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Is Renewable Natural Gas Really Renewable?

Is Renewable Natural Gas Really Renewable?

US Gain - August 16, 2019

As companies evaluate a cleaner, more sustainable tomorrow, some still question whether or not renewable natural gas is a fossil fuel. In this post, we’ll set the record straight. But, before getting to it... below are a few key industry terms you need to know. Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is a term, according to the EPA, used to describe biogas that has been upgraded for use in place of fossil natural gas. RNG can be used as a form of energy to power factories and homes or as an alternative fuel for the transportation industry. Biogas used to produce RNG...

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Renewable Natural Gas Benefits School Districts

Renewable Natural Gas Benefits School Districts

US Gain - July 26, 2019

For years, natural gas has proven itself as the alternative fuel option for leading school districts across the nation. As your school district evaluates either a transition to natural gas vehicles or maybe an upgrade to renewable natural gas – below are answers to the most common questions we face. Do natural gas buses cost more? Yes, but maybe not. It’s no secret – alternative fuel vehicles are typically more expensive than their diesel counterparts. In the case of buses, the average incremental cost is about $30,000 per bus. You may be wondering... how can districts afford the switch? Simple...

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Natural Gas: Fuel Choice for Refuse

Natural Gas: Fuel Choice for Refuse

US Gain - May 9, 2019

Did you know that roughly 60 percent of all new refuse trucks run on compressed (CNG) and renewable (RNG) natural gas – not diesel? Fleets across the country have made the switch and are committed to a future with natural gas vehicles (NGVs). Waste Management has, for years, made headlines through use of natural gas within their “Think Green, Think Clean” fleet. But they aren’t the only ones – countless other public and private refuse fleets are raving about the benefits natural gas brings their business. What kind of benefits? Reduced Fuel Spend: Natural gas features a lower price per...

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Electric Trucks: 3 Topics to Consider

Electric Trucks: 3 Topics to Consider

US Gain - May 3, 2019

Advancements in electric vehicles (EVs) are a topic of discussion across the nation, especially at this year’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in California. Many policymakers, sustainability groups and consumers feel strongly that the evolution of EVs will answer air quality problems that many regions across the nation are battling today, especially those in California. Although EVs have a compelling value proposition for some applications, they also come with a lengthy list of concerns, especially for those fleets in heavy-duty trucking considering a transition. Below is a summary of fleet concerns. 1: What impact will a transition to EVs have...

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Renewable Natural Gas Benefits Private Fleets

Renewable Natural Gas Benefits Private Fleets

US Gain - April 12, 2019

It’s no secret that alternative fuel is a proven strategy to reduce transportation-related emissions. But have you also considered what other benefits a change in fuel can bring to the table? In this post, we’ll cover 3 reasons that fleets are converting to renewable natural gas as their alternative fuel solution – and why you should too. Reason #1: Economics Pencil Out Leading heavy-duty trucking fleets made the initial switch to natural gas when diesel prices were at record highs, as an effort to remain economically competitive. Even with today’s lower diesel pricing, economics can still support a change to...

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Expediting Development & Supply of Renewable Natural Gas

Expediting Development & Supply of Renewable Natural Gas

US Gain - April 1, 2019

U.S. Gain brings another development project online and sends more clean fuel to California APPLETON, Wis. – April 1, 2019 —U.S. Gain is pleased to announce a new renewable natural gas (RNG) development project located in Springfield, Nebraska, which is producing much-needed clean fuel for the transportation industry, as well as a RNG supply contract for Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) natural gas fueling station network. Both projects will be impactful in the development and supply of RNG across the country. Expediting Development of Renewable Natural Gas As a vertically-integrated RNG provider, U.S. Gain is diligently working with producers and...

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Sustainability Goals Simplified with Renewable Natural Gas

Sustainability Goals Simplified with Renewable Natural Gas

US Gain - February 20, 2019

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions are a part of nearly every corporate sustainability plan. Switching to cleaner energy options can deliver savings to achieve GHG reduction targets. But, where do you focus next? How can you continue to find projects that satisfy GHG emission reductions you’ve committed to? It all starts with selecting the right clean fuel. The Answer: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) For years, the transportation and energy segments have rivaled each other as the largest contributor to GHG emissions. Together, they produce almost 60 percent of all GHGs. While heavy-duty vehicles account for less than 10 percent of...

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Maintenance Sparks Attention for NGV Fleets

Maintenance Sparks Attention for NGV Fleets

US Gain - January 4, 2019

Vehicle maintenance is a common discussion point with all fleets, and in particular, those using natural gas vehicles (NGVs). Although over 80% of NGV engine components are identical to those of diesel (and built on the same assembly lines), differences do exist and as a result – maintenance must be considered upfront to avoid dramatic cost/mile variances. Spark plugs matter  So... what is different? NGVs are designed to run on a spark ignition technology, meaning the spark plugs are actually igniting the fuel in the engine. To no surprise, spark plugs are one of the most important components to maintain,...

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Climate Assessment: RNG is a Path to Positive Change

Climate Assessment: RNG is a Path to Positive Change

US Gain - November 28, 2018

Many of you are probably aware of the recently released Fourth National Climate Assessment (Volume II) by the Global Change Research Program. There were over 1,000 contributors to the report, including 300 leading scientists and 13 federal agencies. The intent of this report was to analyze climate change and its impact on the United States, fulfilling requirements of the Global Change Research Act of 1990. This recent release follows Volume 1 (Climate Science Special Report) that concluded there is "no convincing alternative explanation" for the changing climate other than "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases". This version provided numerous...

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Freight Demand Spurs New “Polyfuel” Approach

Freight Demand Spurs New “Polyfuel” Approach

US Gain - November 13, 2018

It’s incredible to see commonality of headlines spanning across industries – all pointing to significantly higher freight demand. The cause for this increase? Like anything, it’s debatable, but in part due to a substantial growth in consumer online shopping. As consumers shift more of their spending online, retailers are creatively vying for a slice of the pie. From flash sales, to never-ending discounted prices and as of late – faster delivery times, of course, at no additional cost to the consumer – all putting pressure on the trucking industry to deliver more, faster. With our economy booming and heavy-duty trucking...

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