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Gov. John Hickenlooper tours the CNG fueling station at the RFTA bus barn in Glenwood Springs

Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

Through our work for Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER created the Western Slope CNG Collaborative, a regional network working 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.

Frequent conference calls bring together businesses, governments and private citizens, and works to overcome barriers to use of CNG.

Projects include assisting fleet owners and managers in understanding CNG vehicles, working with auto dealers to expand vehicle offerings and provide CNG vehicle maintenance, working with fuel providers to expand fueling station options, and building general public awareness of the benefits of CNG as a transportation fuel.

Although CNG is a fossil fuel, it is cleaner-burning than petroleum and is less subject to the price volatility of petroleum. Moreover, developing CNG infrastructure now, with fueling stations, vehicles and dealerships, opens the door for future use of biogas.

Example: The City of Grand Junction is building a pipeline system to use methane captured from its wastewater treatment plant for dispensing at its CNG fueling station. This biogas will soon be fueling Grand Valley Transit buses, city dump trucks, street sweepers and refuse trucks, and is the fuel dispensed to the public at the nearby Monument Clean Fuels CNG station.