Accelerating Alternative Fuel Adoption in Mid-America is designed to increase use of alternative fuel in Kansas and western Missouri by the following approaches: 1) expanding infrastructure along key highways, most notably by closing the CNG fueling gap on I-70 between Denver and Kansas City, completing this leg of the AFV Corridor; 2) partnering with each local community where infrastructure investment takes place under the terms of this grant to educate, promote alternative fuels, and create a replicable grass-roots model to expand clean-fuel markets; 3) assisting local communities in first-time alternative fuel adoption and to assist organizations working to expand existing alternative fuel fleets.
Workshops and Fleet Resources
Fleets are welcome to participate in our workshops after the fact. Below are a survey that will help Metropolitan Energy Center create new deployment guides and resources for fleets who are planning for new alternative fuel deployments; as well as some presentations from our events.
Grain Valley School District
- New propane autogas fueling station to fuel its brand-new propane bus program (completed 2018)
- Autogas Answers Workshop (tbd Oct 2020): Stay tuned!
- Case Study (Sept 2019): Case Study: School District’s Propane Buses Go Beyond Cost Savings
- Propane Workshop (Apr 2019): Autogas Workshop Offers Insight to Local School Bus Fleet Operators
Kansas City International Airport
- New electric charging stations to charge their brand-new electric buses (completed 2017)
- New electric buses, adding 4 to growing fleet (in progress)
- Electrify Workshop: KCI Presents: Electrify
Highway Alt Fuel Corridors
- Currently accepting project proposals for CNG fueling infrastructure in Kansas or Missouri on I-70, I-35, US-400 (Dodge City KS area), I-44 (Springfield MO area). Contact David Albrecht, Clean Cities coordinator, to set up an interview.
Municipal Fleet Deployments
- New CNG pickups and work trucks for operations in El Dorado, Kansas (completed 2018)
- New CNG refuse haulers in Garden City, Kansas (first truck deployed in 2019; ongoing)
- New electric vehicle pool cars and updated CNG work trucks in Kansas City, Missouri (ongoing)
Planned Project List
- CNG and Biodiesel Corridors
- CNG at WaKeeney or Goodland, KS, truck stop (I-70)
- Biodiesel at 24/7 Truck Stop in Salina, KS, with deliveries to four other 24/7 diesel retail facilities in the state.
- AFV Fleet Expansion
- 10 HD CNG Trucks, City of El Dorado, KS
- 10 EV sedans and 26 HD CNG Trucks, City of Kansas City, MO
- 10 EV Shuttle Buses and DCFC, Kansas City Missouri Aviation Department
- New AFV Fleets and Fueling
- Propane Fueling (for new propane school bus program), Grain Valley MO R-5 Schools
- Biodiesel Blending for campus use, University of Kansas Biodiesel Initiative, Lawrence, KS
- 5 CNG refuse trucks, City of Garden City, KS
Projected Minimum Outcomes
|Annual reductions in GHG emissions by Year Three||1,645 Metric Tons|
|Cumulative reductions in GHG emissions by Year Three||3,377 Metric Tons|
|Annual reductions in petroleum by Year Three||20,715 Barrels|
|Cumulative reductions in petroleum use by Year Three||43,675 Barrels|
|Annual reductions in fuel costs (conservative) by Year Three||$435,353|
|Cumulative reductions in fuel costs (conservative) by Year Three||$888,615|
Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc. (MEC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a 34-year history of transforming energy use in mid-America. For 20 years, MEC and Kansas City Regional Clean Cities have led projects to improve the environmental impacts of regional fleets. MEC has secured and successfully managed nearly $40 million in federal and local funds for clean vehicles, fuel stations, and advanced fuel projects in partnerships in four states (MO, KS, NE, IA). These include the deployment of hundreds of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, and installation of dozens of alternative fuel and electric charging stations.
This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Program under Award Number DE-EE0008262.