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Colorado Floats New Funding Solicitation

January 7, 2016 in CNG, EVSE, money available, NGVs, propane autogas, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pre-Bid Meeting on January 12 for this Fourth Round

The Colorado Energy Office is again emphasizing compressed natural gas vehicle fueling infrastructure as it prepares for a fourth round of project funding.
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Colorado Has More Money for AFVs

September 29, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, EVs, money available, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$9 Million for Public Fleets and $5.5 Million for Private Fleets

The Colorado Energy Office and affiliated agencies have floated a new solicitation for alternative fuel vehicles, offering $14.5 million to help offset the incremental cost of natural gas vehicles, propane autogas vehicles, and electric vehicles.

AltFuelsColoradoThe Alt Fuels Colorado program is managed by CEO in partnership with the RAQC, the Regional Air Quality Council, and the Colorado Departments of Transportation and Local Affairs. This program will provide funding for alternative fueling infrastructure and alternative fuel vehicles.

RAQC handles the vehicle grants. Under the current round, $9 million is available for public fleets and $5.5 million is available for private fleets.


Federal CMAQ Funding

The agency will pay up to 80% of the incremental cost of the alternative fuel vehicles.

Applications are due on October 29.

The agency will pay up to 80% of the incremental cost of the alternative fuel vehicles.

The agency will pay up to 80% of the incremental cost of the alternative fuel vehicles.

ALT Fuels Colorado is funded through CMAQ, the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

NobleEnergy-CEONoble Energy Funding

RAQC is working with Colorado-based Noble Energy, which is helping fund the deployment of compressed natural gas-fueled schools buses in Weld County and Colorado’s non-attainment counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Larimer).

Noble expects that $4.8 million in matching funding will help place 30 CNG school buses in Weld County, and that $2 million will help place 33 CNG buses in the non-attainment areas. The Noble Energy funding is available fro RAQC programs awardees: $60,000 for 80-passenger and $40,000 for 29-passenger school buses.


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Source: Colorado Energy Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Colorado Backs Four New CNG Stations

August 17, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, money awarded, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sparq, Trillium, VNG and Ward Designated for Funding

The Colorado Energy Office, in partnership with the state’s Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Department of Transportation, has disclosed its plans for funding four additional CNG fueling station locations.
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Charge Ahead CO Money for EVs

July 14, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Applications for Vehicles and EVSE Due August 17

Colorado’s Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office kicked off the state’s Charge Ahead Colorado electric vehicle and infrastructure grant application.

AltFuelsColoradoRAQC and CEO are offering incentives for the purchase or lease of electric vehicles and EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment, including Level 2 DC fast-charge stations.


The application period officially opens this Thursday and proposals are due on the morning of August 17.


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CEO, Wes Maurer, 303-866-2064; [email protected]

RAQC, Matt Mines, 303-629-5450, ext 210; [email protected]; cleanairfleets.org

Source: CEO-RAQC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

More Colorado AFV Infrastructure Money

May 18, 2015 in CNG, EVs, Infrastructure, money available, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third Round of RFAs for Mostly CNG to Be Released June 2

The Colorado Energy Office said Monday that it will release its third round Request for Applications through the ALT Fuels Colorado grant program on Tuesday, June 2.

AltFuelsColoradoThe funding covers compressed natural gas fueling station equipment costs of up to $500,000, capped at 80% of total, and optional co-located electric vehicle charging and propane fueling equipment.

In addition to CEO’s planned release of RFAs on June 2, the agency will host a pre-bid meeting in Denver on Tuesday, June 9. Written questions will be accepted until Sunday, June 14, and answered by Wednesday, June 17.


Applications will be accepted until Thursday, July 2.

“Only station operators are eligible to submit applications for station funding through the ALT Fuels Colorado program,” CEO notes.


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Source: Colorado Energy Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Sparq Scores Again in CNG for Colorado

April 3, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CNG 4 America Too In Second Round of NGV Infrastructure Awards

The Colorado Energy Office has named the awardees for its second round of alternative fuels infrastructure development, announcing Sparq Natural gas for two new compressed natural gas fueling stations and CNG 4 America for one.

‘By the time station construction is completed from the first two rounds of funding, a CNG vehicle will be able to travel the entire north/south distance of the state with access to fueling stations,’ Colorado Energy Office says.

‘By the time station construction is completed from the first two rounds of funding, a CNG vehicle will be able to travel the entire north/south distance of the state with access to fueling stations,’ the Colorado Energy Office says.

CEO notes that it’s now funded 11 stations under the Alt Fuels Colorado program, “increasing the state’s publicly accessible CNG fueling infrastructure by more than two-thirds in less than a year.”

The new Sparq stations are to be in Durango and Eaton, in the southwest corner of north central parts of Colorado, while the new CNG 4 America station is to be in Limon, southeast of Denver.

Two for Two, Four for 11

“We went two for two again,” says Sparq co-founder and CEO Norman Herrera. “There have been 11 awards and Sparq’s won four of them,” he told F&F Friday.

The previous awards to Oklahoma City-based Sparq were for CNG stations in Trinidad and Pueblo. Both towns are on Interstate 25 connecting Denver and Albuquerque (F&F, September 19, 2014).


CNG 4 America recently reported an agreement with 7 Star Travel to build a compressed natural gas fueling station at the 7 Star Travel Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas (F&F, February 23).

Katy, Texas-based CNG 4 America also announced Brian Smerud as its new rep for the Rockies.

$30 Million from CEO Through 2017

According to the Colorado Energy Office, “By the time station construction is completed from the first two rounds of funding, a CNG vehicle will be able to travel the entire north/south distance of the state with access to fueling stations.”

A third round of funding will get underway this summer. CEO says it expects to allocate a total of $30 million during the four years of the Alt Fuels Colorado program, though 2017.


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Source: Colorado Energy Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Colorado AFV Funding: Round II

January 5, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Emphasis Is on Public-Access CNG Fueling,
Co-Located Propane and EV Charging Optional

The Colorado Energy Office has released a request for applications for the second round of funding of alterative fueling stations through the Alt Fuels Colorado program. CEO works in partnership with RAQC, the state’s Regional Air Quality Council, and with CDoT, the Colorado Department of Transportation.
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Colorado Backs CNG Infrastructure Work

October 31, 2014 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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Sparq for CNG in Southern Colorado

September 19, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Infrastructure, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trinidad Station with Duran Oil to be the First Public in Region

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, followed by Pueblo. Both towns are on Interstate 25 connecting Denver and Albuquerque.
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Colorado Alt Fuels Workshop July 3

June 30, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Infrastructure, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Emphasis of $3.5 Million Alt Fuels Colorado Program Is on CNG

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) will host a pre-bid workshop at its Denver headquarters this Thursday, July 3 in connection with the just-issued Alt Fuels Colorado CNG fueling station request for applications.

AltFuelsColoradoThe proposals for compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure may also include propane autogas vehicle fueling and/or electric vehicle charging equipment (F&F, April 29).

“Funding allocations will go exclusively toward the purchase of station equipment for developing CNG stations with up to $500,000, or 80% of the total equipment cost (whichever is lower), awarded to each successful application,” COE says, noting that installation and other associated costs will not be covered.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions is July 24

“The installation of co-located electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) fast chargers and LPG stations may qualify for up to an additional $50,000 (80% of equipment costs) in funding available for each fuel type with a potential maximum grant allocation of $600,000 (CNG + EVSE + LPG) per station.”

A total is $3.5 million is expected to be allocated via this first funding round.

CEO urges interested parties to attend the workshop in person but has made provision for call-in participation via 877-820-7831, access code 783166. The July 3 workshop commences at 10am Mountain time.

CEO will accept written questions on the Alt Fuels Colorado solicitation until July 8, will answer them on July 11, and has set July 24 as the deadline for proposals to be submitted.


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Source: Colorado Energy Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Colorado Prepares a New Alt Fuels RFP

April 29, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, EVs, Infrastructure, money available, Propane, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Emphasis is on CNG, But EV Charging and Propane Too

The Colorado Energy Office is preparing a Request for Applications for partial funding of compressed natural gas fueling station equipment, and co-located EV charging and propane autogas stations, to be issued within the next several weeks.
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Colorado $30 Million for AFVs

December 23, 2013 in EVs, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.
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