Fuel operated coolant heaters are being used by many school districts throughout Kansas and Missouri for idle reduction, to ensure buses will start on cold days and contribute to the safety and comfort of students on the bus.  The majority of these heaters use diesel fuel, and until recently, fleets who are moving to alternative fuel sources like Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), had to leave their fuel operated heaters behind.

This has all changed with the introduction of a new CNG coolant heater which delivers the same benefits to fleets switching to cleaner burning natural gas.  The new heater is marketed by Webasto, a company known for their diesel heaters used in the school bus market, sold and installed by Central Power Systems & Services, the K.C. area Webasto master distributor, and designed and produced by Aqua-Hot, a manufacturer of heating systems for high end RVs and coaches.  The new heaters are called Aqua-Hot® Work Ready™ and they live up to their name.

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There are no CNG Training sessions at the present time. However, Clean Cities members do receive $100 off for NGV training. Become a member of your local coalition today! For KC Regional Clean Cities and Central Kansas Clean Cities, click here to join or renew.

As part of a Department of Energy award for Mid-America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels Implementation, Metropolitan Energy Center requests proposals from qualified consulting companies or agencies to create a program designed to provide technical assistance to fleet operators and their host businesses regarding incorporating alternative fuel vehicles. Interested?  Read more

Analyst and contractors should be aware of the new standards for qualified Midwest HPwES Program rebates that are submitted for windows and doors. The attached guidance document will help analyst and contractors understand and know what qualifies as an approved window and door. Click this link for more: HPwES-Window-Door-Guidance-14-02-13

The purpose of this letter is to urge you to support the establishment of a national standard for dispensing CNG and LNG in diesel gallon equivalent units.  Standards adopted by the National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) in 1994 require CNG to be sold in gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE).  That standard has benefited consumers and industry alike because it provides a common unit for comparing the average energy in CNG to the average energy in a gasoline gallon.  It also provides a ready means of informing consumers as to the relative economic cost of natural gas compared to gasoline.  All of the retail pumps used today in the U.S. use the GGE unit for dispensing CNG and all retail stations price CNG in GGE units.  Moreover, many states increasingly are using the GGE as the most appropriate unit for taxing CNG.

The natural gas industry has requested that NCWM adopt a diesel gallon equivalent unit for CNG and LNG that is sold to truckers and other users who typically use diesel fuel.  From the purchaser’s perspective, the pump display and readings would show the number of DGE units dispensed and information would be provided on the pump to show how natural gas is converted to DGE units.  We think that this is the only rational way to offer CNG and LNG when sold to truck operators.  Under the proposal, LNG would only be sold in DGE units since LNG is expected to be used exclusively as a heavy-duty vehicle fuel.  CNG would be dispensed in GGE units at retail outlets serving the general public and would be sold in DGE units on pumps selling to trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.

The need for this action is driven by the fact that there currently is significant national interest in promoting increased use of natural gas in heavy-duty vehicles where diesel fuel has traditionally been used.  The federal government and many state governments currently have in place policies intended to expand the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.  Private firms are investing hundreds of millions of dollars establishing a national network of retail fueling stations to supply this fuel to motor vehicles.  Development of a weights and measures standard for a diesel gallon equivalent of natural gas will complement the effort made 20 years ago to create the GGE standard.

NCWM is currently considering this issue and may vote on it later this summer.  A number of key state weights and measures officials do not support adoption of a DGE unit or the continued use of the GGE unit as the primary methods of selling natural gas.  Instead, these officials support a proposal to require that natural gas be sold in kilograms — despite the fact that there is no industry support for such a standard and no fueling stations currently sell natural gas in kilograms in the U.S.  These state officials say that all fuels should be dispensed in metric units but currently only plan to require this for natural gas.  This proposal is not only discriminatory but will put natural gas at a significant disadvantage to other fuels by creating confusion for consumers who are not used to purchasing motor fuel in mass units let alone kilograms.  This standard will increase the cost of new pumps and it will impose costly retrofit of existing pumps.

For all of these stated reasons, we support adoption of a national DGE standard for CNG and LNG and do not support the alternative approach that would require the use of mass (kilograms or pounds) as the primary unit for selling CNG and LNG. Having to sell in kilograms or pounds as a stand-alone unit or even a secondary unit will cause confusion, unnecessarily increase the cost of retailers providing this fuel to market, and create inequity among fuels.

Thank you in advance for your support.


  1. Write to or contact your state weights and measure official(s) (see link below) to let them know that you support adoption of a DGE standard for CNG and LNG that provides for the use of this standard as the primary method of sale.  https://www.ncwm.net/resource/state-directors-all.
  1. Write the NCWM NGV Steering Committee Chairman Mahesh Albuquerque and request that he provide a copy of your letter or email to the NGV Steering Committee members.  Tell him that you support adoption of a DGE standard for CNG and LNG that provides for the use of this standard as the primary method of sale.  Mahesh Albuquerque (mahesh.albuquerque@state.co.us).

In an effort to streamline the HPwES process, certain program requirements have changed. Read the HPwES-Program-Submittal-Requirements-Guide.

Jan 31, 2014 │1-3pm │Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road Kansas City MO 64110

Come learn more about Clean Cities and alternative fuels and vehicles. We will discuss the upcoming Congestion Mitigation Air Quality(CMAQ) funding:

CMAQ Details*

  • CMAQ RFP should be announced by the end of January 2014.
  • This round of RFP’s will be programming the next 3 years of funding (in the past it has only been 2 years at a time), so this next month is a critical time. There will not be another RFP for another 3 years.
  • CMAQ is one of the easiest funding sources to apply to(in comparison to other federal grants)CMAQ will pay up to 80% of the incremental costs(additional cost of the alt fuel components, historical percentage subject to change)
  • CMAQ can be applied to Infrastructure costs CMAQ is the best(and only) option right now to receive alt fuels funding in our region.
  • Priority counties: Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay and Platte
  • Eligible Entities include Public and Government fleets

*This information is subject to change, please attend this workshop and stay tuned for the actual RFP to be announced for specific details.


  • Midwest Regional Alternative Fuels Project Update (ARRA Grant – 2009-2013)
  • Mid-America Collaborative Update (MAC Grant 2013-14)
  • Mid-America Regional Council and the Congestion Mitigation Air
    • Quality(CMAQ) Program-Amanda Graor, MARC
  • Applying for CMAQ Funding – Sam Swearngin, City of KCMO
    • History of the KCMO CNG Program and utilization of CMAQ funds
    • Walkthrough of CMAQ application process

There is no cost to attend this meeting, but registration is required. REGISTER NOW

Jan 23, 2014 │1-3pm
Wichita, KS

Location: Bank of America Building, 100 N. Broadway

Central Kansas Clean Cities will hold it’s first stakeholder meeting on January 23rd.

Fleet managers, business and civic leaders and other members of the public are invited to attend and should RSVP to David Johnson at david@kcenergy.org.

1:00 Registration
Light refreshments sponsored by Black Hills Energy.
1:30 Program David Johnson – Introduction
Jeff Beasley – VP of Customer Care, Westar
Kelly Gilbert – Metropolitan Energy Center
U.S. DOE Clean Cities / KC Regional Clean Cities
Area Clean Cities Successes
Designation & Membership Benefits
Elsie Eisenbarth – Director of Support Services, Westar Round up: Westar and Clean Cities
3:00 Networking & Tour
Networking & Charging station tour

The MEC, KCKCC and OAI, Inc., partnership was a great success for the 2013/2014 training classes. They are looking forward to new programs that will be offered in the future. We will keep you posted as plans are made.

Thank you for attending the 2013 Annual Reception. The Agents of Change this year are Bill Roush, Dennis Brown and Al Pugsley.