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RNG Revolution

October 31, 2020

As unprecedented wildfires ravage California—shattering records of total acres of land burned by more than double, and by early October, surpassing 4 million acres just this year—discussions of climate change mitigation efforts are becoming louder and more pressing than ever. Particularly for those feeling the heat when it comes reducing carbon footprints, interest in renewable natural gas (RNG) as an alternative vehicle fuel is an all-time high, and for good reason. Not only does it meet the most stringent emissions requirements, but for utilities and companies at which large vehicle fleets are essential for operating, making the switch is relatively easy and inexpensive. Announcements of transitions for large vehicle fleets are made almost daily—for example, in early September, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority inked a deal with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to fuel the MTA’s 800 transit buses with RNG. Less than a week later, CEFC announced that, in just a 45-day period, it had made new and extended deals for the supply of more than 20 million gallons of RNG for municipal and refuse vehicle fleets and fueling stations across the country.

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