Clean Energy, a Seal Beach, California-based supplier of natural gas for transport, recently announced plans for two projects on opposite ends of the country. The new projects being undertaken by the company are in New York and California.
Clean Energy’s new East Coast project involves supplying compressed natural gas (CNG) to Smithtown, New York’s fleet of refuse trucks. Smithtown is the first municipality in the state to convert its entire refuse truck fleet from running on diesel to natural gas. In addition, Clean Energy is expanding its CNG fueling station, which is located in Hauppauge, Long Island.
“We are delighted to bring this economical and environmentally friendly fueling service to Smithtown,” said Clean Energy President Andrew Littlefair. “The township deserves to be commended for its unflagging commitment to ensuring a healthy environment for its citizens, and we’re very proud to be a part of that effort.”
To launch the New York project, a special ceremony was held on September 19. Guests at the event included New York Governor George Pataki, Clean Energy founder Boone Pickens, Town of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, New York State (NYS) Office of General Services Commissioner John J. Spano, and President of NYS Energy Research and Development Authority Peter Smith.
“For too long, our nation has relied almost exclusively on vehicles that use imported petroleum, and we have paid a heavy price for this dependencyhigh prices at the pump, threats to our national and economic security, and damage to our environment,” said Governor Pataki. “Compressed natural gas has emerged as a viable alternative to conventional gasoline and diesel and can help us reduce our dependency on imported fuel right now.”
On the West Coast, Clean Energy recently signed a contract to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Los Angeles International Airport fleet. It is estimated that Clean Energy will supply 2 million gallons of LNG over the course of the three-year contract.