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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 that actively engaged to accelerate adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel in western Colorado.

The group's goals were 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.

The CNG Network's efforts resulted in the opening of public CNG fueling stations in Parachute and Glenwood Springs. Efforts are still under way to develop a public fueling station in Rifle.

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 pipes methane captured from its wastewater treatment plant to a CNG fueling station. This biogas is 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.

CNG Vehicles toolbox

The Case for CNG, a 2-page fact sheet

Learn more about CLEER's work with CNG across Colorado through the Refuel Colorado Fleets program.

Grand opening of CNG fueling station in Glenwood Springs

Grand opening of the CNG fueling station at the Shell West Mart in Glenwood Springs, Nov. 6, 2015. Read more.