A principal goal of this RFP is to improve the availability of compressed natural gas for transportation by providing fueling capacity at key locations along Kansas highways to 1) complete the Kansas City – Denver leg of the I-70 CNG corridor; 2) extend a US 400 CNG corridor while fulfilling a local fleet need; and 3) fill a gap on the I-49/I-29 corridor in Missouri. By doing so, we hope to ease acceptance and encourage adoption of increased numbers of compressed natural gas vehicles.
1-3 new CNG facilities are intended to provide CNG fueling to both light-duty private vehicles and to all classes of freight trucks up to and including Class 8 tractors. Funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE), that is managed through a grant to Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC), (the “Grant”), will provide up to 45% of total costs toward the purchase of station equipment and installation by the successful applicant.
The anticipated time for selection of the winning Applicant(s) will be mid-November 2019; and all fueling station projects shall be completed on or before September 30, 2020.
MEC has allocated a maximum $1,133,000 in federal funding to support a minimum total project cost of $2,518,000. Applicants may wish to build at 1 site, 2 sites, or all 3. Cost share split is maximum 45% Grant and minimum 55% Applicant (i.e. $45,000 Grant and $55,000 Applicant for a $100,000 project). MEC will divide these funds among all 3 sites.
Request for Proposals
AFV17 RFP Installation of CNG Fueling Stations in Kansas and Missouri
Material Terms & Conditions
- Term 2. Flow Down Requirement
- Terms 15-19 regarding Property, Insurance and Equipment.
Project Page: Accelerating Alternative Fuel Adoptions in Mid-America
Web meeting: Recording
Mark Augustine, Triplett Inc. (owner of preferred Wakeeney site and several retail fuel stations along I-70)
Scott Vazzana, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy has a developed LNG station at a Pilot/Flying J store in Joplin, where they are interested in partnering with a CNG developer for a pipeline gas – fed CNG compressor and storage. They also have LNG stations with similar circumstances along I-70.)
Melissa McCoy, City of Dodge City (has grant funds for CNG refuse haulers in Dodge City but needs fueling partner, preferably a public-access CNG station, such as at the Loves.)
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.