LA County Sanitation chooses RNG provider
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LA County Sanitation chooses RNG provider

Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain will supply renewable natural gas to Southern California county’s waste and recycling fleet.

Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain says it has entered into a supply agreement, after a competitive bidding process, with the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD). U.S. Gain will provide what it calls renewable natural gas (RNG) to fuel LACSD-owned fleet vehicles at two maintenance yards.

As part of its sustainability goals, LACSD received a Carl Moyer Program grant in partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and South Coast Air Quality Management District to work toward guidelines for reduced air pollution. As part of the grant, LACSD solicited proposals to help support its emission reduction goal, improve fleet operations and find alternative solutions for fleet fueling.

“LACSD is very appreciative of the Carl Moyer grants received from the South Coast Air Quality Management District,” says Dave Bolderoff, LACSD’s fleet manager. “These grants have helped our agency replace older vehicles and engines with newer, cleaner-burning equipment and install alternative fuel infrastructure, thus helping us further fulfill our mission of protecting public health and the environment.”

A condition of this grant was finding a supplier that had RNG ready within a short time frame. U.S. Gain, which describes itself as a leader in the development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable thermal energy, says its ability to supply fuel immediately “was a differentiator.”

“Demand for RNG continues to skyrocket within the California transportation market, serving as an affordable, clean solution that supports immediate emission reduction goals,” says Scott Hanstedt, U.S. Gain’s director of sales. “Our vertical integration and ability for expedited turnaround allowed us to act quickly and provide RNG on day one to comply with the grant requirements.”

LACSD describes itself as a public agency focused on converting waste into resources like recycled materials, recycled water and energy. The agency consists of 24 districts serving about 5.6 million people in Los Angeles County.

U.S. Gain says it develops renewable natural gas at farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants and is building out “a platform of alternative fuel solutions that enable the polyfuel future [that] fleets demand.