of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus (BBB) announced today that it has become one of
the country's first municipal transit authorities to convert its fleet to
renewable natural gas (RNG), rated 90% cleaner than diesel and is considered
the cleanest transportation fuel available. Earlier this year, BBB
modified its original agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp (Nasdaq:
CLNE) to transition the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for its
fleet to Clean Energy's Redeem™ renewable LNG (Redeem™), which is
non-fracked methane harvested from organic waste in landfills.
With the announcement, BBB unveiled a new Bus ad campaign called
"Bigger, Bluer, Skies" to emphasize the lower emissions and
sustainability of this type of fuel.
Big Blue Bus has been fueling its LNG and
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet of motor coaches with fuel supplied by Clean
Energy since 2012. The process of harvesting and processing Redeem™ provides a
product that has fewer impurities than conventional natural gas and is a cleaner
burning fuel source.
"City Council has voiced its support for
non-fracked, sustainable sources of fuel, and Redeem™ delivers a fuel made
entirely of waste; a more sustainable product at an equal cost. This makes
BBB's partnership with Clean Energy to use the Redeem™ fuel a win-win
solution," said BBB's Transit Director, Ed King.
The City of Santa Monica is a nationally
recognized leader for its sustainability policies and actions. BBB has
progressively contributed to the City's sustainability narrative through its
use of alternative fuel and ultimate phasing out of diesel-fueled motor
coaches. Through this commitment, clean burning and Renewable Natural Gas now
power BBB's entire fleet. The modification to the original agreement with Clean
Energy to furnish and deliver Renewable Methane Gas, as a replacement for
traditional Liquid Natural Gas, is cost neutral to the City. The addition of
Redeem™ is a next step in BBB's and the City's sustainability portfolio.
"Big Blue Bus is a leader in sustainability
and our ability to partner with it and provide a completely recyclable natural
gas fueling option helps reduce emissions locally and shows other cities the
power in using Redeem™ renewable fuel," said Peter Grace, Clean Energy's
senior vice president for sales and finance.
Renewable Liquefied Natural Gas, Redeem™, is
non-fracked methane, harvested from landfills. This gas has historically been
burned off into the atmosphere. However, with advances in renewable technology,
the gas is now harvested through a series of membranes implanted in the ground
of landfills. Renewable Methane Gas is processed through a filtration and
refining process and transported via pipeline to end users. As a result of the
harvesting and filtration process, it is found that Renewable Methane Gas has
fewer impurities than conventional Natural Gas and thus is a cleaner burning
fuel source. Operating City transit buses through this waste-to-energy fuel
source, Big Blue Bus contributes to fulfilling the City's commitment to
protecting the Environment by utilizing the cleanest
transportation fuel source available.
To watch a short video about how Redeem™ is
made, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VapWtJGVEw.
About the Big Blue Bus
Big Blue Bus operates a fleet of 200 vehicles
transporting more than 61,000 passengers daily across a 51-square mile service
area. Nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to a cleaner
environment, the entire fleet operates on alternative fuels, including
liquefied and compressed natural gas (LNG/CNG), which helps to cut emissions by
over 80 percent. Serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area since 1928, Big
Blue Bus has won numerous awards for its customer service, safety and
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