Governor Bill Ritter was in charge of the announcement and explained that these grants will positively impact climate change. These will also “make it easier for local governments and energy companies to fuel their vehicles with CNG, reducing the use of foreign oil and increasing our energy independence,” he added.
A first grant will be awarded to the city of Grand Junction and involves a funding of $120,000 to complete the construction of a CNG station, which will supply four natural gas refuse trucks recently purchased by the city and two CNG buses soon to be bought by Grand Valley Transit, among other fleets.
The second award, with more than $675,000, will be for Rocky Mountain Alternative Fueling (RMAF) to develop a CNG fueling station and linked infrastructure in Rifle city. The station will supply the public, as well as CNG-powered fleet owned by Garfield County, Colorado Mountain College, and vehicles from several oil and gas companies in the state.