U.S. Gain, a company that specializes in the development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG), says it has completed a new onsite natural gas fueling station for California’s Moreno Valley Unified School District. The station is supplied with RNG, providing the district with strong environmental and economic returns.
Moreno Valley USD is home to over 34,000 students, 3,700 employees, 23 elementary schools, six middle schools, four high schools and nine specialized schools and programs. Aside from these accomplishments, Moreno Valley USD is also known for its fleet of natural gas school buses.
To support continued success with natural gas vehicles (NGVs), Moreno Valley USD has decided to upgrade its existing fueling station. Thanks to a partnership with U.S. Gain and funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), Moreno Valley USD has acquired a new, reliable, onsite fueling station that features three times the capacity of their previous station. Mike Bolin, business development manager with U.S. Gain, was instrumental in putting the project together.
The station’s compact design avoids interruption to onsite traffic flow, and more importantly, the time-fill option allows buses to refuel overnight, saving driver time that otherwise would be spent fueling. This time savings translates to approximately $1.00 per gallon in fuel savings, further justifying the case for the new onsite system. Additionally, the station was constructed with expansion in mind, allowing for future fleet growth with minimal future infrastructure spend.
“Compact, modular fueling systems are perfect for school districts, refuse companies and other applications with return-to-base routes,” says Bolin. “Further, backed by U.S. Gain’s station operation and maintenance program, Moreno Valley USD’s station will feature best-in-class uptime – just like our network of GAIN Clean Fuel stations.”
Additionally, Moreno Valley USD buses are now running on clean, RNG supplied by U.S. Gain – amplifying greenhouse gas emission reductions.
“We’re excited to provide another customer with RNG, especially in Southern California. Air quality continues to be a significant problem for this area, and we’ll continue to supply RNG to fleets like Moreno Valley USD that want to make a positive change – both in emission reductions and fuel savings,” says Bryan Nudelbacher, director of RNG business development for U.S. Gain.
“Thanks to the LCFS program, we’re investing in more RNG development projects to produce the cleanest fuel for areas that need it most,” Nudelbacher adds.
Photo: Natural gas buses refueling with RNG