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Clean Energy Fuels and bp broaden RNG joint venture to US Midwest

In the United States (US), Clean Energy Fuels Corporation (Clean Energy), and bp plc have announced that their renewable natural gas (RNG) joint venture will build on previously announced plans to finance and develop new projects at dairy farms, starting in the Midwest. Located in South Dakota (SD) and Iowa (IA), the dairy farms, with more than 30 000 cows, have the estimated potential to convert the methane produced from waste into more than seven million gallons of RNG annually.

Clean Energy Fuels Corporation (Clean Energy), and bp plc renewable natural gas (RNG) joint venture will build on previously announced plans to finance and develop new projects at dairy farms, starting in the Midwest. The RNG is expected to be sold into the California market under dispensing agreements bp has in place with Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the largest fueling infrastructure in the United States for RNG (photo courtesy Clean Energy Fuels).

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), agriculture accounts for nearly 10 percent of US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Capturing methane from farm waste can lower these emissions. RNG is used as a transportation fuel and has lower GHG emissions on a lifecycle basis when compared to conventional gasoline and diesel fuels.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has given similar projects a carbon intensity (CI) score of a weighted average of -320 compared to CI scores of 101 for conventional diesel fuel and 15 for electric batteries.

The demand for RNG is rapidly growing, highlighted by our recent announcement to fuel a new fleet of Amazon heavy-duty trucks deploying across the country. Our joint venture with bp to develop new supplies is critical to keeping up with this demand. The RNG that is expected to flow from these dairies to our fueling infrastructure will allow our customers to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions and turn their sustainability goals into reality, said Clay Corbus, SVP, and Co-Head of Renewable Fuels at Clean Energy.

Dynamic Holdings will oversee construction and develop and operate the facilities following the execution of an agreement with the joint venture to execute multiple phases of dairy RNG projects.

With over 550 dispensing locations, Clean Energy has the largest network of RNG stations in the US. bp’s world-class trading organization transports RNG to California markets and monetizes the environmental credits associated with dispensing the RNG.

These collaborations are critical steps toward our ambition of helping the world reach net zero by 2050 or sooner. Our biogas strategy is focused on growth and developing an integrated business model that allows us to deliver the unique energy products the market is demanding, said Sean Reavis, bp Biogas Origination.

The first RNG production facility is expected to be operational in 2022.

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