The mission of the Colorado Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (CNGVC) is to promote natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel for vehicles and fueling infrastructure development in Colorado. We aim to accomplish this through the utilization of infrastructure and vehicle funding, as well as public outreach and education.
Natural Gas Vehicle Overview
Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are alternative fuel vehicles that utilize either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a cleaner burning alternative to other fossil fuels. Recently, there has been innovation that has sparked a renewable natural gas (RNG) investigation, but natural gas vehicles still need a little help building strength in terms of consumer adoption.
Natural gas is a safe, non-toxic, non-corrosive, and non-carcinogenic compound that presents no threat to soil, surface water, or groundwater. LNG and CNG also tend to corrode parts of an engine less rapidly than gasoline, which gives each car a longer lifespan. Most of the natural gas consumed in the United States is domestically produced, as the US trends towards being a net importer of the product. This domestic activity has been driving down costs for all fossil fuels and has created one of the largest market barriers to adoption, the low price of regular gasoline. Convincing consumers that when conventional fuel prices are cheap, it is still a strategically valuable move to switch over to natural gas vehicles is going to be one of the biggest challenges for the coalition to tackle.
Marketing and Outreach
The main goal of the CNGVC is to raise awareness and understanding of natural gas as a transportation fuel. CNGVC members engage in multiple strategies to reach these goals, including developing educational materials, conducting presentations, and hosting events to help spread natural gas vehicle enthusiasm. The CNGVC hopes to be a fueling station for which stakeholders can coordinate messaging, develop and share successful strategies, and promote projects.
Promoting Natural Gas Infrastructure
Stakeholders in the CNGVC seek and participate in various grant funding opportunities in hopes of supporting and enabling new stations in Colorado. These funding opportunities will be pursued as a collaborative group in order to leverage collective resources and demonstrate a statewide strategy. Coalition members assist public and private entities in understanding the business model of installing infrastructure.
There are a total of 21 CNG stations registered with the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) for the state of Colorado.
Fifteen of these CNG stations have been funded through the ALT Fuels program in the Colorado Energy Office, in partnership with the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
To learn more about natural gas vehicles, fueling, and infrastructure please visit here.
The CNGVC meets by phone every other month to discuss events, projects, policy, and outreach strategies to help further the deployment of natural gas vehicles. This schedule may be adjusted, and required notification will be dispersed through email. If you would like to be added to the email list, please contact Janna West-Heist at JWHeiss@lungs.org.
HB16-1332 makes tax credits easier than ever for all consumers looking to purchase alternative fuel vehicles, including CNG. Starting January 1, 2017, all lightweight passenger alternative fuel vehicles will receive a $5,000 reduction in price that can be realized immediately by consumers. This tax credit includes all vehicle types, from passenger vehicles to semi-trucks, though the tax credit will vary slightly depending on the size of the purchased vehicle. If you would like to learn more, please visit the Refuel Colorado blog post on this topic here.