Newport Beach, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. says it delivered 143 million gallons of its Redeem Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) in 2019, representing a 30 percent increase compared to 2018. The company describes Redeem as “the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel, derived from capturing biogenic methane that is produced from the decomposition of organic waste from dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants.”
Clean Energy says its 2019 Redeem totals were bolstered by a seven-year contract with UPS for 170 million gallons to fuel that firm’s fleet of natural gas heavy-duty trucks. In 2019, Clean Energy provided an estimated 16 million gallons of Redeem to UPS.
Redeem sales also strengthened by the wider adoption of RNG vehicles by municipalities in California, including Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Midway City, Redondo Beach, Sacramento, Ontario and San Jose.
“Fleets are discovering that RNG, together with natural gas engine technology, is a proven solution that can significantly decrease the impact of harmful emissions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Chad Lindholm, a vice president with Clean Energy Fuels.
Metals recycler Ecology Auto Parts, based in Southern California, has signed a five-year fuel contract for an estimated 3.5 million gallons of Redeem to fuel 47 new trucks that will fuel within Clean Energy’s public network in Southern California, according to the firm.
Building materials recycler Interior Removal Specialist (IRS Demo), based near Los Angeles, also has inked a three-year agreement for approximately 225,000 gallons of Redeem. IRS Demo has added three new CNG (compressed natural gas) trucks to its eight-truck fleet, and those three trucks will fuel at Clean Energy’s station in Commerce, California, according to the firm.
Homewood Disposal Inc., Homewood, Illinois, is adding 13 CNG refuse trucks to its fleet that will fuel with an expected 150,000 gallons of CNG per year. “Our CNG program continues to be a great success story for Homewood Disposal and our customers,” says Kyle Yonkers, Homewood Disposal. “For every diesel truck we replace with CNG, the environmental impact helps our customers with cleaner air and quieter trucks in their neighborhoods.”
In the municipal waste and recycling sector, the City of Tucson, Arizona, has signed a multi-year maintenance agreement with Clean Energy. That city has more than 75 CNG waste and recycling trucks and 50 CNG transit buses that combined use more than 2 million gallons of fuel 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, according to the company.
The City of Spokane Solid Waste Collection department has started converting its fleet of 70 refuse trucks, and that city and Clean Energy have agreed to extend their existing comprehensive maintenance services agreement.
The City of London, Ontario, in Canada is transitioning a fleet of 37 refuse trucks to CNG at the rate of 10 vehicles per year over the next few years. The trucks will fuel at the Clean Energy retail station at the London Pilot Flying J station, consuming an anticipated 51,000 gallons per year.
Clean Energy also has renewed its CNG station maintenance agreements with transit agencies for the Cities of Medicine Hat and Red Deer, Alberta, in Canada.