Clean Energy Sells Fuel Made from Waste
Clean Energy Fuels says it is the first company to commercially distribute a renewable natural gas vehicle fuel made from waste streams such as landfills, large dairies and sewage plants directly to fleets around the country and at 35 public Clean Energy stations throughout California.
Thousands of cars, taxis, shuttles and industrial fleets in California are now using Clean Energy’s renewable fuel, called Redeem, which is up to 90 percent cleaner than diesel, the natural gas provider says.
Redeem is derived from biogenic methane or biogas, which is methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste. Clean Energy captures and extracts methane gas from its landfills and other waste streams. The methane gas is then processed, purified and sent into the interstate natural gas pipeline and made available exclusively to Clean Energy customers.
Clean Energy’s customers include AT&T, Verizon, Mattel and Williams-Sonoma, and large fleet operators such as SuperShuttle and Hertz, the New York Times reports.
Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy, says the company’s goal is to produce and distribute 15 million gallons of Redeem in its first year. This will help California achieve its climate change goals, he says.
Clean Energy has made significant investments in a natural gas fueling infrastructure, including 400 fueling stations throughout the US. The company is also developing multiple biomethane production facilities that will produce Redeem.
Harrison Clay, president of Clean Energy subsidiary Clean Energy Renewable Fuels, says Redeem is the lowest carbon footprint fuel commercially available and the only affordable renewable fuel for heavy-duty trucks. He says this creates environmental and economic incentives for companies across the US to reduce their fleet greenhouse gas emissions and still save on fuel costs.
According to California Air Resource Board estimates, Redeem sourced from landfill gas can enable up to a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions when displacing diesel or gasoline in CNG. A fleet that consumes 1,000,000 gallons of gasoline per year can reduce its GHG emissions by about 9,700 metric tons by switching to Redeem.
Today, Clean Energy is producing Redeem at biomethane production facilities in Dallas, Texas; Canton, Mich.; and is constructing a third facility in Millington, Tenn., with plans to develop other production facilities across the country. Clean Energy also sources biomethane from third parties to market and distribute as Redeem vehicle fuel.
Clean Energy Fuels and General Electric announced a collaboration last year to expand LNG infrastructure to enable trucks to operate on the fuel across the US.
Clean Energy Fuels completed 70 LNG truck fueling stations in 2012, finishing the first stage of a network to support long-haul, heavy-duty trucks moving goods along major interstate corridors throughout the US. The company plans to build another 70 to 80 additional LNG fueling stations adjacent to long-haul trucking routes and around major warehouse distribution centers in the US.
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