Young Commercial Transfer Features Fleet Conversion to GNR – Fuel Smarts
Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), Young’s Commercial Transfer (YCT), an agricultural trucking company, and Opal Fuels, a renewable natural gas (RNG) producer and marketer, present YCT’s commitment to help decarbonize California by making the transition of its heavy truck fleet. service trucks to run on RNG. These ultra-low-emission trucks are fueled at stations built, owned and operated by Opal Fuels in the San Joaquin Valley. The RNG will be delivered through the SoCalGas pipeline network. YCT currently has 80 natural gas trucks and plans to increase that number to 110 by the end of March. Additionally, YCT hopes to convert 75% of its fleet to GNR by the end of 2023. The trucks will be equipped with 12-liter Cummins Westport engines and automatic transmission and have a range of up to 600 miles.
RNG is not a fossil fuel, but a low-carbon fuel, and is produced by capturing methane emissions from organic waste, including landfills and dairy farms. When used in transportation end uses in place of diesel fuel, RNG can provide significant annual operating cost savings (with LCFS and RIN credits) and help reduce the carbon footprint of fleets of heavyweight. In California, RNG used as transportation fuel has increased 177% over the past five years and in 2020 alone, 1.83 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) were displaced, as the reported the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas.
Additional RNG refueling stations using SoCalGas’ pipeline network have come online in the Central San Joaquin Valley over the past 18 months. The development of these stations provided essential alternatives in the fueling network along the busy Highway 99.
In California, transportation accounts for more than 41% of greenhouse gas emissions and 80% of smog-causing pollution in the state, with heavy trucks being among the biggest polluters, California data shows. Air Resources Board.
“RNG is quickly becoming mainstream in the San Joaquin Valley, and it’s being adopted by organizations of all sizes,” said Gillian Wright, senior vice president and chief customer officer at SoCalGas. “California companies like YCT that are working toward carbon neutrality will help accelerate the state’s climate goals.”
As part of its efforts to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2045, SoCalGas is focusing on solutions to help reduce emissions in hard-to-reduce sectors, including heavy transportation. Clean fuels such as RNG and hydrogen are important components of any solution to decarbonize the hard-to-electrify parts of California’s economy. A new economy-wide technical analysis, released by SoCalGas, outlines how repurposing existing gas infrastructure to deliver clean fuels, like RNG, and manage carbon can help the state achieve carbon neutrality. more affordable way and with less risk than other routes.
SoCalGas has worked with fleet owners to secure millions of dollars in incentive funding to replace diesel trucks with cleaner, near-zero emissions natural gas trucks. Since 2014, the utility has helped truckers and trucking companies replace more than 550 diesel trucks with cleaner natural gas trucks.
Originally posted on Work Truck Online