Colorado Springs Utilities Celebrates Second CNG Station Opening
Colorado Springs Utilities in Colorado celebrated the completion of its second CNG station. The opening ceremony included a program with speakers from the utility’s partner organizations and the companies that will use the CNG station for their fleets.
The utility received a $402,412 grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for the construction of the station, which supplemented a $500,000 Colorado Energy Office grant received in September of 2014. The grant funds are derived from state severance taxes and federal mineral lease royalties paid to the state by Colorado’s energy and mineral industry. Springs Utilities also received a grant valued at $42,000 for the purchase of six CNG-fueled trucks.
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 grow 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 station, which is located along the I-25 corridor, accommodates Class 8 trucks, service vehicles and passenger cars. The station will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will accept major credit cards as well as fleet fueling cards.