Refuse Sector’s Demand for RNG Increasing

There is increased demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) from the refuse sector, especially in California, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced. With RNG, refuse trucks are fueled by the very solid waste they haul.

Clean Energy’s Redeem RNG vehicle fuel is derived from capturing biogenic methane that is naturally sourced by the decomposition of dairy and landfill waste. Redeem enables at least 70% reduction in carbon emissions when displacing diesel or gasoline, according to California Air Resources Board (CARB) estimates.

The City of Fresno, Calif., signed a two-year agreement with Clean Energy for renewable liquefied natural gas (RLNG) to power approximately 140 refuse trucks for an anticipated annual total of 1.6 million LNG gallons, the equivalent of just over one million gasoline gallons equivalent (GGEs). The City of Long Beach, Calif., has entered into a new two-year contract to fuel 77 vehicles with an expected 225,000 GGEs of Redeem, including its 35 LNG refuse trucks.