Colorado groups announce the launch of Refuel Colorado Fleets
Pilot project involve at least seven communities
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American Lung Association in Colorado, Denver Metro Clean Cities, and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) announce the launch of Refuel Colorado Fleets, a pilot project to help owners of vehicle fleets and auto dealers take advantage of vehicles that use clean, domestic fuels as an alternative to petroleum.
This pilot project will involve at least seven communities to be selected across Colorado. It’s aimed at accelerating the deployment of alternative fuels, reducing petroleum imports and increasing fuel cost efficiency in public and private sector vehicle fleets.
Alternative fuels to be considered include compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane, biofuels and plug-in electric.
“Alternative fuels allow Colorado consumers and fleets to save money on fuel, contribute towards cleaner air, and use energy produced in Colorado,” said Jeff Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office.
Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) has been contracted by the CEO
to manage Refuel Colorado Fleets and will deliver approved training for community-based energy coaches working for Denver Metro Clean Cities, Garfield Clean Energy in Garfield County, Northern Colorado Clean Cities in Fort Collins, and Southern Colorado Clean Cities in Colorado Springs.
“Diversifying Colorado's transportation fuels mix is an important effort for the CEO, and we are excited to work with these four community organizations to support alternative fuels in their regions,” Ackermann said.
Denver Metro Clean Cities is now looking for communities in the Denver Metro area to participate in the Refuel Colorado Fleets project. An initial survey process continues through June, and the selected communities will be announced in July.
“We urge any fleet owners, auto dealers and community leaders who want their community to be considered for the Refuel Colorado Fleets project to contact Denver Metro Clean Cities as soon as possible,” said Tyler Svitak, Clean Cities Energy Coordinator with the American Lung Associaiton. “You can nominate your community by visiting the Refuel Colorado Fleets page on Facebook.”
Once the communities are selected, Denver Metro Clean Cities’ trained energy coaches will then work with local government and business sector fleet owners over the coming year, helping them learn how to make cost-effective purchases of alternative fuel vehicles and improve overall fleet efficiency.
“Our coaches will also work with fuel providers and local governments to develop fueling and charging infrastructure, and work with auto dealers to grow the vehicle sales inventory and maintenance capacity for alternative fuel fleet vehicles,” said Svitak.
The $225,000 project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The project budget is fully allocated for program development, training and outreach in the selected communities, and does not include funds for fueling stations, charging stations or alternative fuel vehicles.
“Helping local communities make more widespread use of alternative vehicle fuel technologies also helps drive economic development,” said Alice Laird, executive director of CLEER. “This project will help Colorado speed up our transition to domestic vehicle fuels, building business and jobs.”
The Colorado Energy Office will conduct additional efforts as part of the Refuel Colorado grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, including providing public information through web tools, stakeholder initiatives to remove barriers to alternative fuel adoption, and incorporating alternative fuel vehicles in the state fleet.
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