New Trillium CNG Station to Open This Summer in Omaha, Neb.
OMAHA, March 19, 2014 — Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.) will provide natural gas to a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at 132nd and Cornhusker Road in Omaha, Nebraska opening this summer to serve trucks and other fleet vehicles.
This “truck-friendly” public station will feature multiple truck lanes, convenient access to Interstate 80. The station features Trillium CNG’s proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier providing a superior refueling experience that meets the rapidly growing natural gas requirements for heavy-duty fleets. It will also include a separate island for light and medium-duty vehicles. The station will be owned and operated by Trillium CNG™, a leading provider of compressed natural gas fueling services as well as a single-source provider of CNG fueling facility design, construction, operation and maintenance. The facility is expected to be operational by late summer 2014.
“We are excited to work with strong local partners to bring a third natural gas fueling station to the metro region,” said M.U.D. Board Chairperson Amy Lindsay. “We see this as an important step in further developing the market for heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and making it a viable option for more area fleets to convert to this clean, affordable, American fuel.”
“Trillium CNG is pleased to be partnering with Metropolitan Utilities District” said Mary Boettcher, Trillium CNG president. “We support M.U.D. and are committed to making fast-fill CNG readily available to Class 8 fleets across the country. Natural gas is the right fuel choice today because it offers less commodity volatility than petroleum resulting in stable retail fuel prices. By the end of 2014, Trillium will be operating over 100 CNG stations in the U.S. with over half of them having public access.”
Werner Enterprises plans to operate 10 new CNG tractors using the new station near their Omaha headquarters, in addition to the two CNG tractors which they have been operating for over a year. Werner Enterprises is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States and has a strong reputation as a technology leader in the industry. Other area fleets have committed to deploying additional vehicles.
“Strategic investments, like this one from M.U.D., play an essential role in the expansion of natural gas fleets. It is our goal as a trucking and logistics company to continue to explore natural gas technologies, and access to more CNG stations will help propel us as an industry toward the future of natural gas equipment,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice-president of Fleet Resources for Werner Enterprises.
Adjacent to the new station, Truck Center Companies (TCC) plans to build Nebraska’s first natural gas-compliant truck dealership and service center which will provide sales and service of heavy-duty CNG trucks as well as conversions of light and medium-duty vehicles. The 15,000 square-foot facility will include six service bays available to commercial and non-commercial alternative-fueled vehicles. Truck Center Companies is one of the largest Freightliner dealers in the U.S. with 12 locations in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. TCC recently added an alternative fuels division, TCC Fuel Solutions, to provide products and service to fleets adopting alternative fuel vehicles.
“Vehicle options, parts and service solutions are an important consideration for natural gas fleets and Truck Center Companies is excited to play that role in the Omaha area,” said TCC President Trey Mytty. “Working with these great partners, we intend to provide fleets with opportunities to capitalize on significant fuel savings, cleaner emissions and overall efficiency of fleet operations, contributing to a ‘greener’ bottom line.”
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 NGV provides the following reductions in exhaust emissions.
• Carbon monoxide (CO) by 70 to 90 percent
• Non-methane organic gas (NMOG) by 50 to 75 percent
• Nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 75 to 95 percent
• Carbon dioxide (CO2) by 20 to 30 percent
CNG is also less expensive than petroleum fuels. For example, the District’s 12-month average CNG rate is $1.99 per gasoline gallon equivalent compared to the average diesel price of $3.80 a gallon, and the average unleaded gasoline price of $3.47 a gallon. These fuel cost savings translate into significant savings over the life of a vehicle.
M.U.D. opened two public CNG stations in 2011 in midtown Omaha. One is located at I-80 Fuel, 5318 L St., and another north of the District’s construction center at 2615 S. 64th St. The location of the new station will help develop fleets in west Omaha and nearby metro areas. It will add a strategic link for the I-80 and I-29 corridors that significantly improves availability in the growing regional and national network of CNG stations.
In 2013, M.U.D 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.
About Metropolitan Utilities District
M.U.D. serves approximately 219,000 natural gas customers in the Omaha, Nebraska metropolitan area. We are a public utility and proud to be customer-owned. The District is governed by a board of seven directors, elected by our customer-owners. 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 203,000 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 also offers complete facility design, construction, operation and maintenance services. Our focus is on fueling heavy-duty fleets that require high performance solutions. For more information, visit the Trillium Homepage. Follow Trillium CNG on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.
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 Truck Center Companies
Family-owned Truck Center Companies is one of America’s largest Freightliner dealers. Founded in 1975, the Omaha- based dealership is located in eight cities in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.
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.