Clean Energy Fuels delivered 143M gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas in 2019, up 30% year-on-year
Clean Energy Fuels Corp delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) last year as robust sales of the carbon-neutral transportation fuel continued in 2019, closing out the year with significant deals throughout North America.
Redeem was the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel, derived from capturing biogenic methane that is produced from the decomposition of organic waste from dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants.
The environmental impact of replacing 143 million gallons of diesel fuel with RNG is the equivalent of reducing 745,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—also equal to planting 12 million trees, or removing 158,000 cars off the road, or reducing 260,000 tons of waste that would otherwise be sent to the landfill, the company said.
In 2019, Clean Energy unveiled ambitious goals to exclusively offer zero-carbon Redeem at all of its fueling stations by 2025. At this pace Clean Energy would outdistance other alternative fuels, including electric vehicles, which are not expected to hit that mark until 2045.
Clean Energy’s 2019 Redeem totals were bolstered by a seven-year contract with UPS for 170 million gallons to fuel their large fleet of natural gas heavy-duty trucks around the country, the largest purchase of RNG ever in the US. In 2019 Clean Energy provided an estimated 16 million gallons of Redeem to UPS.
Redeem sales were also strengthened by the addition of more ultra-low emissions trucks operating in the ports of Los Angeles; and from wider adoption by municipalities including Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Midway City, Redondo Beach, Sacramento, Ontario and San Jose.
Selected Clean Energy fleet contract developments—not limited to Redeem—include:
Ecology Auto Parts, based in Southern California, has signed a five-year fuel contract for an estimated 3.5 million gallons of Redeem to fuel 47 new class 8 trucks that will fuel within Clean Energy’s public network in Southern California. The trucks were purchased through Clean Energy’s Zero Now program which brings the price of a natural gas truck at parity with a diesel truck while offering a guaranteed fuel discount for the duration of the agreement.
The Orange County Department of Public Works signed a five-year renewal agreement for an anticipated 750,000 gallons of Redeem at its public access station in Orange, CA to fuel 50 municipal vehicles such as sweepers and dump trucks, with the remaining volume dedicated to public and third party usage. The contract also includes continued operation and maintenance for the length of the agreement.
LAZ Parking, which operates more than 40 CNG buses across Southern California, has signed an agreement for an expected 800,000 gallons of Redeem.
Amato industries has renewed a commitment for an estimated 360,000 gallons of Redeem over the three-year contract to provide RNG for the shuttle company’s 17 hotel and charter service shuttle buses.
IRS Demo, a demolition company based in Los Angeles, has inked a three-year agreement for approximately 225,000 gallons of Redeem. The company has added three new CNG trucks to its 8-truck fleet, which will fuel at Clean Energy’s station in Commerce, CA.
Fox Rent A Car has renewed a fuel contract for approximately 210,000 gallons of Redeem over three years to power its 17 CNG rental car shuttles at Los Angeles International Airport and McCarren Airport in Las Vegas.
Having doubled its natural gas street sweeper fleet in the past 36 months, Sunset Property Services in Irvine, CA has signed a three-year fuel renewal contract for an expected 180,000 gallons of Redeem over the duration of the agreement
Western Eagle Shuttle in the California Bay Area is now fueling with Clean Energy, having signed a three-year contract for an anticipated 90,000 gallons of Redeem to fuel passenger shuttles at San Francisco International Airport.
The City of Tucson, AZ has signed a multi-year maintenance agreement with Clean Energy. The City has over 75 CNG waste and recycling trucks and 50 CNG transit buses that combined use over two million gallons annually.
The City of Philadelphia has started to replace its diesel refuse trucks with CNG trucks, contracting with Clean Energy to retrofit its city garage to make it CNG-compliant. Clean Energy will also design, build, operate and maintain a 43-truck private time-fill CNG station, with room for expansion, at the same location. The City has already received its first two CNG refuse trucks which are temporarily fueling at Clean Energy’s Philadelphia Airport Station. Philadelphia will be consuming an estimated 250,000 gallons of CNG when it reaches 43 trucks in 2021. Clean Energy also has a ten-year maintenance contract for this station.
The City of Spokane Solid Waste Collection department is a designated solid waste hauler, providing residential and commercial garbage, recycling, and yard waste/food scrap collection services. In 2015, the City built a private CNG fueling station and started converting its fleet of 70 refuse trucks. Spokane continues to grow its CNG refuse fleet and currently operates approximately 40 CNG trucks. The City and Clean Energy have agreed to extend their existing comprehensive maintenance services agreement.
Homewood Disposal Inc., headquartered in Homewood, IL, is adding 13 CNG refuse trucks to its fleet that will fuel with an expected 150,000 gallons of CNG per year.
Clean Energy has extended its multi-year Long Beach Transit maintenance agreement. Long Beach Transit uses 100 percent Redeem at its “LBT2” Transit Maintenance Facility, the home to 125 CNG buses.