Mid-America Collaborative for Alternative Fuels Implementation
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 four initiatives described below for the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
Fleet and Stakeholder Knowledge Assessments
- 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. Click here for the Surveys.
Best Practices Peer Exchange Webinar Series
- Fleet Professionals share 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.
Incorporating Alternative Fuels into Air Quality Planning
- Our Air Quality page outlines new resources available to local and state governments interested in incorporating alternative fuels into air quality planning.
AFV Codes Toolbox
- 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.
Green Fleets Technical Assistance
- 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.
Safety and Training:
- Disseminate First Responder Safety Trainings to emergency response professionals, and increase regional capacity for technical training by hosting Train-the-Trainer Courses at area technical centers. Learn more about these initiatives here.
Fuel Retailer Education
- A well-informed retailer base is just as important as a well-informed consumer base. Find out more about the resources available for retail alternative fuel market development in the four state area.
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 here.
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