Metropolitan Utilities District and Trillium CNG hold August 27 Grand Opening
Officials at Metropolitan Utilities District and Trillium CNG™ will participate in an August 27 ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony at a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, located in the Hilltop industrial park on the corner of 132nd and Cornhusker Road.
Expected guests include U.S. Congressman Lee Terry, Nebraska State Senator Jeremy Nordquist, Trillium CNG President Mary Boettcher, and Steve Phillips, senior vice-president of Fleet Resources for Werner Enterprises. Werner plans to operate 12 CNG tractors using the new station near their Omaha headquarters.
“This station and more of its kind will help accelerate the commitment our industry has made to clean, affordable, domestically produced energy,” Phillips said. “The increasing availability of CNG will aid Werner in its efforts to serve as a leader in sustainable technologies.”
The CNG station was designed and built by Trillium CNG, a business unit of Integrys Energy Group, Inc (NYSE: TEG), and features Trillium CNG's proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier compressor. Trillium CNG will also operate the facility and provide maintenance service.
This “truck-friendly” public station will be operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will feature multiple truck lanes and convenient access to Interstate 80.
"This state-of-the-art station is one of the largest in the region,” said Mark Doyle, senior-vice president of Metropolitan Utilities District, the facility’s natural gas provider. “For CNG traffic it will serve as a Midwest connection.”
It joins two other public CNG stations that opened in 2011 in midtown Omaha. One is located at I-80 Fuel, 5318 L St., and another at 2615 S. 64th St. The new station, located in Sarpy County, will help develop fleets in west Omaha and nearby metro areas.
“We see this as an important step in further developing the market for light, medium and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and making it a viable option for more area fleets to convert to this clean, affordable, American fuel,” Doyle said.
“We are proud to be working with Metropolitan Utilities District and Werner Enterprises, who both recognize the importance of making CNG available in the Omaha market,” said Mary Boettcher, president of Trillium CNG. “Fleet operators know we stake our reputation on delivering a great fueling experience for our customers – fast, safe and reliable.” Boettcher also added that CNG is America’s new transportation gateway……a new gateway to a less costly, cleaner, domestic transportation fuel.
In 2013, the District was awarded $749,500 in grant funds from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) to help local partners convert their vehicles to natural gas. The “CNG Fleet Fund,” created through that grant, is available to fleets utilizing the Omaha CNG stations.
Benefits of CNG
CNG is lower cost than gasoline:
- Natural gas offers less commodity volatility than petroleum resulting in stable retail fuel prices.
- With gas prices continually on the rise, CNG is a fuel alternative to gasoline, diesel or propane fuel and is available to Omaha businesses and residents.
- CNG prices, on average, have been 40 percent less than gasoline.
- Vehicle sales costs may be higher; however costs can be offset over the life of the vehicle through fuel savings.
- CNG prices have been stable for years. This is valuable for everyone and particularly valuable for businesses to be able to count on consistent pricing.
CNG is a cleaner-burning fuel that produces significantly less emissions than gasoline or diesel fuel. Replacing a typical older in-use vehicle with a new natural gas vehicle provides the following reductions in exhaust emissions:
- Carbon monoxide (CO) up to 90 percent
- Non-methane organic gas (NMOG) by 50 to 75 percent
- Nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 75 to 95 percent
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) up to 25 percent
About Metropolitan Utilities District
Metropolitan Utilities District serves approximately 221,000 natural gas customers in the Omaha metropolitan area. We are a public utility and proud to be customer-owned. As the fifth largest public gas utility in the United States, we provide a product and service at rates that are among the lowest in the nation. We also provide safe drinking water to more than 205,000 customers in Omaha and surrounding communities. Visit www.mudomaha.com for more information.
About Trillium CNG
Trillium CNG is a leading provider of CNG to fleets and offers complete facility design, construction, operation and maintenance services. The company focus is on providing fueling assistance to heavy-duty fleets that require high performance solutions. For more information, visit www.trilliumcng.com. Follow Trillium CNG on Twitter and on LinkedIn
About Werner Enterprises
Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha and maintains offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the U. S., with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated; medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van; expedited; temperature-controlled; and flatbed services.
About Nebraska Environmental Trust
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $213 million in grants to over 1,600 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.