Midwest Region Alternative Fuels Project
Midwest Region Alternative Fuels Project (ARRA Grant)
The Midwest Region Alternative Fuels Project is managed by MEC for the KC Regional Clean Cities Coalition and its 20 deployment partners. Its goals include:
- Supporting green collar jobs related to alternative fuel vehicle
- Engine and refueling equipment manufacture and service
- Expanding the influence of Clean Cities
- Growing alternative fuel use regionally by connecting new areas of use, especially along
The 4-year project cost is nearing $40 million: approximately $15 million is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and
the balance is being provided by the deployment partners.
MEC and its partners will install 35 alternative fuel stations (both public access and private), supporting local government, commercial fleets and travel corridors, and purchasing 370 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, most of which are replacing gasoline or diesel vehicles and taking them off the road. Our project demonstrates an all-of-the-above strategy for alternative fuels and recognizes appropriate diversity as the key to transitioning to an energy-secure future. The project includes vehicles and refueling infrastructure for compressed natural gas, B20 biodiesel, E85 ethanol, propane autogas, plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles. It will educate fleet managers and the general public about alternative fuel availability, clean air attributes, financial benefits and best practices for deployment. It will provide technical assistance and training to fleet operators and first responders. Additionally, an extensive marketing and public awareness program will help educate the general public about alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology success stories in the Midwest region.