Metropolitan Energy Center and Kansas City Regional Clean Cities have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for federal funding to move the adoption of clean, domestic fuels even further into the transportation mainstream. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced this week that Kansas City Clean Cities was one of five organizations nationwide sharing a total of $13.4 million in competitive grants.
This funding will assist multiple projects and fuels in both Missouri and Kansas. Private- and public-sector partners will cover just over half of total costs with their own commitments to cleaner fleets, new infrastructure and improved fueling facilities.
Salina is among locations where projects are planned. The Salina project includes a new public CNG station along I-70, along with one in Wakeeney.
Including the Salina project, the grant covers the following projects:
- Propane fleet fueling for buses operated by the Grain Valley, MO R-5 School District
- An expanded time-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility for the City of Garden City KS, and new CNG-powered heavy trash haulers
- Publicly accessible CNG fueling at the Sapp Brothers Travel Center in Harrisonville, MO
- Additional CNG and electric-drive (EV) vehicles for Kansas City, MO’s municipal fleet
- Expanded public CNG fueling for the City of El Dorado, KS
- Biodiesel blending facilities for on-campus vehicle use at the University of Kansas in Lawrence
- Expanded time-fill CNG fueling infrastructure for the Blue Springs, MO R-IV School District
- Deployment of EV shuttle buses at KCI, along with construction of high-speed charging systems
- New public CNG stations along I-70 in Salina, KS and Wakeeney, KS – though designed for access by any CNG vehicle, these stations are planned with heavy freight traffic in mind; construction will close a natural gas fueling gap that stretches from Topeka to Denver, and will encourage CNG adoption by additional freight fleets
A cumulative reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 3,377 metric tons is projected by the end of Year Three of the project and the elimination of 46,375 barrels of petroleum. A conservative estimate shows savings of $888,615 in fuel costs through the end of year three for our partners and for fleets and drivers making the switch to cleaner, domestically produced energy.
A partner in the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, Kansas City Regional Clean Cities is a coalition of public and private partners seeking to build the awareness and use of alternative fuels in fleets throughout Kansas and western Missouri. The coalition consists of fleet operators, alternative fuel providers, vehicle manufacturers and distributors, and others interested in improving air quality and reducing the use of foreign oil. It has been active since 1996 and was designated a DOE partner in 1998.
Metropolitan Energy Center is a 501 (c) (3) tax-deductible organization working in Kansas City and surrounding areas for greater energy efficiency in transportation and the built environment since 1983. Our mission is to create resource efficiency, environmental health and economic vitality in the Kansas City region. For additional information, please visit www.metroenergy.org.
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