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Clean Energy Expands Renewable Natural Gas Sales, Fueling Agreements

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 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of Redeem annually.

Redeem is derived from capturing biogenic methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic landfill and agricultural waste. It 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, California 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, California 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.

In addition, Clean Energy commissioned a newly constructed private 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.

To grow demand for near-zero emissions natural gas 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.

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.”

Lastly, 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.