TruStar Energy, a developer of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, has hired Juan Reina as its new director of biogas – a strategic move for the company to start supplying CNG sourced from biogas.
Reina will be tasked primarily with sourcing and delivering renewable natural gas (RNG) for the company’s growing customer base. CNG sourced from RNG allows customers to reduce their carbon footprint while adding to their bottom line, says TruStar.
Reina will work closely with Dave Unger, senior vice president of Fortistar, TruStar Energy’s parent company. Unger was hired earlier this year to help develop an RNG supply chain – from landfill to customer. Reina will be assisting in other TruStar Energy business development activities, including new fuel station development and the consolidation of existing individual or regional stations that want to be part of a larger national program.
While at TECO Peoples Gas, Reina was responsible for the negotiation of gas transportation agreements with industrial, electric generation and wholesale customers. Reina developed, implemented and managed two unique regulated utility service offerings for the development of CNG and RNG infrastructure. Through the CNG service tariff, TECO Peoples Gas developed three stations that serve refuse trucks, transit buses and semi-trailer tractors. The RNG service tariff is now facilitating RNG development projects in Florida.
“Although early adopters of natural gas as a transportation fuel have already seen positive economic returns and sustainability benefits over diesel, RNG greatly enhances both of those benefits,” says Adam Comora, president of TruStar Energy. “Juan Reina’s extensive experience in negotiating gas transportation agreements and project development will be a tremendous asset in our move to offer customers RNG to meet their fueling and sustainability needs.”