Santa Monica’s CNG and LNG Buses Will All Run on RNG,
Which is Supplied in Liquid Form on a ‘Cost-Neutral’ Basis
The City of Santa Monica in Southern California is trumpeting its shift not only to near 100% natural gas operation but its commitment to biomethane for all of the natural gas buses on its Big Blue Bus line. The supplier is Clean Energy Renewables, which furnishes its Redeem brand landfill-derived liquefied natural gas.
Santa Monica uses the LNG directly in 85 buses and has LCNG equipment for its 102 compressed natural gas vehicles, says transit vehicle maintenance superintendent Getty Modica. The agency also has two gasoline-fueled hybrids, he told F&F.
Redeem is “non-fracked methane harvested from organic waste in landfills,” states a Santa Monica release.
Big Blue Bus also unveiled a new bus ad campaign, Bigger, Bluer, Skies, “to emphasize the lower emissions and sustainability of this type of fuel.”
“City Council has voiced its support for non-fracked, sustainable sources of fuel, and Redeem delivers a fuel made entirely of waste; a more sustainable product at an equal cost,” Transit director Ed King says in the announcement. “This makes BBB’s partnership with Clean Energy to use the Redeem fuel a win-win solution.”
Clean Energy fuels has been Big Blue’s supplier since 2012.
This year’s modification to the original agreement with Clean Energy to furnish and deliver Redeem as a replacement for conventional LNG, “is cost-neutral to the City.”
“Big Blue Bus is a leader in sustainability and our ability to partner with it and provide a completely recyclable natural gas fueling option helps reduce emissions locally and shows other cities the power in using Redeem™ renewable fuel,” Peter Grace, Clean Energy’s senior VP for sales and finance, says in the Santa Monica/Big Blue Bus announcement.
Clean Energy Stepping Up Redeem Private Fleet Commitments
Clean Energy sold 20 million equivalent gallons of Redeem in 2014 out of a corporate total of 265 million gallons, and expects to double its renewable volume this year, says spokesman Gary Foster. So far all Redeem sales have been in California, he says.
Redeem has been delivered to all of Clean Energy’s stations in California, including big outlets at airports, making Hertz, Avis, Parking Spot, and SuperShuttle Redeem customers.
“We continue to flow Redeem to our public stations but we are now signing contracts with fleets [for] their private stations,” Foster says. “The City of Sacramento, UPS and now Big Blue Bus have long-term contracts for Redeem.”
“We should be announcing a few more in the next month,” Foster told F&F.
The Redeem contract with UPS was announced at ACT Expo 2015 in Dallas (F&F, May 5).
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Source: Santa Monica Big Blue Bus with Fleets & Fuels follow-up