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March 20, 2014 in CNG, Fleet Order, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Metropolitan Utilities District to Supply New Trillium CNG Station,
Partners Include the Freightliner Dealer TCC and Operator Werner

Omaha’s Metropolitan Utilities District says it will provide natural gas for a new Trillium CNG fueling station opening late this summer to serve trucks and other fleet vehicles.

Omaha's Metropolitan Utilities District is a vigorous proponent of natiral gas vehicles.

Omaha’s Metropolitan Utilities District is a vigorous proponent of natiral gas vehicles.

The new public station will feature multiple truck lanes and convenient access to Interstate 80, as well as Trillium’s proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier “providing a superior refueling experience that meets the rapidly growing natural gas requirements for heavy-duty fleets,” the District says.

The station, the Omaha area’s third, will include a separate island for light and medium-duty vehicles.

‘An Important Step’

“We see this as an important step in further developing the market for heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and making it a viable option,” District chair Amy Lindsay said in a release.

The new Trillium CNG fueling station in Omaha is to be complemented by Nebraska’s first natural gas-compliant truck dealership and service center, a 15,000-square-foot facility by Truck Center Companies. TCC is a Freightliner dealer with 12 locations in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. The firm recently added an alternative fuels division, TCC Fuel Solutions.

The new Trillium CNG fueling station in Omaha is to be complemented by Nebraska’s first natural gas-compliant truck dealership and service center, a 15,000-square-foot facility by Truck Center Companies. TCC is a Freightliner dealer with 12 locations in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. The firm recently added an alternative fuels division, TCC Fuel Solutions.

Trillium CNG president Mary Boettcher said her firm is “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.”

Omaha’s Werner Enterprises plans to fuel ten new CNG tractors at the new station, the District says, in addition to the two CNG tractors which they have been operating for over a year (F&F, August 10, 2012).

Six Alt Fuel TCC Service Bays

“Strategic investments, like this one,” said Werner senior VP for fleet resources Steve Phillips, “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.”

The District said too that Truck Center Companies, a Freightliner dealer, plans to build Nebraska’s first natural gas-compliant truck dealership and service center adjacent to the new Trillium CNG fueling installation. TCC will provide sales and service of heavy-duty CNG trucks there, as well as conversions of light and medium-duty vehicles. The 15,000 square-foot facility is to 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, the District said, and recently added an alternative fuels division, TCC Fuel Solutions.

$1.99 per GGE

“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. “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.”

One of two CNG-fueled long-haul Kenworth T660s for Omaha's Werner Enterprises with Lincoln  (back-of-cab) and Quantum (side rail) fuel cylinders in Agility assemblies allowing for a total of 165 DGE -- and single-fill range stated as 800 miles!

One of two CNG-fueled long-haul Kenworth T660s for Omaha’s Werner Enterprises that served as a pre-production testbed for the 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine from Cummins Westport.

The District cites a 12-month average CNG price of $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.

The District opened two public CNG stations in 2011 in midtown Omaha. The new one will serve west Omaha and “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.”

The District is taking advantage of $749,500 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to help local partners convert their vehicles to natural gas.


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Metropolitan Utilities District, Mike Corrigan, 402-504-7185; [email protected]; www.mudomaha.com

Trillium CNG, VP Bill Zobel, 760-590-3420; [email protected]

Trillium CNG info, Scott Magnus, 419-517-9972; [email protected]; www.trilliumcng.com

Truck Center Companies, Shain Heiss, 402-598-5180; [email protected]; www.truckcentercompanies.com

Werner Enterprises, VP Dwayne Haug, 402-895-6640; [email protected]

Werner Enterprises, VP Steve Phillips, 402-895-6640, ext 2495; [email protected]

Werner Enterprises info, Fred Thayer, 402-895-6640, ext 2065; [email protected]; www.werner.com

Nebraska Environmental Trust info, Sheila Aikanathan-Johnson, 402-471-1714; [email protected]www.environmentaltrust.org


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Source: Metropolitan Utilities District with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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