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New Study Shows Economic Value of RNG in California

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by RNG Coalition (Biomass Magazine) A new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. The ‘RNG Jobs Report’ examines the economic potential of fueling heavy-duty trucks with renewable natural gas produced in California, instead of being powered by petroleum-based diesel. The study was released jointly today by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) and the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo, the nation’s largest alternative, clean-fleet trade show.

A switch to renewable natural gas trucks could quickly help California achieve its air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change-related goals, the two coalitions say.

By capturing and converting methane for use as a substitute or blended fuel, transportation companies and fleets can reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as much as 70 percent.  The latest heavy-duty renewable natural gas engines reduce NOx emissions by 90 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“As an air quality advocate, I see green jobs as the best jobs. It’s good to see renewable natural gas add green jobs to our economy,” said Joe Lyou, South Coast Air Quality Management District board member and president and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, a Los Angeles-based environmental nonprofit.

The newest heavy-duty natural gas engines are well-suited for transit and refuse applications, and big enough to haul freight. As large as 9 liters with 320 horsepower, the engines are certified by the California Air Resources Board at “near-zero” emissions levels, equivalent to a 100 percent battery truck. A 12-liter near-zero engine with 400 horsepower, specifically designed for heavy-duty trucks, is slated for production later this year.

For every job created through direct investment in the trucking and goods movement sector powered by California-produced renewable natural gas, two more jobs will be created. The study estimates that these are high-paying jobs, with estimated labor income more than double California’s current median income. The jobs and economic activity from investments in a natural gas trucks powered by in-state renewable natural gas support California’s diverse economy, supporting various levels of skilled workers in sectors including construction, fabrication, vehicle manufacturing, engineering services, waste management, and service industries.  The full study is available here.   READ MORE

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