Fueling the area economy

The announcement this week by the Governor’s Energy Office that it will use federal stimulus money to help fund two compressed natural gas fueling stations in western Colorado is welcome news. If all goes as planned, the money will help make the Interstate 70 corridor between here and Denver far more accommodating to vehicles using compressed natural gas, and will help boost another market for locally produced natural gas.

The grant will provide $675,000 for a compressed-gas station in Rifle that will be used both for public fleet vehicles and be available to the public. Grand Junction will receive $120,000 to complete its compressed-gas fueling station, to be used initially for its trash-hauling vehicles. It will be available for other fleets, also.

Both are worthy projects to help convert vehicles to cleaner fuel.


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