May 7, 2018
Since 2009, U.S. Gain has been building its alternative fuels business under the GAIN Clean Fuel brand, starting with CNG and recently adding RNG. In 2017, the Wisconsin-based sustainable energy solutions provider focused business development efforts on the western United States. Because of growing demand for alternative fuels, state and local policy changes, and increasingly available incentives, U.S. Gain is expanding its natural gas station network in the Golden State.
“California is very proactive for clean air, which is evidenced by incentives the air districts offer to help fleets transition to NGVs,” said Mike Bolin, U.S. Gain’s West Coast business development manager. “We expect to see continued alternative fuels growth in this state, so we want to have boots on the ground to support our local customers.”
Bolin is heading up network expansion efforts, building upon existing stations in Santa Ana and Inglewood. His first job as they expand the station network northward is making sure new facilities are located conveniently along freeways for anchor fleets with Class 8 heavy-duty trucks and local refuse fleets with medium-size trucks; some will offer public access for private users.
U.S. Gain is working to develop stations throughout the state, focusing on accessibility for all NGVs, and hopefully easing the adoption of CNG.
There are currently more than 50 GAIN Clean Fuel stations throughout North America. The company is committed to expanding natural gas access for all fleets and works with customers to articulate a fuel plan and then identify station specifications accordingly, ensuring sites are appropriately sized. All stations are backed by 24/7 monitoring, and their equipment features twin compressors for redundancy, which provides 99 percent station uptime.
“We can help customers transition to CNG by using our capital dollars to build the station,” says Bolin. “The cost of the station can be passed through in the price of fuel, so customers don’t have to put any money up front to build a new station.” U.S. Gain also supports the industry by supplying RNG to fleets.
In addition to leading market expansion, Bolin is working on the issues driving the state’s alternative fuels market—and that’s where the Coalition comes in. U.S. Gain became the Coalition’s newest member so that it can more easily participate in NGV campaigns with other members and help advocate for clean transportation legislation.
“One of the most valuable aspects of being a member is linking to California legislation,” said Bolin. “We look forward to actively working with Sacramento lawmakers for policies that drive our industry.”
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