Smith, Arkansas has contracted Clean Energy to build a $1.8mn CNG refuelling and maintenance station for the city’s sanitation department fleet; and the Olathe School District in Kansas has contracted with its transportation provider, DS Bus Line, to run 30 CNG school buses fueled by 75,000 gallons/yr of CNG, which Clean Energy will supply.