Minnesota continued to build on its growth in fuel choice during 2016, adding more CNG stations, and expanding the use of natural gas as vehicle fuel. With the price of traditional petroleum fuels so low, it is easy to forget that the need and demand for less-polluting fuels is still growing, but Minnesota still looks toward more clean energy sources.
A compressed natural gas station opened in a Lakeville in 2016. It is now possible for CNG-powered buses and trucks to refuel along the entire length of I-94 in Minnesota; newly manufactured CNG-powered buses frequently pass through Minnesota on I-94. The state has 16 public CNG stations. Many Minnesota trash haulers and recyclers are now using CNG, which helps reduce both emissions and noise.
The number of EVs on Minnesota roads continued to grow in 2016. Twin Cities Clean Cities, an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program locally coordinated by the American Lung Association in Minnesota, recently was awarded a $1 million, three-year grant to promote clean vehicles in seven Midwestern states.
Twin Cities Clean Cities is also a sub-awardee of a $4.9 million, three-year Department of Energy grant to promote the use of alternative fuels on I-94 from Moorhead, Minn. to Port Huron, Mich.
Source: Clean Air Choice