Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced it delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) in 2019 and that more public agencies have made commitments to fuel with RNG. Redeem is derived from capturing biogenic methane that is produced from the decomposition of organic waste from dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. In 2019, Clean Energy said it would exclusively offer Redeem at all of its fueling stations by 2025.
The Orange County (Calif.) Department of Public Works signed a five-year renewal agreement for an anticipated 750,000 gallons of Redeem at its public access station. This will fuel 50 municipal vehicles such as sweepers and dump trucks, with the remaining volume dedicated to public and third-party usage.
The City of Tucson, Ariz., has signed a multi-year maintenance agreement with Clean Energy. The city has more than 75 compressed natural gas (CNG) waste and recycling trucks and 50 CNG transit buses that combined use over two million gallons annually.
The City of Philadelphia has started to replace its diesel refuse trucks with CNG trucks, contracting with Clean Energy to retrofit its city garage to make it CNG-compliant. Clean Energy will also design, build, operate, and maintain a 43-truck private time-fill CNG station, with room for expansion, at the same location. The city has already received its first two CNG refuse trucks which are temporarily fueling at Clean Energy’s Philadelphia Airport Station. Philadelphia will be consuming an estimated 250,000 gallons of CNG when it reaches 43 trucks in 2021.
The City of Spokane, Wash., Solid Waste Collection department is a designated solid waste hauler, providing residential and commercial garbage, recycling, and yard waste/food scrap collection services. In 2015, the city built a private CNG fueling station and started converting its fleet of 70 refuse trucks. Spokane continues to grow its CNG refuse fleet and currently operates approximately 40 CNG trucks. The city and Clean Energy have agreed to extend their existing comprehensive maintenance services agreement.
Clean Energy has extended its multi-year Long Beach (Calif.) Transit maintenance agreement. Long Beach Transit uses 100% Redeem in its transit maintenance facility, which houses 125 CNG buses.
In Canada, BC Transit has once again contracted with Clean Energy to design, build, and maintain a CNG station and upgrade an existing garage and fueling island to make them CNG-compatible. Translink – Coast Mountain Bus, located in Metro Vancouver, has signed a new multi-year maintenance agreement with Clean Energy for its CNG stations. The City of London, Ontario, is transitioning a fleet of 37 refuse trucks to CNG at a rate of 10 vehicles per year over the next few years and will fuel at a Clean Energy retail station. Clean Energy also renewed its CNG station maintenance agreements with transit agencies for the Cities of Medicine Hat and Red Deer, Alberta.