Newport Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. in 2017 recorded a 32% increase year/year in sales of Redeem, its renewable natural gas (RNG) product for transportation. Clean Energy said it sold 79 million gallons of Redeem in 2017, compared to 60 million gallons a year earlier. Last year's volume represented more than half of the overall U.S. RNG production as reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) approved a $7.3 million (7.1%) natural gas utility rate decrease for Spokane, WA-based Avista Utilities, effective Friday (Jan. 26). Avista residential gas customers in eastern Washington are expected to save about $3/month, a 6.3% decrease. In a general rate case filing that is pending, in which Avista requested an increase for natural gas of $8.3 million (9.3%) for the first year of a three-year rate cycle, WUTC staff recommended approving $1.1 million (1.3%).