The regional partnership formed by the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri received a U$S 33 million grant from the Department of Energy. Nebraska´s plan will be funded with U$S4.8 million.
The Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.) is the regional coordinator for Nebraska and Iowa projects. Doug Clark, vice president of Governmental Affairs and Marketing for M.U.D., said: “By partnering with Metropolitan Community College (MCC), we are reducing the consumption of foreign oil, lowering the cost of fuelling your vehicle by 50 percent and improving the air quality of the metro area. No other readily available fuel offers the benefits of CNG”.
MCC hosted two CNG workshops to convert the Chevrolet Express passenger van to natural gas and to examine general CNG vehicle systems. Students were invited to learn more about the process.
The van is currently being used to transport parts and maintenance equipment among MCC’s seven locations and it is supplied by a small fuelling unit at MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus.