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Clean Energy Adding CNG Transit Fueling in Three States

Newport Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. will construct compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facilities for public and school transit organizations in Missouri, New York and Virginia, it said Tuesday.

"Despite lower oil prices, Clean Energy continues to add fueling partnerships across all of our transportation markets," said Clean Energy CEO Andrew Littlefair. School districts, municipalities and trucking fleets are all still looking for cost-savings and cleaner fuels, Littlefair said.

In Long Island, NY, Clean Energy will build and operate a CNG station for the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE). The station will replace an existing Mitchel Field station. Clean Energy will assume responsibility for NICE's other existing CNG fueling facilities.

Clean Energy signed a five-year contract valued at $13 million with NICE, supporting a fleet of more than 200 buses.

Similarly, Clean Energy has signed a contract with Arlington Transit (ART) in Arlington County, VA, to develop and operate CNG fueling facilities. Through a contract with W.M. Schlosser Co., Clean Energy plans to build a fast-fill CNG station at an ART bus depot currently under construction. That facility will deploy 25 CNG transit buses, which are estimated to consume about 225,000 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG annually. ART plans to increase its fleet to 75 CNG buses, Clean Energy said.

In Missouri, the North Kansas City School District will replace 124 school buses with CNG buses with an option to purchase another 30 during the next 10 years. The new station that Clean Energy will develop will include fast-fill and time-fill fueling options.

Clean Energy has signed a 15-year deal with the school district that is funded through financing secured by the district and a joint partnership among Clean Energy, Midwest Bus Sales and the district. Midwest Bus will supply the CNG buses. The station is expected to open next year.

Clean Energy has expanded its deals for CNG and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling with transit operators, refuse fleets and other trucking fleets around the nation, including signing bulk sales contracts with fleet operators for LNG and CNG.

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