Clean World Partners, Cornerstone Environmental, Clean Energy Fuels
California Energy Commission money is helping the Sacramento Area’s Atlas Disposal Industries fuel its collection trucks with biogas-derived CNG, with partners including Clean World Partners, Cornerstone Environmental, and Clean Energy Fuels.
Atlas operates 17 CNG-fueled Autocar trucks out of a total fleet of some 55 vehicles, and has just ordered four more.
“As our fleet ages we’re going to replace our conventional diesels with compressed natural gas,” says sustainability director Andrea Stephenson.
Atlas won a $300,000 CEC grant last year to help build a CNG station with Clean Energy Fuels. The facility at the South Area Transfer Station in south Sacramento handles pipeline gas, as well as biomethane from an anaerobic digester run by Clean World Partners, with purification equipment from BioCNG-Cornerstone Environmental.
LCFS Will Be Increasingly Important
Clean World Partners was awarded $6 million to help expand its Organic Waste Recycling Center at the site. The firm uses anaerobic digestion technology developed at UC Davis.
Biomethane faces stiff competition from very cheap conventional natural gas, Stephenson concedes but has the competitive merit of being greenhouse gas-negative. California LCFS (low carbon fuel standard) credits could be worth as much as $1.00 per diesel gallon equivalent, she predicts – “a strong case for sustainability.”
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Source: Atlas Disposal, Clean World Partners, Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up