Lincoln Buses the First to Switch to Ethanol-Diesel Blend
In March 2005, Lincoln’s Startran bus system became the first in the nation to switch to an ethanol-diesel fuel blend called O2Diesel. According to the fuel’s manufacturer, black smoke is reduced by 70 percent, particulate matter by 40 percent and carbon monoxide by 26 percent.
The city first began using ethanol blended fuel as part of a four bus pilot effort in 1994. In 2000, O2Diesel was tested in four buses. In February 2005, 56 of the 67 buses began using the ethanol diesel blend. By March, all of the buses were operating on the fuel, except two which run on biodiesel.
O2Diesel generally costs 10 to 20 cents a gallon more than regular diesel, but the increased cost is being paid for by several sponsors: the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Corn Growers and the Nebraska Ethanol Board.
Public Power Association Honors Nebraska Utilities
In April 2005, the American Public Power Association presented a number of awards to utilities across the nation. Among the winners were several in Nebraska.
Electric Utility Safety Awards
These awards are presented based on safe operating practices in 2004, and awarded based on the size of the utility and most incident free records.
Public Power Lineworkers’ Rodeo
City of Curtis — First Place; Less than 15,000 worker hours
- Auburn Board of Public Works — First Place; 30,000-59,999 worker hours
- Nebraska Public Power District — Honorable Mention; More than 4 million worker hours
Teams and individuals in two categories — apprentice and journeyman — compete in areas of safety, work practices, neatness, ability, equipment handling and event completion.
Apprentice — Sidewalk Guy
Tom Goeden, Lincoln Electric System — Third Place
Journeyman — Hurt Man Rescue
Lincoln Electric System — First Place
(Team of Eric Schultz, Rick Hasenpflug and Jeff Cosgrove)