In September, the U.S. Department of Energy named Omaha and its 38 area organizations and businesses as the nation's 66th "Clean City."
A "Clean City" is a voluntary, local partnership between industry and government that expands the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuel.
For several years, an informal interest group has worked in greater Omaha to promote and increase the use of electricity, ethanol, natural gas and propane to replace traditional transportation fuels.
This past summer, the Omaha Fire Department received approval to purchase six cars that operate on 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. These vehicles will be the first alternate fuel ones purchased by the city.
In April, business analyst John Herold of Stamford, Connecticut calculated the cost of popular consumer items in comparison to the cost of gasoline and crude oil, at $1.08 a gallon and $15.25 a barrel respectively.