Five Companies Get $3.9 Million for Eight Fueling Outlets,
Part of $30 Million, Four-Year Alt Fuels Colorado Initiative
The Colorado Energy Office – CEO – is supporting the companies building eight compressed natural gas fueling facilities in the state to the tune of more than $3.9 million dollars, and is preparing for a second round of bids, with a solicitation due early in 2015.
Separately, the Colorado Regional Air Quality Council is accepting bids for awards to help deploy CNG and other alternative fuel vehicles. Together, the CEO-RAQC Alt Fuels Colorado program will distribute approximately $30 million over four years, through 2017.
The biggest first-round CEO winner is Ward Alternative Energy, which has been awarded $1.5 million split equally for CNG stations in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland. Neither Loveland nor Fort Collins (Colorado’s fourth-largest city and Ward’s headquarters) have CNG stations now, while Greeley is in Weld County, one of Colorado’s largest with “a myriad of state and federal highways running through,” CEO says.
“The use of natural gas fuels in vehicles is especially important to Weld County,” states a project summary, “since it houses a large portion of Colorado’s oil and gas exploration industry and activities.”
The other recently announced CEO awards:
- Salt Lake City-based Trillium CNG is to install a CNG fueling outlet at the Shell West Mart fueling station in Glenwood Springs, directly north of Interstate 70 at Exit 114, and “highly visible to the traveling public. The station will provide CNG fueling for at least ten fleets based in or near Glenwood Springs with significant potential for expansion,” CEO says. Trillium has been awarded $443,000.
- Nebraska’s Stirk CNG, doing business in Colorado as 4CNG, has $500,000 in CEO support to build a station in Commerce City (Denver) able to serve Class 8 trucks, light duty fleets and passenger vehicles, with large capacity, redundant compressors and multiple lanes of access.
- Likewise with $500,000 from CEO, the Colorado Springs Utility is to build a station at a major interchange site owned by the Colorado Department of Transportation. CDoT is working with the Federal Highway Administration and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to facilitate CNG fueling in the Colorado Springs area.
- Oklahoma City-based Sparq Natural Gas is to build two compressed natural gas stations in southern Colorado, marking the first public access CNG availability in the region. The stations are to be built in Trinidad, with $500,000 in CEO support, followed by Pueblo ($460,000). Both towns are on Interstate 25 connecting Denver and Albuquerque (F&F, September 19).
CEO expects to release a further infrastructure solicitation in January.
RAQC’s alt fuel vehicles solicitation covering dedicated-CND and bi-fuel CNG-gasoline, propane, and electric vehicles remains open until November 12.
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Source: Colorado Energy Office and RAQC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up