TruStar Energy, a leading developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, has marked the completion of its 250th facility in Indiana and its acquisition of two renewable natural gas (RNG) producers.
Executives at the subsidiary of privately held Fortistar LLC stressed the company's intention to be a leader in the transition to more RNG in the transportation sector with the completion of its CNG facility, a United Parcel Service station in Plainfield, IN. The company expects to build about 35% of the market's new stations this year.
Fortistar in partnership with Ares Capital Corp. recently acquired two landfill RNG production facilities from EDF Renewables North America. By the end of this year, TruStar intends to be servicing and maintaining NGV fueling stations that produce more than 80 million gallons of natural gas fuel on an annual basis.
"Our plan is to sustainably expand and decarbonize America's transportation fuel market with TruStar playing a major role in making this happen," said Fortistar CEO Mark Comora. The company is "closing the loop" in moving RNG as a vertically integrated company, "extracting it from landfills and moving it into NGV trucks."
Similar focus on RNG was announced in British Columbia (BC) where a major public transit agency, TransLink, has formed a partnership with FortisBC in which the utility would supply the RNG and TransLink would become Canada's first public transportation authority to use the certified carbon-neutral NGV fuel in its buses.
Under their agreement, FortisBC would up to 500,000 gigajoules (GJ) a year for five years, to provide RNG for 100% of the transit operator's fuel needs. TransLink wants to use RNG to reach a goal of using totally renewable energy by 2050. RNG is now included in the BC province's low carbon fuel standard (LCFS).
"Our government's CleanBC strategy will significantly reduce carbon pollution over the next 10 years, and TransLink is a partner in helping achieve this goal," said BC’s Selina Robinson, minister of municipal affairs and housing responsible for running TransLink.
In Washington, DC, NGVAmerica used the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report to underscore the role NGV heavy duty trucks can play in cutting down on unhealthy air pollution. Officials claimed that NGV engines now are the “cleanest” truck engines in the world, 90% better than the latest available diesel engine counterpart, NGVAmerica Dan Gage said.