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Clean Energy for 39 Agencies — Pumps CNG at 62 Locations

October 12, 2014 by Kirk Fetzer in APTA Expo 2014, News Articles with 0 Comments

Clean Energy Fuels predicts strong growth in compressed natural gas for transit agencies, a sector that accounts for upwards of 40% of the company’s volume.
Clean Energy (Booth 3755) already serves 39 agencies at 62 locations, says transit VP John Somers – supporting more than 7,300 buses. For Dallas Area Rapid Transit alone, Clean Energy maintains 23 of its IMW compressors supporting 11 dispensers at four CNG fueling stations.

Kansas City ATA operates a mix of 25 CNG-fueled Gillig buses, and expects to acquire 15 to 20 new CNG buses per year until the entire fleet of some 260 transit vehicles is converted from diesel. Note CNG-fueled Ford Transit Connect service vehicle too.

Kansas City ATA operates a mix of 25 CNG-fueled Gillig buses, and expects to acquire 15 to 20 new CNG buses per year until the entire fleet of some 260 transit vehicles is converted from diesel. Note CNG-fueled Ford Transit Connect service vehicle too.

“The whole industry is really changing its attitude toward natural gas,” Somers told Fleets & Fuels.

“We’re saving them time and money,” he says. “People don’t want to deal with particulate filter traps. They don’t want to deal with urea” – necessities for modern diesel engines.

Recent transit installations by Clean Energy include KCATA, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, which has just opened the largest fast-fill compressed natural gas station in Missouri. IMW compressors there will eventually be able to handle more than 200 buses per night.

Closer to APTA Expo, “This is going to be a big year for gas in Texas,” Somers says. “Houston is going gas,” he says, “as is San Antonia Via.”

Clean Energy last year introduced its ‘Redeem’ brand renewable CNG, a fuel made predominately from landfill gas which is processed into biomethane and introduced into the regular gas grid. Customers, primarily in California, have opted for the super-low greenhouse gas product, with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the standout transit agency to-date.

Clean Energy now has three in-house sources of landfill gas, including its McCommas Bluff facility in Dallas, and now gets product from 11 contracted landfills and a wastewater treatment plant, says Harrison Clay, president of Clean Energy Renewable Fuels. More contracts are in the works, and could be announced here at APTA Expo 2014.

Natural gas, says VP Somers, “is clean, it’s inexpensive, and it’s a domestic fuel.”

“It’s a no-brainer.”

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