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Wisconsin Clean Cities Hosts Natural Gas Transportation Roundtable

Wisconsin Clean Cities (WCC) Annual Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable was recently held at the CMD CNG Energy Solutions facility in Appleton. More than 60 attendees from throughout the natural gas industry heard presentations from government officials and industry experts on trends and new technologies. Funding opportunities such as the Interstate 94 Michigan to Montana project and the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement mitigation trust were also discussed, with a special emphasis on their use for implementing CNG, LNG, and RNG fuels in a variety of transportation sectors.

“Many transportation leaders understand the environmental benefits of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, but fear the vehicles can’t meet performance or budgetary expectations,” said Wisconsin Clean Cities Executive Director Lorrie Lisek. “That’s why events such as these are so important. Participants can learn from their peers in the industry how natural gas can improve efficiency, save money and provide exceptional performance.”

Along with presentations on funding offered by Maria Redmond, Director, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation, presentation topics included Trash to Treasure – Renewable Natural Gas by Brian Nudelbacher, U.S. GAIN; and Natural Gas Facility Upgrades and Maintenance, presented by Steve Arnold of ET Environmental. What’s Next for Natural Gas – Technology Tends Panel included fleet managers and specialists: Jeff Shefchick, Paper Transport; John Welch, Dane County Public Works; Carl Suhr, Kwik Trip, and Steve Larsen, Ruan Transportation Management Systems.

A variety of natural gas vehicles were on display, including: a 2018 Kenworth Tractor from Contract Transport, 2016 Ford F250 Regular Cab from Dane County Public Works, 2012 Honda Civic GX owned by Maria Redmond, and 2015 Chevrolet Impala from Kwik Trip.

Attendees viewed live fueling demonstrations using the CMD Compact CNG Fueling Station.