Wisconsin Clean Cities Newsletter: January  2017
In This Issue:
Annual Survey
Dane Co. RFP
Public Service RFP
Funding Annoucement
Penske Project
Featured Member
Become a Member
Funding Opportunities

For funding opportunities be sure to visit our member center for more details.

Upcoming Events
Energy Independence Summit
February 12-15, 2017
Washington, DC

SSCC Annual Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
Michigan City, IN

NTEA Work Truck Show/Green Truck Summit
March 15-17, 2017
Indianapolis, IN

Green Drive$ 
Conference & Expo
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Naperville, IL

ACT Expo
May 1-4, 2017
Long Beach, CA

3rd Annual Clean 
Air Golf Outing
Thursday June 15, 2017
Fond du Lac, WI

Annual Survey

Thank You to Our Members





New Members
Alliant Energy
ADK GreenTech

Proud Affiliate of SmartWay Program

Welcome to 2017
We hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year! This year is going to be a great year filled with new opportunities! 

While you are reflecting on all of the great things from 2016, be sure to make a few New Year's resolutions for 2017! Below you will find two great articles on how you can make small changes every day to cut your carbon footprint, save money and live a healthier, more sustainable life. 

Did you know e very year, the oil used to produce plastic water bottles in the U.S. alone is enough to fuel about  1,000,000 cars ?

#10 is something everyone can do!
Annual Survey
We are collecting information from 2016 based on your fleet's alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, idle reduction efforts, alternative fuel station openings and fuel economy improvements. Please take a moment to fill out the survey based on your fleet. By doing so, you'll help us track all of the alternative fuel usage, locations and vehicles in Wisconsin.

Each year, WCC collects data from stakeholders and produces a coalition report. The report reflects all the outstanding work taking place in Wisconsin and can be used to promote our coalition and our great state. Plus, our a nnual stakeholder awards are awarded based on the data collected from this survey!

You may complete the survey  online  using a Gmail account or complete and return your survey via Excel spreadsheet.  Please return to Courtney Long  courtney.long@wicleancities.org

Anyone can submit a report! 
If you are not the appropriate contact, please forward this email to the best person to complete this survey. We also encourage you to forward this email to other organizations that have taken steps to utilize alternative fuels and efficiency technologies. If you have any questions or comments please contact Courtney Long at 414-221-44887 or  courtney.long@wicleancities.org .

Surveys must be completed no later than Friday, February 24, 2017 to ensure timely reporting to the U.S. Department of Energy. 
Dane County RFP for Biogas Cleaning Equipment
Dane County is inviting proposals for fabrication, delivery, installation, and start-up of a biogas cleaning system at the Dane County Landfill Site #2 for converting landfill gas into high BTU biomethane. Only firms with capabilities, experience & expertise with similar projects should obtain this request for proposal document & submit proposals.
The request for proposals packet may be obtained after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by downloading it from countyofdane.com/pwbids. Please contact John Welch, Project Manager, at 608-516-4154 or Welch@countyofdane.com, or Dane County main office at 608-266-4018, for any questions or additional information.  
Integrated Anaerobic Digester System Program
The State of Wisconsin is exploring innovation in manure management that includes approaches to add efficiency to solids and liquids handling, decrease agricultural wastewater volumes, reduce hauling costs, improve the agricultural benefits of the materials that are land applied, address pathogens, and maximize the renewable energy benefits of anaerobic digesters. A successful proposal will involve the creation of a consortium of parties using contractual means to build, operate and maintain a system that includes renewable energy production, water treatment, pathogen reductions, and transport of manure to and from a centralized location, among other innovations suggested by applicants. 

Project Timeline
Proposals will be due May 1, 2017 by 5 p.m. CST and selection will be made in the summer. Please visit the events page for  information on seminars and other events for the project and RFP.

Contact Information
Please contact  OEI@wisconsin.gov with any questions you may have about your proposal or the RFP process. Please note that any question submitted will be posted to the  Frequently Asked Questions page and made available to the public. For more information about the RFP please visit  http://psc.wi.gov/biogas/rfp.htm.

Funding Announcement
On December 22, the Energy Department (DOE) announced $18 million in support of five projects for research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

Public investment in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems will improve our nation's energy security, support energy independence, reduce transportation emissions, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness. The projects selected today will accelerate the development and adoption of alternative fuel technologies, and support pioneering deployments of market-ready vehicles and alternative fuels.

Gas Technology Institute (Des Plaines, IL) will receive $4.9 million to deploy multi-fuel stations (including electric vehicle charging stations, compressed natural gas, biofuels, and propane stations) and alternative fuel vehicles (including electric drive) along I-94 from Port Huron, Michigan to the North Dakota border.  Wisconsin Clean Cities is proud to be a partner on this project and additional details will be announced  soon! 

Additional, Wisconsin Clean Cities member, Odyne Systems, LLC (Pewaukee, WI) will receive $2.9 million to develop and demonstrate plug-in hybrid work trucks (Class 7) that reduce fuel consumption by more than 50 percent and eliminate fuel consumption during stationary operations.

Others who have received funding are Blue Bird Body Company (Fort Valley, GA), Blossman Services (Swannanoa, NC), and PacifiCorp (Portland, OR). 
Penske Truck Project
Penske Leasing Alternative Fuel Vehicles
I n partnership with the US Department of Energy, Penske will deploy a targeted multi-alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) demonstration that will allow new drivers and fleets to "try out" cost-effective and clean-burning AFVs via Penske's rental services for 1-30 days at no  cost difference than a traditional rental. The vehicles incorporated may include the following:
  • Heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles
  • Medium-duty propane vehicles
If you operate a fleet in Wisconsin and are interested in learning more about in this opportunity, please contact our office and  we can provide additional information, including : fact sheets, presentations, equipment specification sheets, and an equipment operating and fueling brochure. 

For more information please visit our website or give our office a call 414-221-4487.
Featured Member
Truck Country
Tracing its roots back to a one-truck milk hauling operation in Southwestern Wisconsin in the early 1950s, today Truck Country has blossomed into the leading Freightliner truck dealer in the U.S. 

Truck Country is the largest Freightliner dealer group in the country, serving customers at 23 Midwestern locations, including at 10 convenient locations in  Wisconsin. With nearly 60 years of experience, Truck Country offers new and used medium- and heavy-duty trucks, expert service and extensive parts inventory. 

Truck Country has long been a proponent of clean energy, both actively marketing and providing maintenance service for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. 

Better for the environment, near-zero-emission Freightliner natural-gas-powered trucks are among the cleanest trucks on the road, featuring Cummins Westport engines with greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions of up to 20 percent versus comparable diesel engines. On average, natural gas engines run 10 decibels quieter than a comparable diesel engine. 

Maintenance service is available for natural-gas-powered trucks at all of Truck Country's Wisconsin locations, with Cummins CNG-certified technicians at all facilities. 

Reducing carbon emissions and improving fuel efficiency is key to the ongoing sustainability of the trucking industry. Freightliner has long been an industry leader in enhancing fuel efficiency in diesel-powered trucks. 

With improvements in aerodynamic features and powertrain design, Freightliner is releasing its new Cascadia this year, which boasts an eight-percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous generation model. 

To learn more visit their website  or c ontact: 
Dan Armstrong
Become a Member 
Your membership will allow us to continue to strive for
reduced petroleum consumption, clean air, and an improved quality of life. Along with helping support many projects we are currently working on throughout Wisconsin, your membership would also include several  benefits:
  • Information on upcoming grants that will allow your company to save money on infrastructure, vehicles, or fuel, as well as information about projects and the latest alternative fuels news
  • Support for grant preparation or assistance
  • A representative from your company may serve on our Board of Directors and supporting committees
  • Access to Wisconsin Clean Cities events, which include seminars, meetings, and conferences
  • Networking opportunities with fleets and industry partners
  • Technical training, workshops, and webinars
  • Individual consultation and technical assistance
  • Public recognition for progress in reducing petroleum consumption and assistance with media outreach.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member!

Thank you for reading the January 2017 edition of Wisconsin Clean Cities newsletter. Be sure to follow our social media pages to stay up-to-date with our latest  events and topics in the alternative fuel and green industry!

Members are also encouraged to share their recent accomplishments, upcoming events or other current news in our monthly newsletters and on our website. Please  email Courtney Long with any information you would like included. Let us know how we can better serve you and your team!


Wisconsin Clean Cities Team