Weld County on the northern border of the US State of Colorado opens the first of four public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the end of June, the first of four stations forming a CNG fuelling network north of Denver. The SkyBlu station, operated by Mansfield Energy Corporation, will be located in Firestone near US Route 87 which runs north through Wyoming.
“This is a milestone for the Weld County Natural Gas Coalition,” said Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer who formed the Coalition in 2009. “The Board of Commissioners set a goal, through the Coalition, to create an alternative fuel corridor between Colorado and Wyoming, and today marks the first step toward making that goal a reality.”
The Weld County Natural Gas Coalition is a collaboration of county government, municipalities and public and private sector entities dedicated to promoting natural gas as an affordable, abundant and local energy source. In addition to building the alternative fuel corridor and providing public education regarding CNG, the Coalition also works with municipalities, school districts and fire districts to use Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to purchase CNG vehicles as part of their individual fleet replacement programs.
“Weld County has already replaced 11 of its own fleet vehicles with CNG vehicles, and we recently approved the purchase of a heavy duty liquefied natural gas truck for the County Public Works department,” said Kirkmeyer.
In addition to Weld County vehicles, the Coalition has utilized CMAQ funds to help purchase four CNG vehicles for the city of Evans and a one-ton CNG truck for the LaSalle Fire Protection District. Funding for additional CNG vehicles is being applied for and, if received, will be used to help purchase up to eight additional CNG vehicles for two more towns and three fire protection districts.
CMAQ funding for this project has been made available through the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
(This article compiled using information supplied by the Office of the Board of Commissioners, Weld County)