KC to share $15 million grant promoting alternative fuels

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KC to share $15 million grant promoting alternative fuels

Postby jeffreyspeir » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:41 am


The Kansas City Star

Posted on Thu, Aug. 27, 2009
Area to share $15 million grant promoting alternative fuels and vehicles
The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City area is slated to share a $15 million federal grant promoting alternative fuels and vehicles.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the award to the Clean Cities Coalition managed by the Metropolitan Energy Center in Kansas City.

Some details remain to be worked out with the federal agency. The money will go to several projects in Wichita, Omaha and Lincoln in Nebraska, Springfield and the Kansas City area. It is estimated that the projects will displace 548,000 gallons of petroleum.

“We’re very pleased with the impact this will have,” said Kelly Gilbert, Clean Cities Coalition coordinator.

The Kansas City area is expected to get three electric charge stations for the public to refuel electric cars. Two will be built by Kansas City Power & Light and one by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The stations will each be able to charge more than one car.

Two retail stations in Olathe and one in Paola, Kan., will sell E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and gasoline, and B20, a blend of 20 percent vegetable oil or animal fat and diesel.

Some Kansas City area city governments and school districts will receive 168 vehicles, including 16 hybrid electrics, 23 plug-in hybrid electrics and one all-electric vehicle. The rest of the vehicles include two that will use propane, with the balance using natural gas.

The grant was among 25 grants announced by the Department of Energy for projects around the country.

The $300 million for the grants comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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