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Local natural gas firm partners with global company

Clean Energy Fuels will build stations at Covanta Energy Corp. facilities

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: January 04, 2013 10:05 AM

Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a natural gas provider for transportation and operator of natural gas fueling stations across the U.S., has signed an agreement to co-develop new compressed natural gas stations at select Covanta Energy Corp. facilities in the U.S. Clean Energy, in addition to building and operating CNG fuel stations across the country, is the leading provider of CNG and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America.

Covanta Energy Corp., a global sustainable waste management firm, has more than 40 locations throughout North America and Europe, where waste and trash are converted into clean renewable energy. Clean Energy will work with Covanta to build and operate compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at a number of Covanta facilities, which will provide clean fuel to Covanta’s fleets of 30 or more refuse trucks. Some locations will also provide CNG fueling services to the public.

Joey Neuhoff, Covanta Energy’s vice president of business development, said Covanta is pleased with the partnership with Clean Energy, which will facilitate the company’s conversion of its fleet of refuse trucks to include natural gas-powered vehicles. “The new CNG stations will complement our operations, as we are committed to limiting impacts to the environment and our communities and providing the cleanest, most reliable source of energy from waste in the world.”

The first Covanta facility to open a Clean Energy CNG station is the Essex County Resource Recovery Facility in Newark, N.J., with the station scheduled to open later this month. CNG represents a less expensive, cleaner and more cost-effective domestic fuel alternative to diesel and gasoline –– it can be priced 15 to 40 percent less per gallon less than diesel fuel, creates fewer emissions harmful to the environment, and can achieve greater fuel efficiency.

The Newark Covanta location processes around 2,800 tons of municipal and commercial waste into approximately 65 megawatts of electricity. The two companies are currently assessing which Covanta facilities will open Clean Energy CNG stations.

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