Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened a new public fueling station in Carson, California, that will provide renewable natural gas to fuel trucks in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and service many Carson-area truck terminals and warehouses.
“This station will allow more vehicles to take advantage of the cleanest fuel available today, especially in a region heavily impacted by emissions from heavy-duty trucks,” said Greg Roche, vice president of sustainability, Clean Energy. “We are pleased to bring more fueling choices to companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint with renewable natural gas and greatly reduce harmful greenhouse gases.”
“Many members of the Harbor Trucking Association have invested in renewable natural gas trucks to meet rigorous sustainability goals,” said Weston LaBar, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association. “We applaud Clean Energy for investing in the fueling infrastructure so that drivers of renewable natural gas trucks can quickly and conveniently fuel with the cleanest commercially available fuel.”
“Our company switched to renewable natural gas trucks to help our customers, who are major retailers and shippers, achieve their sustainability goals,” said Vic LaRosa, CEO of Total Transportation Solutions, Inc. “We believe in doing our part as a trucking company to help the environment by operating the cleanest trucks on the market.”
Clean Energy has also finalized a joint venture (JV) with BP Products North America Inc, a subsidiary of BP p.l.c., to develop, own and operate new renewable natural gas projects at dairies and other agriculture facilities. Each company will retain 50% voting control in the JV, which will be initially funded with $50 million previously provided by bp and another $30 million from Clean Energy. The JV anticipates adding preferred stock and debt to increase committed investment capital. Clean Energy will be the operating partner.
The JV will produce renewable natural gas using methane captured from dairies’ waste. The demand for biomethane has significantly accelerated over the last few years with some of the largest heavy-duty fleets in the world such as UPS, Republic Services, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and LA Metro, successfully operating tens of thousands of vehicles on this renewable fuel.
“The fact that we were able to work out the details of this JV so quickly after announcing our intent in December is a testament to the commitment of both companies to get more renewable natural gas into the marketplace. Clean Energy continues to sign new agreements with trucking companies, transit agencies and other transportation fleets all looking to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations. This JV will provide additional biomethane going forward and enable us to expand that customer base,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, CEO and president of Clean Energy.
Sean Reavis, senior vice president, bp low carbon trading, commented: “The expansion of our renewable natural gas portfolio aligns with bp’s ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero. We look forward to continuing our work with Clean Energy on exciting projects aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of our products and helping customers lower their carbon footprint.”
Source: Clean Energy