Clean Energy Signs Multiple Fueling Agreements in Trucking
On Thursday, Clean Energy announced multiple fueling agreements in trucking and funding awards for many of its Pennsylvania customers.
Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), which operates more than 65 bakeries and distributes products through 12,000 sales routes across the U.S., has contracted with Clean Energy to introduce its first heavy duty natural gas trucks into its fleet in California. The 16 CNG trucks will use fuel from Clean Energy’s public-access CNG station network throughout Northern California. BBU expects to explore options for adding more natural gas trucks to its fleet throughout the country based on the success of this initial deployment.
Kenan Advantage Group (KAG), Clean Energy’s contract carrier for LNG, is scheduled to expand its LNG fleet with 24 additional LNG trucks. KAG has been operating 25 LNG trucks and fueling with Clean Energy since 2013. These trucks will fuel at Clean Energy’s stations in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, and is forecasted to consume approximately 400,000 DGEs of LNG per year. “Expanding our natural gas fleet to haul Clean Energy LNG makes perfect sense since we’re delivering to Clean Energy stations every day,” said Mark Davis, president of Jack B. Kelley, a subsidiary of The Kenan Advantage Group.
Clean Rentals of New Bedford, Massachusetts, will begin a CNG pilot program with four heavy duty natural gas trucks in a regional delivery application and fuel at Clean Energy’s public natural gas fueling network.
Modern Transportation is expanding its LNG fleet in the Mid-Atlantic. The fleet is currently running high-mileage routes for Owens Corning, with each truck traveling nearly 200,000 miles per year. “Our LNG truck fleet has performed extremely well and we’ll continue to expand this fleet,” said Rich Kushner, vice president of sales for Modern Transportation.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded Clean Energy customers $1.4 million for 166 NGVs. Awarded under the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) program of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance, the funds will help pay for the conversion or purchase of light and medium duty NGVs. A total of 274 NGVs were funded under AFIG’s Sept. 4th grant award. DEP estimates 24 new fueling stations and 35 existing stations will be supported by these NGVs. Under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and DEP also awarded Clean Energy $3.78 million under the Alternative and Clean Energy program for the development, construction and expansion of natural gas fueling stations.