Q1. Have you done any research on potential business out in the WaKeeney, Kan area regionally? If there is some regional business which has shown an interest driving this – it could help cost justify something.
A1. We have done research on potential business out in the WaKeeney, Kan area and regionally; we have a preferred site location, listed on the RFP at 745 S. 1st Street; WaKeeney, KS 67672; another Vendor backed out of this location, and it is our preference to use that site due to the owners’ interest in hosting a CNG Fueling Station there. Other sites on the I-70 corridor will be considered.
Q2. Have you verified the gas pipeline capability at the Wakeeney location?
A2. The gas service provider is Midwest Energy; the current gas service is inadequate to serve Class 8 CNG customers. Cost estimates to improve gas service are approximately $250,000; some of which would be covered by a third party. Your project estimate for the Wakeeney site should therefore include at least $125,000 for adequate gas service to the site. The line upgrade is calculated to provide up to 72,000 cubic feet an hour at a maximum psi of 90.
Q3. Will you be sharing some of your market info before we would submit a proposal?
A3. See Section V.4. Criteria for Evaluation; Project Communication; Fleet Commitments. Your response regarding fleets you bring to the table is a material criterion in our evaluation. More general information for the sites:
-WaKeeney is situated on a crossroads with I-70 (one of the most important freight corridors in the US) and KS 283, which is an important agricultural connector to I-70 and I-35. WaKeeney is also a major drop and hook site for UPS and other major freight companies operating between Kansas City and Denver.
-Dodge City site would serve an anchor fleet, in the City refuse fleet. In addition, it is on the other end of KS 283 from Wakeeney and sits on the US 400 corridor.
-Joplin is at a prime location situated at the intersection of 2 major highways (I-49 and 1-44) and also serves US 400.
Q4. Does the RFP also pertain to a CNG dispenser included in a new Truck Stop design that would also sell diesel and gasoline?
A4. Yes; but cost estimates must be limited to eligible equipment and the installation of components required for CNG station operation.
Q5. Can you confirm the specific funding source for this project? DOE? Specific pot of funding/FOA?
A5. US Department of Energy – Award No. DE-EE0008262 to Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc.
Q6. Does MEC have an MBE/WBE goals or requirement?
A6. See RFP Section V.7. Criteria for Evaluation; Applicant Experience and Qualifications. MBE/WBE participation is part of a material scoring criterion, but MEC does not have associated goals or metrics.
Q7. Are there any grants currently available for just tractors in KS?
A7. MEC will consider awarding a proposal that requests split incentives for station install and for vehicle install, provided that the station install is a primary outcome of the proposed activities. This would be an exception bid.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will in future offer incentives under the Environmental Mitigation Trust. Meanwhile, please see our Funding Opportunities web page for incentives currently available in the state of Kansas.
Q8. In terms of the property and land, none of the land has been secured. Is that correct?
A8. That is not correct. Wakeeney has a land owner partnership offer, and the other partnership offers online also have information regarding available sites.
Q9. Will the Dec 5 webinar recording be available afterward?
A9. Yes. See URL https://metroenergy.org/afv-17-rfp/, subhead Reference Docs.
Q10. We have an opportunity to build a station at a different location on US 400. Is that an option?
A10. Yes, US 400 is within the scope of our project. A US 400 site not near Dodge City will score less well but meets general eligibility requirements.
Q11. Would there be a consideration of a site closer to KC for response time (east of Hayes and west of Topeka)?
A11. Yes, I-70 in Kansas is within the scope of our project. An I-70 site not near Wakeeney will score less well but meets general eligibility requirements.
Q12. Would there be a consideration of a site closer to KC for response time north of Kansas City and south of the Iowa border on I-29?
A12. Yes, the I-29/I-49 corridor in Missouri is within the scope of our project. An I-29/I-49 site not near Joplin will score less well but meets general eligibility requirements.
Q13. Is there a travel time requirement for responding to a site down for service?
A13. There are no stipulated requirements built into the RFP; that would be negotiated with MEC and partners, if applicable. Your Station Maintenance Plan will be considered in selection criteria; see below (emphasis added):
- Station Maintenance Plan: The applicant should provide MEC with a written plan for fueling station maintenance. This plan shall include a description of available technical resources, qualifications of personnel who will assist during maintenance events, expected response times, and any specific, foreseen challenges/barriers to maintenance.