Western Slope CNG Collaborative

Western Slope Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Network

NEWS: Colorado awards grant for
Glenwood Springs CNG station

Eight new CNG stations funded under new grant program

The Colorado Energy Office has awarded grants to fund eight new compressed natural gas fueling stations, including a grant to Trillium CNG for a station at the Shell West Mart in Glenwood Springs.

Trillium CNG will use the state grant award of $440,000, along with a $100,000 grant from Garfield County and the City of Glenwood Springs, to offset some of the costs for the $1 million fueling station.

One of two pumps on the outer fueling island at the Shell station will become a 24/7 CNG dispenser. The compressor equipment and pressurized storage tank will be installed on a vacant lot just west of the station, in a configuration that would allow for future expansion.

CLEER Energy Coach Matt Shmigelsky brought seven local fleets to the table to sign pledges to replace existing fleet vehicles with CNG models and purchase fuel from the new station. These include the Shell station’s own fleet of two heavy-duty gasoline tankers. They are expected to save at $1 or more per gallon-equivalent on the cleaner-burning, Colorado-produced fuel.

The station is expected to be installed and running by summer 2015. Trillium CNG also installed and maintains the CNG fueling facility used by RFTA for its fleet of 22 CNG-powered BRT buses.

Other grants were awarded to Ward Alternative Energy for stations in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland, to 4CNG for a station in Commerce City, to Colorado Springs Utilities for a station in that city, and to Sparq Natural Gas for stations in Pueblo and Trinidad.

The awards were for Round 1 of the Colorado Energy Office’s $15 million Alt Fuels Colorado grant program, which will continue through 2017 with twice-yearly rounds of station funding awards.

Station funding is one part of a group of incentives offered to commercial and government fleets to buy down the cost of CNG-powered vehicles and help pay for fueling stations.

Refuel Colorado Fleets program, also managed by CLEER, is providing free fleet energy coaching in 14 counties through the end of 2014 to help fleet managers make wise choices in adopting alternative fuels, including CNG, propane and electric.

Read coverage of the grant award in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.


Western Slope CNG Collaborative

Mission: Working for transportation fuel options in Western Colorado

The Western Slope Compressed Natural Gas Network works to accelerate adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel in western Colorado.

The group's goals are to create economic development by developing local jobs in the CNG industry, to keep more dollars in the local economy by sourcing CNG vehicle services and fuel locally, and to increase regional and national energy security by reducing foreign oil imports.

The group's mission statement is: Economic Development, Environmental Awareness, Energy Security: local jobs, local fuels, local conversions.

This group meets each month to bring together businesses, governments and private citizens, and works to overcome barriers to use of CNG.

Projects range from assisting fleets in understanding CNG vehicles, connecting interested fleets to dealers of CNG vehicles and CNG conversion kits for existing vehicles, and driving down the price of CNG.

The Network was founded by CLEER as a program of Garfield Clean Energy. In 2012 and 2013, the work of the Collaborative was funded by Encana Natural Gas Inc. For 2015, the project is funded by Garfield County.

For more information contact CLEER's vehicle energy team leader:

Mike Ogburn: mogburn (at) cleanenergyeconomy.net or 970-704-9200

CNG is just one of many steps to reduce the petroleum usage of vehicles. To learn about GCE's overall vehicle efficiency program and see recommendations go here.

To learn about personal vehicle efficiency, click here.

Conference call meetings

The Western Slope CNG Network meets from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. This is a conference call meeting. Anyone with an interest in CNG is welcome to phone in and attend.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Topics

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Federal legislation on alternative fuels taxes, with Sean Babington, Senior Policy Advisor for Natural Resources for Sen. Bennet. (Note: Sen. Bennet will be on the call if the Senate schedule allows.)

Wes Maurer, Colorado Energy Office, on the Refuel Colorado Fleets program extension and Round II of the Alt Fuels Colorado CNG fueling station grant cycle.

Grier Bailey, Colorado-Wyoming Petroleum Marketers' Association, and Cabell Hodge, Colorado Energy Office, on proposed 2015 state legislation related to CNG and alternative fuels.

Refuel Colorado Fleets energy coaches on Western Slope fueling station developments.

Conference call access:
Call-in: (712) 432-0390
Code: 584 568

Download meeting agenda

Past meeting archives


Resources

State of Colorado 2014 Retail Natural Gas Regulations

Colorado Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit worksheet, "Income 67" for private sector vehicle purchases
Revised April 2014

Federal Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit
This credit expired Dec. 31, 2013, but the information page will remain posted until the federal tax filing deadline.

U.S. Department of Energy
Alternative Fuels Data Center
Maps, data, station locators, fuel price comparisons, vehicle cost calculator, vehicle searches

Refuel Colorado Fleets spreadsheet: Estimates for State Alternative Fuel Tax Credits for various CNG, propane and electric vehicles

2014 State Bid List for vehicles

 

Refuel Colorado Fleets

Click here for information on the nine-county pilot project, Refuel Colorado Fleets.

General information about fleets

Fleet efficiency recommendations

Hatching the egg on the Western Slope: A case study