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Northern Colorado Receives Funding for Two New Programs
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) was recently awarded funding through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities National Parks Initiative. The Clean Cities National Parks Initiative supports transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of reducing dependence on petroleum, cutting greenhouse gases, and easing traffic congestion. With support from the local Clean Cities coalition, Northern Colorado Clean Cities (NCCC), the park is planning to purchase one Toyota Highlander Hybrid and two Chevy Volts, install two electric vehicle charging stations, and expand idle-reduction efforts through technology deployment and a comprehensive education and outreach program. The project is also supporting the “Green our Rides’ effort established within the National Park Services’ Green Parks Plan.
NCCC will also be working with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), and other partners on CEO’s new project, Refuel Colorado, also funded by DOE. Refuel Colorado, A Roadmap to Increase Alternative Fuel Use in Colorado will work to add alternative fuel vehicles to State Purchasing Agreements; train and deploy Energy Coaches who will work directly with public and private fleets to assess and successfully implement opportunities for alternative fuel vehicle use; conduct an audit of the State fleet to identify options for alternative fuel vehicle use; and create a stakeholder-driven policy and regulatory roadmap for alternative fuels in Colorado. NCCC staff will act as Energy Coaches for the northern Colorado region.
Shorepower Technolgies Reduces Long-haul Truck Idling in Colorado
Source: Denver Metro Clean Cities
As a state leading the way in alternative fuels, Colorado took another step forward with the recent installation of Shorepower Technologies Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) in two locations - Johnson's Corner in Johnstown, CO (I-25, exit 255) and Ports to Plains Travel Center in Lamar, CO (US 287). Long haul trucks now have an alternative to idling during their mandatory rest periods, which saves an average of 1 gallon of fuel per hour and their associated emissions - a savings of $4,000 per truck, per year. Drivers at these locations can plug into "power pedestals" - standard 110v and 220v outlets to power heating, air conditioning, and appliances. In addition, the Johnson's Corner site has 480v receptacles for refrigerated trailers, which can save 40-70% over diesel.
Northern Colorado Clean Cities Adds Co-Coordinator
Northern Colorado Clean Cities would like to announce the addition of Maria Eisemann as a coalition co-coordinator. Maria will share coordinator duties with current coordinator, Sheble McConnellogue. Many of you have already had the opportunity to meet and work with Maria as she has been working for NCCC over the past year and a half. During this time, Maria's role with NCCC has grown and she has proven to be invaluable to the work the coalition is doing.
Maria brings a wealth of experience to the coalition. She has a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Colorado State University and worked for 7 years at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington DC in the Office of Compliance on air regulatory issues, rulemakings, and voluntary compliance incentives. Before and after working at the EPA she worked for the National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety at Colorado State University on the National Tampering Surveys, On Board Diagnostics research and outreach, and helped to organize the annual National Mobile Sources Clean Air Conference. Maria also spent 2½ years with the US Peace Corps in the Philippines.
We are grateful to have her join NCCC in this more formal capacity. Congratulations Maria!
Clean Cities Now On YouTube
Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities program has launched the Clean Cities TV YouTube channel. The Clean Cities TV YouTube channel, now online at www.youtube.com/cleancitiestv, will house the entire CCTV and MotorWeek collections, and it will enable you to more easily search for and share Clean Cities videos.