This project is designed to increase the use of alternative fuels in Kansas & western Missouri by: 1) expand fueling infrastructure along key highways; 2) partner with local communities where infrastructure investments take place under the grant to educate, promote alternative fuels, and create a replicable grassroots model to expand clean-fuel markets; 3) assist local communities in first-time alternative fuel adoption and organizations working to expand existing alternative fuel fleets. Learn more.
MEC’s projects are something I looked forward to. You guys really had to navigate sometimes but you never shied away from it. You were the grunt work and we were just the pathway to make it all “go”. I do hope MEC continues to “go”, too. I’m sure it will with y’all at the helm.
Danielle Wells patiently held our hands and dealt with our many questions and concerns when entering data for the Benchmarking project. She went above and beyond the call of duty with her Customer Service skills. Ms. Vickie was also very helpful and very joyful to talk to. You have an amazing team and we look forward to working with your team again next year!
In my opinion, your process was way easier…It’s our go-to contract. We get GROOVY prices.
[on MEC’s consulting services, as City of Kansas City Fleet Administrator]
I just wanted to share my appreciation the March 31, 2022, training class. It was well presented and helped us provide the usage information needed for timely submitting the 2021 benchmarking this year.
This project funds activities of the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities coalition. We develop plans for alternative fuel corridors, maintain a working group on electric charging corridors, supplement Mid-America Green Fleets work, help stakeholders access project funding, conduct outreach and education for fleets and consumer groups, and more. All this with a focus on advancing the adoption of clean fuel alternatives in Kansas and Missouri. The data captured is shared with the national program to help Congress understand the beneficial impacts of this investment in clean air and public health. Learn more or contact co-coordinators David Albrecht or Darrien Buford.
MEC manages funds for several Diesel Emission Reduction projects supported by EPA’s Clean Diesel program . These projects help us achieve significant reductions in emissions produced by diesel engines, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing freight-related facilities in areas with poor air quality. Funding supports replacement of diesel engines or vehicles and other projects (such as truck stop electrification) to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions. Learn more or contact David Albrecht.
MEC has established Electrify Heartland, with state initiatives Electrify Kansas and (with St. Louis Clean Cities) Drive Electric Missouri. We are working with individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships, and others to remove adoption barriers and transform the electrification sector in our region. DRIVE Electric USA is a 14-state initiative with the goal of significantly advancing electric vehicles (EV). Each state has its unique branding, planning, challenges, and goals for the project.
This project will reduce diesel fumes in the air we breathe by supporting EV purchases, charging station installations, and outreach efforts to notify communities of these resources. The funds will also help small businesses and rural cities accelerate their transition to electric vehicles in Missouri and Kansas.
Launched in March 2022: A $5.2 million award to install electric vehicle (EV) and charging station projects, funded by U.S. Dept of Energy. Learn more.
Four all-electric terminal trucks are deployed and sharing operating data with MEC. Manufactured by Orange EV in Riverside, MO, an all-electric demo truck is also available to interested fleets across the U.S. at no cost, except a shipping fee of $500. MEC will create a deployment guide based on the real-world experiences of project participants, so fleets across the country can access reliable data in support of cleaner, more efficient freight handling. Learn more.
This project increased the capacity of our Energy Solutions Hub to staff a benchmarking help desk, assistance residents and building managers with energy efficiency and building performance resources, help policymakers understand and adopt the newest building energy codes, deep dive into healthy housing issues, and more. For Benchmarking assistance, contact the Benchmarking Help Desk.
Funding provided by a grant from U.S. Department of Energy, via the City of Kansas City, MO. Visit Energy Solutions Hub web pages.
As vehicle electrification becomes more prominent across the U.S., there is a growing need for practical information on electric vehicle (EV) performance. With the help of the EV WATTS project, agreements with EV fleets, personal EV users, and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), MEC will use real-world data to guide future research, development, and deployment of EV’s. Learn more.
With Argentine Betterment Corporation, Armourdale Renewal Association, and the J Gordon Community Development Corp., MEC will host KC Urban Heat Community Workshops in two Kansas City, KS neighborhoods. For many families living in the Midwest, hot, humid summer months entail pool parties, visits to the ice cream shop, and cranking up the air conditioner to escape the unbearable summer heat. Unfortunately, summer months often look and feel vastly different for neighborhoods in another part of town, even a few streets over, and especially in dense urban areas. Participants will help create neighborhood heat action plans based on specific and unique needs of each neighborhood. Learn more and get involved.
Our Streetlight Charging in the City Right-of-Way pilot project will install limited electric vehicle (EV) charging on the Kansas City, MO, streetlight system to demonstrate and test the benefits of curbside charging for plug-in electric vehicles at existing on-street parking locations. This 3-year project will engage the community in a collaborative effort to identify and evaluate the benefits and impacts of streetlight charging and use findings to streamline future efforts to support a diverse array of EV drivers. Learn more or email Electrify Heartland staff.
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