State Emphasizes CMAQ Money for CNG Fueling and NGV Deployment
Colorado will use $30 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality program to provide funding for as many as 30 CNG fueling stations and “the adoption of at least 1,000 natural gas vehicles to be awarded for use statewide.” The money will be handled by the Colorado Energy Office.
“These funds are critical to support installation of compressed natural gas fueling stations along the state’s major transportation corridors,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a release. “These stations will help ensure an NGV owner can drive nearly anywhere across the state fueled by Colorado-produced gas.”
Hickenlooper’s office says that 29 public and private fleet operators, including the natural gas industry, have committed to help accelerate the deployment of NGVs and a fueling station infrastructure in Colorado.
Colorado Fleet NGV Backers
The 29 signatories to a NGVs MoU are the American Lung Association, Aqua-Hot Heating Systems, Berthod Motors, Black Hills Energy, Burgener Trucking, Clean Energy Fuels, Colorado Motor Carriers Association, Colorado Oil & Gas Association, Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado/Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association, City of Denver, Denver International Airport, Encana Natural Gas, Ensign Energy Services, City of Grand Junction, Mile Hi Foods, City of Montrose, Noble Energy, Northern Colorado Clean Cities, Public Service Company of Colorado, Pueblo Area Council of Governments, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Rocky Mountain Alternative Fueling (Swallow Oil), The Gas Connection, Via Mobility Services, Ward Alternative Energy, Weld County, Westco Express, and Western Disposal Services.
Colorado’s new four-year program is to be managed by the Colorado Energy Office with the support of the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Regional Air Quality Council and local governments. RAQC is to handle CMAQ money for vehicle procurements.
The federal money will also help support the increased use of electric vehicles in Colorado, and may for efficiency’s sake be used to install EV charging units at the new CNG stations.
A plan for issuing solicitations will be developed after the New Year holiday.
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Source: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper with Fleets & Fuels follow-up