Colorado Forging Ahead with Compressed Natural Gas

The Colorado Energy Office will be administering a new four-year program aimed specifically at fortifying the state's network of natural gas refueling stations and complement of natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Funds totaling $30 million from the Federal Highway Administration's Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program will help support the initiative, which the Colorado Energy Office will coordinate with assistance from the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Regional Air Quality Council and local governments.

All told, the program will see the development of up to 30 new compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations, as well as the deployment of at least 1,000 NGVs.

‘These funds are critical to support installation of compressed natural gas fueling stations along the state's major transportation corridors,’ said Gov. John Hickenlooper. ‘These stations will help ensure an NGV owner can drive nearly anywhere across the state fueled by Colorado-produced gas.’

A number of fleets recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Colorado Energy Office to commit to NGV deployments within their organizations. The fleets included the following: the City and County of Denver, thevCity of Grand Junction, the City of Montrose, Denver International Airport, Weld County, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Burgener Trucking, Western Disposal Services, Via Mobility Services and Mile Hi Foods.

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