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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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Clean Energy RNG Fuel for Ryder Trucks

November 12, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ryder Trucks in California to Use ‘Redeem’ Brand Biomethane,
Clean Energy to Provide Fuel Station Maintenance Services Too

Ryder System natural gas vehicles fueling in Orange and Fontana, Calif. will use “Redeem” brand renewable natural gas from Clean Energy Fuels, the companies said today. The agreement covers both CNG/compressed natural gas and LNG/liquefied natural gas.
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CR&R-Greenlane Truck Biomethane

September 21, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Greenlane Is Supporting a New Digester in Southern California
With an Initial Production Target of One Million DGEs Per Year:
State’s First for ‘Pipeline-Quality RNG from Organics Recycling’

CR&R Waste & Recycling expects by this coming fourth quarter to be producing organic refuse-derived biomethane to fuel its natural gas truck fleet. UK-based Greenlane Biogas is providing engineering services to upgrade product from a new anaerobic digester in Perris, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles. Initial annual output is pegged at about a million diesel gallon equivalents.
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Sacramento County CNG by TruStar

August 7, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

County and Clean Cities Officials Celebrate $1.9 Million Station

TruStar Energy and officials in Sacramento this week celebrated the opening of a new $1.9 million compressed natural gas fueling station to support County refuse trucks and an increasing number of other natural gas vehicles.
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CLNE’s Redeem for Big Blue Bus Line

July 17, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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Clean Energy Fuels Tightens Its Branding

May 28, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, LNG by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

IMW, NorthStar and CERF Names Are Being Phased Out

Clean Energy Fuels is tightening up its act, advising at its annual shareholders’ meeting today that three subsidiaries “have been renamed and redefined as divisions.”

Clean Energy Fuels is consolidating the brands for its compressor, LNG and renewable natural gas business units.

Clean Energy Fuels is consolidating the brands for its compressor, LNG and renewable natural gas business units.

“The strategic importance of unifying our divisions under a single Clean Energy mark and brand identity cannot be understated,” president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a release.

  • Natural gas compressor supplier IMW – North America’s largest sole manufacturer of non-lubricated gas compressors and related technologies with compressor sales in more than 25 countries – is now Clean Energy Compression;
  • Liquefied natural gas infrastructure specialist NorthStar – with an engineering and construction team responsible for building more than 70% of the U.S. network of turnkey LNG/LCNG private fleet fueling stations – is now Clean Energy Cryogenics; and
  • “Redeem” brand biomethane supplier CERF (Clean Energy Renewable Fuels) – which operates biomethane processing facilities in Tennessee and Michigan and is a leading marketer of RNG/renewable natural gas – is now Clean Energy Renewables.


“This move will strengthen our reputation and broaden our recognition as well as eliminate any confusion for our customers and other partners,” Littlefair said.

“The name changes “will not change operational practices, management infrastructure or business objectives,” Clean Energy said.


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