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November 5, 2012 in CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Notes that Its Hurricane Sandy-Area Stations are Up and Running

Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) had a spectacularly busy summer, and just released the second edition of The Road to Natural Gas, an update on agreements signed or executed since the first edition was released on July 31, including a summary of customer fleet developments.

Clean Energy opened its first two public access CNG stations in Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia International Airport (pictured here) and in Bucks County, servicing shuttle vehicles.

“The momentum towards natural gas in transportation is definitely picking up speed,” Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a release.

Clean Energy Fuels reported Friday that 49 fueling stations in the seven states affected by Hurricane Sandy were operating and providing CNG (compressed natural gas) fuel to a wide range of fleets and individuals. The fleets provide needed emergency, transit and refuse services in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.

Municipalities and other organizations fueling at Clean Energy CNG stations include the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, the Atlantic City Jitney Association (which is providing emergency evacuation services), the NY/NJ Port Authority, South Jersey Gas, Long Island Bus/Transit Authority, New York City Sanitation and New York City MTA.

‘Reliability Is the Core of Our Mission’

“Reliability in natural gas fueling is the core of our mission at Clean Energy and we are pleased to be able to support the recovery in the storm-affected areas in this manner,” Littlefair said. “The quick response of our employees and contractors in returning stations to operation and providing fuel to our customers is critical to the effort.”

Clean Energy’s Road to Natural Gas report covers truck companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, and municipalities making the switch to natural gas with fuel, station construction and services provided by Clean Energy.

The document also includes a list of liquefied natural gas fueling stations completed over the last three months as part of Clean Energy’s America’s Natural Gas Highway. Among the many facts, Clean Energy says it “completed construction of more LNG stations over the last three months than it did the previous 12 months. A total of 48 LNG stations have been completed to date.”

From the second edition of The Road to Natural Gas

Refuse

  • Clean Energy opened its first refuse compressed natural gas station in Canada to fuel 58 refuse trucks for Emterra Environmental.
  • Burrtec Waste Industries added a new CNG station, constructed by Clean Energy, at its Fontana, Calif. facility that will fuel 50 trucks.
  • Progressive Waste signed an agreement with Clean Energy to build a CNG station in Haltom City, Texas and another one in Bridge City, La.
  • An additional 148 new CNG refuse trucks were delivered to Clean Energy customers throughout the eastern region of the U.S. within the last three months and another 149 were ordered.
  • 106 new CNG refuse trucks were ordered by Clean Energy customers throughout the central region and another 157 began fueling.
  • An additional 179 refuse trucks were ordered by Clean Energy customers in the western region of the U.S. and another 157 CNG refuse trucks were delivered.

Transit

  • More than 400 Dallas Area Rapid Transit buses will soon begin to fuel at three CNG stations built by Clean Energy, as DART’s fourth CNG station by Clean Energy in Dallas has begun fueling 200 paratransit vehicles.
  • Houston Metro deployed seven new 35-foot CNG buses that will fuel at several new Clean Energy CNG stations in the Houston area.
  • Clean Energy signed a first of the kind public/private partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia to build out a state-wide natural gas fueling network.
  • Greater Richmond Transit will begin fueling 15 new CNG shuttle buses at Clean Energy’s new CNG station in downtown Richmond, Va.
  • New York City’s MTA . deployed 20 new MV-1 paratransit vehicles.
  • Anaheim Transportation Network will begin fueling 20 buses that provide transportation service throughout the Disneyland Resort Area in southern California.
  • Omnitrans, San Bernardino Valley, Calif.’s mass transit service, signed a contract with Clean Energy to maintain two LCNG transit fueling facilities.
  • Tempe Transit expanded its relationship with Clean Energy to include maintenance work at their transit fueling facility in Arizona.
  • RTC in Las Vegas ordered 30 additional CNG buses that will fuel at a Clean Energy-maintained station.
  • LADoT Dash has ordered 30 additional CNG buses for downtown Los Angeles routes that will fuel at Clean Energy’s stations.

The Clean Energy-fueled Atlantic City Jitney Association (vehicle at right) is helping provide emergency evacuation services in New Jersey.

Airport Shuttles/Taxis

  • 125 CNG taxis were added in Chicago and New York City over the last three months.
  • Clean Energy will break ground at JFK Airport in New York City to provide CNG for taxis and airport vehicles.
  • Clean Energy reached an agreement with Orlando International in Florida to build a CNG station on airport property.
  • Hertz ordered 15 additional CNG transit buses LAX in Los Angeles.
  • Clean Energy opened its first two public access CNG stations in Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia International Airport and in Bucks County, servicing shuttle vehicles.
  • A second and larger Clean Energy station opened in October at the San Diego Airport to meet additional CNG demand.
  • Clean Energy installed and will maintain compressor equipment at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s Seatac Rental Car Center for 50 CNG buses.
  • Clean Energy signed an agreement to design, build and operate a CNG station at Cincinnati’s CVG Airport.
  • Two new Clean Energy stations will soon open at the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, one for airport vehicles and another for taxis.

Trucking Companies/Shippers/Carriers

  • FedEx unveiled at a ceremony in Dallas two of the first long haul Class 8 trucks powered by the new Cummins Westport 11.9-liter LNG engine that is expected to be commercially available in 2013.
  • Frito-Lay signed a national CNG fueling agreement with Clean Energy for their first 75 CNG trucks.
  • Central Freight took ownership of 14 CNG trucks that will fuel at Clean Energy CNG stations in Houston.
  • Greatwide began making deliveries to Nordstrom’s department stores using CNG trucks.
  • NFI, a leading transportation company, began operating LNG trucks in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles fueling at Clean Energy’s LNG station.
  • Fresh & Easy’s contract carrier is now using CNG trucks for its Southern California store deliveries.
  • Lilly Transportation transitioned a percentage of its fleet to CNG that hauls for Whole Foods.
  • Conway Freight deployed its first two CNG trucks and will use Clean Energy stations in Chicago
  • Superior Grocery deployed CNG trucks in its Southern California fleet and will fuel at Clean Energy stations.
  • Staples’ contracted carrier is now using CNG trucks for its store deliveries in southern California.
  • Waxie Sanitary Supply is now using CNG straight trucks for its southern California operations.
  • Unfi, the leading U.S. independent national distributor of natural, organic specialty foods, is using CNG tractors.
  • Saddle Creek is bringing its total CNG tractor fleet to 100 with the addition of 62 CNG tractors serving national shippers including Office Depot and Covidien.

Passenger NGVs

American Honda and 65 participating Honda dealers announced a promotional program that provides buyers of Honda’s 2012 Civic Natural Gas Vehicle with a $3000 fuel card redeemable at Clean Energy CNG stations across the country.

CNG Stations

In 2011, Clean Energy completed 63 publicly accessible and private “behind-the-gate” CNG station construction and expansion projects, using Clean Energy’s IMW equipment. Through October 2012, another 42 CNG stations were constructed.

America’s Natural Gas Highway

Stations completed from August through October 2012:

  • Atlanta East (Conley), Ga. Clean Energy Station
  • Beaver, Utah Flying J Station
  • Blacksburg, S.C. Flying J Station
  • Brookshire, Texas Pilot Station
  • Caldwell, Idaho Flying J Station
  • Colby, Kans. Pilot Station
  • Dalton, Ga. Pilot Station
  • Fort Chiswell, Va. Flying J Station
  • Fremont, Ind. Pilot Station
  • Graham, N.C. Flying J Station
  • Joplin, Mo. Flying J Station
  • Laredo, Texas Flying J Station
  • Lebanon, Tenn. Pilot Station
  • London, Ohio Pilot Station
  • Lordsburg, N.M. Clean Energy Station
  • Medford, Ore. Pilot Station
  • Midway (Quincy), Fla. Flying J Station
  • Mill Hall, Pa. Flying J Station
  • Northeast Md. Flying J Station
  • Rawlins, Wyo. Flying J Station
  • Ruther Glen, Va. Flying J Station
  • Smithton, Pa. Flying J Station
  • Stanfield, Ore. Pilot Station
  • Waco, Texas Flying J Station
  • Winslow, Ariz. Flying J Station

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Source: Clean Energy Fuels press release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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