Clean Energy Fuels Corp. opened a new renewable natural gas station in Groveport, Ohio. 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,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president/CEO of Clean Energy. “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 efforts 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 should be operational by the end of the year, according to Clean Energy.
By dispensing 700,000 gallons of RNG annually instead of diesel, Clean Energy said the Groveport station will reduce carbon emissions by 6,848 metric tons—the equivalent of growing 114,133 trees for 10 years, removing 1,489 passenger cars from the road, or reducing 2,750 tons of landfill waste.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony with state and local officials, agriculture leaders, and company executives also featured Evan Barton, owner of South Fork Dairy in Newark, Ohio. Clean Energy recently signed an agreement to develop a digester that should produce 500,000 gallons of RNG a year from the manure produced by Barton’s 3,300 dairy cows when completed. This $15 million investment at the South Fork Dairy will produce RNG fuel to be used at the Groveport station and others around the country, according to Clean Energy.
The Groveport station covers 6.7 acres and includes multiple fast-fill dispensers, time-fill posts for up to 52 trucks, allowing for cost-effective fueling, technology transmitting real-time data to customers, and 52 parking places for drivers’ personal vehicles. Clean Energy said plans are already underway to add fueling capacity for additional heavy- and medium-duty trucks.