To bring energy efficiency and renewable energy training opportunities, funding opportunities and alternative energy knowledge to the region.
Refuel Colorado is an effort by the Colorado Energy Office to encourage the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles in Colorado to lead a cheaper, cleaner and domestic transportation future. Refuel coaches help fleets identify monetary savings and other advantages from converting to alternative fuels, particularly compressed natural gas and electricity. The program also builds self-sustaining alternative fuel markets by working with community leaders, fuel providers, and dealerships. Refuel Colorado Fleets is now available statewide.
Refuel coaches can help business and government leaders understand the financial, environmental, economic, development, and energy security advantages from promoting the use of clean, Colorado fuels. By working with an entire community, coaches create an ecosystem of broad support and all the resources necessary for a successful transition to alternative fuels.
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
Sparq Natural Gas of Oklahoma City completed construction of a public, fast fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Trinidad in October 2015. Current local users of CNG are the City of Trinidad, Las Animas County, Pioneer Natural Resources and Electrical Systems Professionals. Some regional trucking and delivery services also currently use the site.
SCCOG has a made a commitment to move toward a CNG fleet in the upcoming years for the following reasons: 1) historically lower, more stable cost than gasoline, 2) CNG is a locally produced fuel, 3) burns cleaner than petroleum based products because of its lower carbon content, 4) CNG produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than other fuels.
Through a partnership with CDOT and DOLA, SCCOG Transit was able to purchase our first CNG bus in 2016 with plans to add four more CNG vans to their fleet in 2017.
"Electrical Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) / Charge Ahead Colorado"
Charge Ahead is a state funded grant program that aims to promote the transformation of the region's transportation systems by incentivizing the development of geographically dispersed EVSE charging infrastructure. Information on the grant has been provided to officials in Otero, Las Animas, Huerfano and Alamosa Counties in hopes that each of them will submit an application to help create and connect the infrastructure for EV travelers in the South East and South Central part of the state. Tesla Motors installed six level 3 DC super charging stations at 9960 Santa Fe Trail in Trinidad for Tesla owners. There are also level 2 charging stations located in the South East Colorado towns of Eads, Lamar, Las Animas and Springfield that are products of the Charge Ahead Colorado Grant "Peak Views Wind Energy Project".
SCCOG hosted representatives of Invenergy, LLC to speak about the proposed project. SCCOG provided a letter of support for the project to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). This project spans into both Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. The project began in the first quarter of 2016 and was estimated to inject approximately $12 million dollars into the community during construction through 20 full time equivalent construction employees, lodging and other local spending. The project came online in November of 2016 and includes 34 turbines on approximately 31,000 acres in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. The wind farm was also sold to South Dakota-based Black Hills Corp. for $109 million in 2016."Geothermal"
SCCOG continues to work with area land owners and investors to explore the geothermal potential of the area. Discussions continue around geothermal development for direct use applications such as heat and cooling for buildings and powering greenhouses for year round food growing.