The Mid-America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels Implementation endorses a multi-pronged approach where appropriate fuel diversity creates an energy secure future. We aim to eliminate obstacles to adoption of vehicles and infrastructure using natural gas, B20 biodiesel, E85 ethanol, propane autogas, electricity, and hybrid electric technologies, and thus reduce our dependence of foreign oil and improve long-term air quality benefits. The Collaborative addressed the initiatives described below for the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
- Getting the lay of the land was important before we undertook other projects. See results of two distinct surveys, one for fleets and another for all our stakeholders, that helped guide our work.
- Fleet Professionals shared best practices for the procurement and deployment of alternative fuels in the Best Practices Exchange Webinar Series. Watch the recorded webinars to learn more about how to incorporate alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles in your fleet.
- Our Air Quality page outlines new resources available to local and state governments interested in incorporating alternative fuels into air quality planning.
- The Collaborative hosted the Codes Conference and Exchange where inspectors, fire and other codes officials were exposed to the most up-to-date pertinent information on alternative fuel trends, codes and best practices.
- Mid-America Green Fleets technical assistance is a program to reduce dependence on foreign oil. The Mid-America Green Fleets program provides a suite of petroleum reduction strategic consulting services to assist fleets in making decisions to cut petroleum usage, emissions, and fuel costs.
- Through our First Responder Safety Training program we delivered alternative fuel safety training to fire departments in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. This program created the groundwork that led to development of the SAF-D project.
- MEC developed two important resources to further fuel retailer education: the Mid-America Alternative Fuels Corridor Study and the Mid-America Fleet Assessment Report.
This project cultivated already strong, mutually beneficial partnerships among public and private stakeholders in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure development, including manufacturers, dealers, public and private fleets, Clean Cities, industry trade groups, metropolitan planning agencies, state and local government, and local and industry training institutions. Read the project summary.
Metropolitan Energy Center, a 501(c)3 based in Kansas City, serves as the lead in this U.S. Department of Energy funded project. MEC provides staffing and administration for the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition.
The Mid-America Collaborative is the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition, Nebraska Clean Cities Coalition, St. Louis Regional Clean Cities and the Iowa Clean Cities Coalition. The project is funded by U.S. DOE Award #DE-EE0006009.
Metropolitan Energy Center Staff