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Kwik Trip Expands Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure in the Midwest (Text Version)

This is a text version of the Kwik Trip Expands Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure in the Midwest video.

DENNIS SMITH: The best way to understand how these new fuels and technologies work and the kinds of savings and benefits they offer is to actually hear from people and fleets that are already using them. So let's take a look at some Clean Cities real-world examples of how natural gas is making a difference in towns and communities across the country.

DAVE GARDY: Hi, I'm Dave Gardy for Clean Cities TV, the educational Internet TV channel of the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. CCTV features videos about projects from Clean Cities coalitions around the country like this one involving Wisconsin Clean Cities.

Kwik Trip, Inc., a gold member of Wisconsin Clean Cities southeast area, as well currently holding a board of directors seat, is committed to advancing compressed natural gas as a transportation fuel in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Kwik Trip is one of the largest convenience store chains in the upper Midwest. Headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, it operates more than 400 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Its newest endeavor is supplying natural gas and other alternate fuels. Kwik Trip plans to expand availability of natural gas through its current network of stores as well as building new locations. This will allow Kwik Trip to provide the best and most functional natural gas vehicle fueling infrastructure possible.

On February 6, Kwik Trip held a grand opening of the company's latest compressed natural gas station in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Bryan Olson, Sheboygan County shop superintendent, commented on Kwik Trip's contribution to area CNG users.

BRYAN OLSON: I also asked trucking companies and other organizations who are investing in CNG, "Where are you going to fill up?" A couple of conversations led right to Kwik Trip. Right after, I soon met with the officials from Kwik Trip who work here with the compressed natural gas. I realized that not only are they providing the infrastructure for everyone here in the State of Wisconsin and the Midwest, but they are also providing it for their own fleet.

DAVE GARDY: City of Sheboygan Mayor Terry Van Akkeren commented on the value of the added natural gas infrastructure for the region.

TERRY VAN AKKEREN: What a great day to be out here and thank Kwik Trip for choosing Sheboygan to have the natural gas site for us. We too at the city are looking at replacing our garbage fleet in the next year. It's a two- or three-year process, and this gives us an opportunity to look at this as an alternative for us to use. But it's not just for the taxpayers here in the City of Sheboygan. It's for all the fleets, and all the trucking firms that come from Sheboygan now will have that opportunity and that option of being able to use the natural gas vehicles.

For the City of Sheboygan, for the State of Wisconsin and even for the nation, to be moving away from—getting away from oil-based fuels and be more reliant on our own energy is something that we can all be proud of. And I want to thank Kwik Trip and their organization for choosing Sheboygan and making this a hub for this type of new, innovative fuel.

DAVE GARDY: The Sheboygan station adds to Kwik Trip's existing natural gas fueling stations in Sturtevant, Wisconsin; Rochester, Minnesota; Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Minnesota City, Minnesota; Owatonna, Minnesota; Pewaukee, Wisconsin; and two in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Kwik Trip plans to add 8 to 10 more CNG stations in the spring of 2013.

Joel Hirschboeck, Kwik Trip alternative fuels superintendent, shared his company's plans to increase the natural gas infrastructure in the tri-state area.

JOEL HIRSCHBOECK: What Sheboygan here and natural gas and CNG represents is a dot on the map. It's the beginning of the framework to a functional infrastructure. As we go forward and continue to build upon that framework, we will continue to add stores as we move forward into the spring and summer seasons. Look forward to CNG locations in areas like Oshkosh, again, Appleton, Lake Mills, Verona, around the Madison area; Mauston, Wisconsin; Baldwin; Eagan, Minnesota; St. Michaels; Mankato; Cedar Falls, Iowa; Albert Lea; and Janesville—just to name a few.

As we continue to build on that functional infrastructure, we're providing a network on the major markets in the area—on the major corridors that fleets, operators, and commuters—customers like yourselves—can utilize CNG to not only reduce costs in your businesses but also again support the local economies—support the U.S. economy through a domestic fuel source—and providing a green alternative as well.

DAVE GARDY: The company's plans to expand availability through its current network of stores and its new locations will allow Kwik Trip to provide the best and most functional natural gas vehicle fueling infrastructure possible. This is another success story for Clean Cities coalitions and their partners. Check back again at Clean Cities TV to find out how other coalitions around the country are accomplishing their goals. I'm Dave Gardy for Clean Cities TV.