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Renewable Natural Gas: What’s the Fuss?

May 8, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Q&A with Tyler Henn, VP and General Manager, Clean Energy Renewables

Please tell us a little bit about renewable natural gas and why it’s getting so much attention. Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is biogenic methane that is naturally generated during the decomposition process of organic waste such as food and other waste from sources like dairy farms and landfills.
We capture and purify it, then put it back into the pipeline for our customers under the brand name Redeem. And what makes it so exciting for us and our customers, is that it’s the cleanest transportation fuel available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70% today over diesel.

New Clean Energy Renewables boss Tyler Henn with TTSI’s super low-NOx Freightliner Cascadia at ACT Expo 2017.

There’s been a lot of discussion about matching RNG with some of the new technologies here. Can you talk about that? Absolutely. Not only is RNG already the cleanest fuel around, but the studies we’re seeing when you combine it with the new Cummins Westport Low-NOx engine are simply astounding.
UC Riverside has tested the technology and found emissions to be .002 g/bhp-hr, 90% below the CARB standard, and 99.8% cleaner than a 2010 diesel truck. And we’re already seeing industry leaders like FedEx, LA Metro, Republic Services and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus transitioning their fleets to the technology.

Obviously electric trucks have caught some of the attention lately, Where do you see RNG fitting in? First I think the market recognizes that it will be quite a while, maybe 10-15 years, until electric trucking comes to the heavy-duty trucking sector. Second, and this is lost on a lot of people, electric vehicles aren’t as green as some claim.
In fact, when you account for the emissions created from producing the electricity that runs those cars, which often comes from coal-burning power plants, our RNG combined with these new engines provides cleaner emissions than electric, based on a well-to-wheels comparison. With electric, people always talk about tailpipe emissions but they choose to ignore the upstream emissions of making that electricity. You can’t have it both ways.


The market for RNG certainly has been growing. Is the industry prepared for the growth? Absolutely, and I expect it to continue. We’ve seen our volumes grow from 20 million GGEs in 2014 to approximately 60 million GGEs in 2016, almost a 200% increase, so we’re certainly enjoying the benefits.
And the industry is prepared to grow along with it. Here in California I know that CARB commissioned a study and validated that there are substantial sources of RNG right here in California.

So you see the RNG industry here in California expanding? The entire RNG industry across the nation is expanding, but especially here in California. If you were here Monday you know that a study by the RNG Coalition was released stating the industry could create up to 130,000 new high-paying jobs, and add $14 billion to California’s economy. So I think the growth will be a benefit to all of us.

This interview submitted by Clean Energy Fuels appeared
in the ‘Powered by Fleets & Fuels’ ShowTimes daily magazine
at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach, Calif.

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Cal NGVC Prods the Los Angeles Ports

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, policy, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Says That Current Draft Lets Dirty Diesels Remain Too Long

Members of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition took the occasion of ACT Expo to urge the San Pedro Bay Ports to develop and implement an aggressive clean truck program as part of CAAP, the Ports’ updated 2017 Clean Air Action Plan.

To accelerate the current CAAP, Cal NGVC earlier this year proposed the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Now Plan, which it says “offers a cost-effective opportunity, using proven technology, to drastically and immediately reduce emissions from the 13,000 heavy-duty trucks serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

‘Busy Transportation Corridors Near Homes’

Approximately 80% of the region’s smog comes from the transportation sector, the association says: “The single largest contributor to this pollution is heavy-duty trucks that haul goods in and out of the San Pedro Bay Ports through busy transportation corridors near homes.”


Cal NGVC’s Act Now Plan calls on the Ports to immediately increase the number of zero- and near zero-emission trucks “to dramatically improve regional air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive job growth throughout the region and the state, and increase the competitiveness of the Ports and the entire California goods movement system.”

‘An Entire Generation’

As written, the Port’s CAAP discussion draft relies on a long-term transition plan to implement zero emission technology, “leaving room for diesel trucks to continue polluting the air for another 17 years,” Cal NGVC says – “affecting an entire generation.”

By contrast, Cal NGVC members support Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee recommendation to deploy 100% zero- and near-zero emission trucks powered by renewable fuel within five years, by 2023.

Clean Energy Fuels is among the companies that’s long been lobbying for a serious natural gas trucks program at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. This photo from the Port of Los Angeles dates from 2007.

“The latest generation of low-NOx, zero-equivalent natural gas engines powered by renewable natural gas exceed the required air quality standard by 90% and they are available today,” said association president Thomas Lawson. “There is no reason to wait to clean Southern California’s air.”

‘A Public Health Issue’

“This is a public health issue – especially for the underserved communities living near the freeways that serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” said Clean Energy Fuels VP Greg Roche.

“The ACT Now Plan can save a generation from the ill-health effects of the NOx and smog-forming emissions coming from diesel trucks,” he said.

The ACT Now Plan encompasses all zero- and near-zero emission technologies and fuels, including natural gas, propane, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric.

“Near-zero-emission heavy-duty natural gas trucks can immediately deliver clean-air benefits and transform the Ports’ diesel-dominated freight movement system,” said George Minter, regional VP for Southern California Gas.

“This,” he said, “is a game-changing option.”

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.


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Clean Energy & MVE: First Near Zero FLs

February 7, 2017 in Biomethane, LNG, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nine M2 Trucks for Mountain Valley Express to Use Redeem RNG:
They Are the First Freightliners to Employ ISL G Near Zero Engine

Nine new tractors with the super low-NOx 8.9-liter ISL G Near Zero engine from Cummins Westport have been purchased by Mountain Valley Express and will be fueled with Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels, the fuel provider said this morning.

Mountain Valley Express is buying nine LNG-powered Freightliner M2 trucks with ISL: G Near Zero engines and will fuel them with Redeem brand biomethane from Clean Energy Fuels.

Mountain Valley Express is buying nine LNG-powered Freightliner M2 trucks with ISL: G Near Zero engines and will fuel them with Redeem brand biomethane from Clean Energy Fuels.

“They are buying Freightliner M2s with LNG,” Clean Energy business development manager Jeff Wittenberger told F&F.

‘Revolutionary’

They are the first Freightliner trucks to be fitted with the ISL G Near Zero engine, says Bob Carrick of Freightliner.

“These revolutionary engines reduce smog forming NOx emissions by 90% over the current EPA standard, and when combined with Redeem, have 70% less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than diesel trucks,” states the Clean Energy release.

‘No Better Way’

Redeem RNG, aka biomethane, is available as liquefied natural gas or CNG/compressed natural gas.

“I can think of no better way to demonstrate our commitment to the environment and reducing our footprint, than by having these trucks use Redeem,” MVE president and CEO James Scott Blevins says in the Clean Energy announcement.

‘Go Green’

“At Mountain Valley Express,” he said, “Our motto is ‘Go Green.’”

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero

Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero

The engine has been certified (F&F, September 17, 2015) by the California Air Resources Board with a NOx emissions level of .02 grams per brake-horsepower-hour, Clean Energy says, noting that the agency “has defined this zero emissions level as equivalent to a 100% battery truck using electricity from a modern combined cycle natural gas power plant.”

And That Ain’t All…

A 12-liter Near Zero engine is expected next year.

Clean Energy also said this morning that it has contracts to build multiple fueling stations in early 2017, as well as new agreements in the trucking, transit and refuse sectors.

Click here for the full Clean Energy release.


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Clean Energy RNG for FedEx Oklahoma

October 12, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, event, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FedEx Freight Wins NGVAmerica Achievement Award Too

Less than a month after announcing a new compressed natural gas fueling facility in support of 100 FedEx trucks in Oklahoma City, Clean Energy Fuels announced that it plans to supply the station with its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas. NGVAmerica presented the NGV Achievement Award to FedEx Freight at a ceremony at the new station on Tuesday.
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Republic Services Is Committed to CNG

October 4, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More Than 40% of New Route Trucks Are Natural Gas-Fueled

Republic Services, the nation’s second-largest refuse company, operates some 12,000 route trucks, with approximately 2,500 running on compressed natural gas fuel. The company expects to buy about 250 CNG-fueled route tucks in 2017, says maintenance and digital operations VP Darrell Reno.
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Clean Energy Fuels Fills Oregon Gap

October 3, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Connects California to Washington’ with CNG and LNG

Clean Energy Fuels’ new public-access natural gas fueling station on Interstate 5 north of Medford, Ore. is a first for the supplier and effectively links California and Washington State, the company says.
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$6.25 Million for ‘Near Zero’ ISX12 G

September 23, 2016 in money awarded, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More CEC Money via South Coast Air Quality Management District

The California Energy Commission is adding $1 million from the state’s Clean Fuels Fund to help Cummins Westport develop a “Near Zero” version of its 11.9-lter, natural gas-fueled ISX12 G engine.
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Clean Energy CNG for FedEx Freight

September 16, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fast- and Time-Fill at Oklahoma City Service Center:
As Provider and Customer Emphasize Sustainability

FedEx Freight has purchased more than 100 compressed natural gas-fueled tractors and has installed a CNG fueling station at its Oklahoma City Service Center to serve the new fleet, says Clean Energy Fuels. “The FedEx Freight CNG fleet and fueling station in Oklahoma City are examples of FedEx connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully,” Clean Energy says.
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Near Zero Engine Coming for Refuse

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Game Changer, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet Operators to Be Able to Order This Year
As Peterbilt and Autocar Are First to the Fore

Operators of compressed natural gas-fueled refuse trucks are being reassured that OEMs will offer vehicles with the super-low NOx Near Zero version of the Cummins Westport ISL G in time for their traditional fourth-quarter ordering cycle.
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Clean Energy Mods for Cummins & Ryder

August 16, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, LNG, money awarded, NGVs, refuse, transit, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Releases Earnings Results & Outlines Recent New Business, Too

Clean Energy Fuels has been picked as a preferred vendor to provide natural gas upgrades for facilities in Cummins’s distribution business unit. Clean Energy FMS/Facility Modification Services will thus “assist Cummins with their continued support for natural gas vehicle implementations.”
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More Clean Energy CNG for Republic

August 9, 2016 in CNG, event, Infrastructure, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Long Beach, Calif. Station Ceremony This Friday
Facility to Support 56 New Trucks for Total of 147

Republic Services spread the word today that it will unveil a new compressed natural gas fueling station in Long Beach, Calif. this Friday morning, August 12.
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Clean Energy Fuels Clean Energy Foods

July 25, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Testa Produce in Chicago and Neapolitan Pizza in New York

Clean Energy Fuels is promoting its role in providing fuel for food companies, outlining its support of Neapolitan Express Pizza in New York and Testa Produce in Chicago in recent blog posts.
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Clean Energy More CNG in Houston

July 1, 2016 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Energy Opens Public Fast-Fill CNG Station in Houston

Clean Energy Fuels celebrated the opening of its newest compressed natural gas facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Houston yesterday. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Clean Energy, Dillon Transport, JRayl Transport and Silver Eagle Distributors.
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Clean Energy’s New Compressor Line

June 14, 2016 in CNG, Infrastructure, New Products, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Revolutionary Improvements in Compressor Design,’
BC’s TransLink Agency Purchases Six for Bus Fueling

Clean Energy Fuels has launched “The CleanCNG” as a new ultra-low vibration and noise compressor for natural gas. The unit incorporates “revolutionary improvements in compressor design and intelligent engineering,” Clean Energy says, resulting in a product that’s “unparalleled in scalability, parts commonality and overall performance.”
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Redeem Five Years for Big Blue Bus

June 3, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Biomethane, CNG, Fleet Order, Game Changer, LNG, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five-Year Contract to Support 100-Plus ‘Near Zero’ Vehicles
With Gillig to Supply the First 25 Forty-Footers by Year-End,
MRSC Affirms Plan to Support Bus & Refuse Truck Repowers

Clean Energy Fuels has secured a five-year contract to supply its Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas – aka biomethane – to the Big Blue Bus transit line in Santa Monica, Calif. The fuel supply pact is worth an estimated $3 million per year, Clean Energy says. updated June 6
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U.S. EPA Proposes Higher RFS Levels

June 1, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency Says It’s ‘Committed to Keeping the RFS Program on Track’

The U.S. EPA has proposed increases to the volumes required under the federal RFS/Renewable Fuel Standard program, the complex system of tradable credits that allows bio-based fuels to compete and indeed thrive in the marketplace.
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Clean Energy CNG for Schwarz Concrete

May 12, 2016 in CNG, Companies, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Oklahoma Firm Operates 44 CNG-Fueled Peterbilts,
Shifted to Momentum for Its Ten Most Recent Trucks

Clean Energy Fuels is talking up Oklahoma’s Schwarz Ready Mix as a family-owned company that’s taking advantage of compressed natural gas to lower its operating costs while doing its part for cleaner air.
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