Las Vegas' public transportation infrastructure entered a new era with Southwest Gas' announcement of a long-term partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. The partnership allows Southwest Gas to provide RTC's buses and other fleet vehicles with renewable natural gas supplied by U.S. Gain, a developer and distributor of alternative fuel and renewable thermal energy.
The partnership "is significant because it will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout southern Nevada while saving up to $1.2 million in operating costs," RTC CEO M.J. Maynard said in a Nov. 18 news release.
U.S. Gain has managed over 30 RNG development projects at farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. Its alternative fuel portfolio includes electricity, hydrogen, renewable diesel and propane.
The transportation sector produces the most greenhouse gas emissions in the state of Nevada, at 35 percent. The partnership with Southwest Gas allows RTC to expand its "green" fleet at a faster pace. The agreement has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
Southwest Gas continues to work with customers in the region—developers and organizations that have a need for RNG.
"Collaboratives like this accelerate RNG adoption for fleets spanning industries and geographies," Bryan Nudelbacher, U.S. Gain's director of business development, said in the release. "Partnering with Southwest Gas and RTC showcases the value and sustainability case associated with both the development and use of gas. We are steadfast in connecting fleets with RNG supply, streamlining decarbonization efforts across their value chain."
Southwest Gas said the collaboration supports statewide efforts to reduce GHG emissions to near-zero or zero levels by 2050.