M.U.D. and partners celebrate 99 cent CNG fuel for Earth Day
Drivers of natural gas fueled vehicles can fill up their gas tanks for 99 cents a gallon on Earth Day, at I-80 Fuel, 5318 L St.
To raise awareness of the event, officials from Metropolitan Utilities District, the City of Omaha, the Douglas County Board, Metropolitan Community College and State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist will hold a press conference at the station, Friday, April 20, starting at 1 p.m. A variety of natural gas vehicles will be on display.
“We’re excited to celebrate the environmental and economic benefits of CNG as a transportation fuel leading up to this Earth Day weekend,” said Mike McGowan, chair of M.U.D.’s board. “This also is a great opportunity to update the public about the development of the CNG market in the Omaha metro area with our public and private partners.”
Most recently, the Douglas County Board passed a resolution to add several CNG sedans and a service van to its fleet as part of a pilot project.
“Just like our other ‘energy smart’ projects, moving our fleet to CNG hits all the marks for sustaining a strong energy future,” said Douglas County Commissioner Pam Tusa. “Ultimately, Douglas County will improve air quality, reduce our reliance on foreign oil, and save taxpayer dollars in the process.”
CNG is receiving significant adoption in other areas of the U.S. and many private delivery fleets are publicizing their use of alternative fuels as a means to generate more business.
“As more individuals and businesses look to alternative sources of energy, natural gas makes sense. It is clean, abundant and American,” said Dave Friend, M.U.D. Board of Directors.“We believe CNG will become a mainstream option for the average consumer as a great way to reduce their transportation costs in the household budget.”
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