A few hours after posting the initial blog below, we received more information from CSU regarding tomorrow's grand opening, with more specifics as to where funding came from and how the station will operate. Here's the info:
The brief program will include speakers from our partner organizations and companies which have found CNG stations to be of great value to their fleet. After the presentations, there will be a "first fuel-up" for CNG vehicles, to include Core-Mark International Inc. and Dillon Transport, followed by a reception.
The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) awarded Colorado Springs Utilities with a $402,412 grant for the construction of the new station. The DOLA grant will supplement a $500,000 Colorado Energy Office grant awarded to the utility in September of 2014.
The first station, located next to Springs Utilities' East Service Center (ESC) at 706 Tia Juana Street, re-opened in 2014.
"The Colorado Energy Office supports Colorado Springs Utilities' leadership in encouraging natural gas as a transportation fuel choice," said Wes Maurer, transportation program manager at the Colorado Energy Office. "Through the ALT Fuels Colorado program, this station will be linked with more than 25 newly developed CNG fueling locations along major transportation corridors in Colorado, resulting in an intrastate network for CNG travel.”
Eleven companies — including School District 20, El Paso County and the Colorado Division of Wildlife support the Pinkerton station.
“There’s a need for additional fueling stations,” said Mike Allison, Springs Utilities’ Pinkerton CNG fueling station construction project manager. We’ve witnessed sales growth go from 300 gallons in 2014, to 2,736 gallons this year at the ESC station.”
Providing these stations improves regional air quality and helps our customers control fuel costs.
The fueling station will:
Accommodate up to class 8 trucks (including tractor-trailers), service vehicles and passenger cars.
Have 24/7 accessibility and security.
Have fast-fill dispensers and dual hoses.
Accept major credit cards as well as fleet fueling cards.
—— ORIGINAL POST: 11:16 A.M., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 ——
In November, 2014, Colorado Springs Utilities
broke ground on a second compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at its John Pinkerton Service Center off Powers Boulevard, at 7710 Durant Drive.
CSU had also reopened its first station at 706 Tia Juana St. that year, which had closed in 2010 due to under-use and a concern that the technology wasn't efficient enough at the time.
But as our reporting indicated
, interest in alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) has risen in part because carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 20 to 30 percent compared to gasoline emissions. The government has taken notice, offering incentives for AFVs in the interest of improving air quality
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m., CSU will finally celebrate the grand opening of that second CNG station with a "first fuel-up," as well as some speakers and refreshments during a reception. Feel free to attend to learn more.