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August 25, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Fleet Order, LNG, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Energy Details Numerous New Contracts for CNG Fueling Stations,
Cites Dallas, Where DART Will Save $120 Million in Ten Years on 675 NGVs

Clean Energy Fuels today announced a bevy of new contracts for compressed natural gas for buses, including Arlington Transit in Arlington County, Va.; Nassau Inter-County Express on Long Island, N.Y.; and the North Kansas City School District in Missouri, “which is set to become the largest school district in the U.S. to transition its school bus fleet to CNG.” updated August 26

Dallas Area Rapid Transit stands to save $120 million via its switch to natural gas, says Clean Energy Fuels.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit stands to save $120 million via its switch to natural gas, says Clean Energy Fuels.

Separately, Clean Energy says that DART, Dallas Area Rapid Transit in Texas, stands to save $120 million over ten years behind its switch to natural gas for its fleet of more than 675 transit and paratransit vehicles.

“Despite lower oil prices, Clean Energy continues to add fueling partnerships across all our transportation markets,” president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a Tuesday release.

“No matter if they are with a school district, municipality or trucking company, managers of large fleets are looking for a cleaner fuel that reliably costs less and does not have volatile price swings,” Littlefair said. “Natural gas continues to meet their needs.”

Walking the Walk in Transit

NICE, Long Island’s Nassau Inter-County Express, has awarded Clean Energy the contract to design, build and operate and maintain a new CNG station that will, upon completion, replace its existing Mitchel Field station, and operate and maintain the existing CNG stations. The five-year contract valued at just over $13 million will extend the partnership between NICE and Clean Energy and will support a fleet of over 200 CNG buses. Clean Energy currently supports another 100 CNG buses at an additional station and provides a total of 4.6 million GGEs of CNG annually for the NICE bus fleet. Completion of the new station is expected for summer 2017.

For Arlington Transit in Virginia, Clean Energy has been contracted by W.M. Schlosser Co. to build a fast-fill CNG station at a new bus depot, which will initially deploy 25 new CNG transit buses that are expected to consume 225,000 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG a year. The agency plans to grow the fleet to 75 CNG buses, Clean Energy says.

Walking the Walk for Schools

  • The North Kansas City School District will replace 124 school buses with new CNG buses with an option to purchase an additional 30 over the next 10 years, Clean Energy says, reporting that it will build a new fueling station with fast-fill and time-fill options.
    The station will have two Clean Energy Compression compressors, and Clean Energy will modify a maintenance facility to support the new CNG vehicles. The 15-year contact will be funded through financing secured by the District and is a joint-partnership between the North Kansas City School District, Clean Energy and Midwest Bus Sales, based in Bonner Springs, Kansas, which will supply the District’s new CNG school buses.
  • RTC, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has ordered an additional 80 buses that will fuel at a Clean Energy operated and maintained station – an incremental 700,000 DGEs of CNG annually.

Walking the Walk in Trucking

  • Raven Transport has ordered an additional 20 liquefied natural gas-fueled trucks to add to its fleet of 187 LNG trucks fueling with Clean Energy. The new trucks will fuel at Clean Energy stations in the southeast U.S. and are expected to consume 420,000 DGEs of LNG annually.
  • Clean Energy expanded its fueling partnership with Dart Trucking as it redeploys 25 CNG trucks to new Clean Energy stations in Ohio and Missouri. Clean Energy will open five additional stations for the fleet that is expected to consume 450,000 DGEs a year.
  • Bimbo Bakeries, currently fueling a fleet of CNG trucks at a Clean Energy station in Sacramento, Calif., will deploy nine additional CNG trucks in Pennsylvania that are expected to consume more than 40,000 DGEs a year.
  • Manhattan Beer Distributers signed a new agreement to fuel 20 CNG trucks at multiple Clean Energy stations in New York, consuming an expected 160,000 DGEs annually.
  • Off Spec Solutions will begin fueling 25 LNG trucks at several Clean Energy stations in the southwest U.S. They are expected to consume 250,000 DGEs a year.
  • Schmidt Liquid Transport will initially deploy 10 CNG trucks and fuel at the recently opened Clean Energy station in North Platte, Neb. They are expected to consume 180,000 DGEs a year and Schmidt has plans to increase its CNG fleet.
  • Central Freight and Clean Energy expanded their fueling partnership with an additional 21 trucks fueling at Clean Energy’s Love Field station in Dallas. They are expected to consume 149,000 DGEs of CNG annually.
  • Modern Transportation signed a new fuel agreement that will expand an existing partnership with mire than 20 CNG and LNG trucks which are being deployed in Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Colorado. The new trucks are expected to consume in excess of 400,000 DGEs of fuel a year.

Over the last four months, Clean Energy has expanded its America Natural Gas Highway of truck-friendly stations with openings in Atlanta; in Orlando, Midway and Ocala, Fla.; and in Eden N.C.; Pearl, Miss,; Knoxville, Texas; Carlisle, Pa.; Ruther Glen and Fort Chiswell, Va.; Perris, Calif., Lake Havasu, Ariz.; Vandalia, Ohio; and Kansas City, Kansas; “bringing the total to 19 Clean Energy stations opened in 2015 which can accommodate a heavy-duty truck.”

Walking the Walk in Refuse

  • Republic Services continues to expand its already significant partnership with Clean Energy with a recent operations and maintenance agreement for a station that fuels 75 refuse trucks in Huntington Beach, Calif., Clean Energy said. They are expected to consume 600,000 DGEs of CNG a year.
  • Garden City Sanitation in Santa Clara, Calif. signed an operations and maintenance agreement that will serve 45 refuse trucks that consume 350,000 DGEs a year.
  • The City of Spokane, Wash. will begin fueling 20 solid waste trucks at a recently opened CNG station that was designed and equipped by Clean Energy. The City plans to add approximately 10 trucks per year with as many as 100 eventually being fueled at the station. Each truck is expected to consume 11,500 DGEs annually.

In bulk fuel, Pacific Gas & Electric signed a bulk fuel sales contract to receive more 500,000 gallons of LNG from Clean Energy’s Boron plant in July and another 1,000,000 gallons of LNG in August for a pipeline integrity testing program.

‘Despite lower oil prices, Clean Energy continues to add fueling partnerships across all our transportation markets,’ president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a Tuesday release.

‘Despite lower oil prices, Clean Energy continues to add fueling partnerships across all our transportation markets,’ president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a Tuesday release.


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

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