Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a national clean fuel provider with a mission to decarbonize transportation through the development and delivery of renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from organic waste, opened its new RNG station in Groveport, Ohio in late September. Amazon trucks will fuel at the station, which also will provide public access for local fleets seeking access to RNG. “Large fleets fueling with RNG have the ability to realize immediate and significant carbon reduction, especially in the heavy-duty truck sector which could be many years away from meaningful electrification,” noted Andrew J. Littlefair, Clean Energy Fuel’s president and CEO, at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Groveport. “The opening of our station in Ohio is exciting because it’s the first of many more to come throughout the U.S. and will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce climate change.”
The Groveport station is the first construction project completed in an agreement between Clean Energy and Amazon. Many of the 19 new stations will follow Groveport and are expected to be operational by the end of the year, supplementing Clean Energy’s fueling network of 550 stations in North America.
By dispensing 700,000 gallons of RNG annually instead of diesel, the Groveport station will reduce carbon emissions by 6,848 metric tons. Also joining the ceremony was Evan Barton, owner of South Fork Dairy in Newark, Ohio. Clean Energy recently signed an agreement to develop a digester with anticipated capacity to produce 500,000 gallons/year of RNG from the manure produced by the farm’s 3,300 dairy cows. The $15 million investment at the South Fork Dairy will produce RNG fuel to be used at the Groveport station and others around the country. Similar investments at other Ohio dairy farms are underway, enabling farmers to address the issue of fugitive methane emissions while benefiting from an additional revenue stream.
The Groveport station covers 6.7 acres and includes multiple fast-fill dispensers for easy in-and-out fueling of RNG and time-fill posts for up to 52 trucks, allowing for cost-effective fueling and advanced technology transmitting real-time data to customers. “This multi-million dollar investment in the Columbus, Ohio area will put it on the map as a hub for clean, sustainable fueling,” says Clean Energy Fuels. Plans are underway to add fueling capacity for additional heavy- and medium-duty trucks.