Becomes First Dairy Waste-to-Vehicle Fuel Pathway Certified by California’s Air Resources Board; Names Martin Gilkes COO, Opens LA Office
CHICAGO – AMP Americas, the pioneering renewable natural gas (RNG) producer and marketer, and compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel provider for the heavy-duty, commercial trucking industry, today announced that its RNG operation at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has received the first dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel pathway certified by California's Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB awarded the company a Carbon Intensity (CI) score of -254.94 gCO2e/MJ, which is the lowest ever issued by CARB.
AMP Americas also announced today that it has opened an office in Los Angeles and has named Martin Gilkes COO. Gilkes will lead the AMP Americas team, head up the company’s California office, and will work with policy makers and industry colleagues to shape state and federal clean transportation policy. The new office will allow AMP Americas to better serve its expanding customer base in California.
AMP Americas' first project at Fair Oaks Farms has been in action since 2011 and produces over 1.5 million gallons of 100 percent renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste every year. The project was also the first, and to-date only, U.S. EPA Renewable Fuel Standard-certified dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel project in the U.S. It is the first of its kind in California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard program. Fuels that emit more carbon have higher scores. Diesel registers +98, while traditional natural gas is only +79 and California electric is +35. Fair Oaks’ -255 CI makes trucks using its fuel far cleaner than electric.
“There are very few credible providers in the dairy RNG space, no one with the level of experience we have operating dairy RNG, and no one with the CNG station network integrated with RNG production assets and marketing capabilities,” said Martin Gilkes, COO at AMP Americas. “AMP Americas is leading the way in comprehensive renewable fueling for heavy trucks, and I am excited to join this talented team and help realize the massive opportunity in front of us.”
AMP Americas’ Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF) is investing heavily in dairy RNG projects and partnering with dairy farmers across the country. RDF’s investments will bring more ultra-low CI gas to market and will help solve major air quality and climate challenges. Construction is currently underway for the company’s second RNG project using dairy digester gas. RDF plans to more than double its dairy gas output by early 2018 and aims to deliver 100 percent RNG to all 20 of its fueling stations as it brings on future projects.
“Adding Martin to our team is an important step for our company,” said Grant Zimmerman, CEO at AMP Americas. “His knowledge and extensive experience as an operator, an investor, and a client service leader will help us execute our aggressive growth plans, achieve our mission to clean up the nation’s air, and to preserve our climate by fueling the transformation of heavy-duty trucking with clean natural gas and renewable natural gas.”
Prior to joining AMP Americas, Martin was Global Head of Strategic Planning and Vice President of Investor Relations at Mattel, the largest toy manufacturer in the world. Before Mattel, he was a Vice President in Bain Capital's North American Private Equity business and spent six years prior to that as a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a BS from MIT, an MSc from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
About AMP Americas
AMP Americas operates three business units; Renewable Dairy Fuels, ampRenew and ampCNG. Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF) produces 100 percent renewable natural gas from an anaerobic digester at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana. ampRenew, the company’s branded high quality RNG sourcing, marketing, and risk management business, sources RNG from Fair Oaks Farms and third party RNG developers to supply partner CNG stations, ampCNG stations, and fleet customers with clean sustainable RNG for trucking fleets. ampCNG is leading the movement to help heavy-duty trucking fleets transition to cost-effective, clean and American-produced CNG. A member of the Department of Energy’s National Clean Fleets Partnership tasked to reduce the nation’s dependency on imported oil, ampCNG builds, owns and operates a growing network of CNG fueling stations for long-haul trucking fleets. For more information, call (312) 300-6700 or visit http://www.ampcng.com.
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