Changes Coming to Colorado. . .
(Source: Colorado Department of Revenue)
Effective January 1, 2014, the excise tax rate for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) will change from $.205 per gallon to $.03 per gallon for LPG and LNG and $.03 per gallon equivalent for CNG (a gallon equivalent is equal to 126.67 cubic feet).
Colorado is one of the first states in the nation to reduce these tax rates. The rate changes could help to increase the market for these fuels. In the bill’s legislative declaration, it states “The intended purpose of this rate reduction is to fairly tax liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas and to create tax parity among special fuels based on the differences in each fuel's energy content.”
Certain fuel distributors, retailers and vendors will be required to obtain a Colorado fuel distributor license due to new legislation regarding these special fuels (HB13-1110). Those fuel dealers who may be required to obtain a Colorado fuel distributor license include:
- Any vendor of liquefied petroleum gas or natural gas (a public utility is not a distributor unless it sells these fuels through an alternative fuel vehicle charging or fueling facility that is unregulated under §40-1-103.3 C.R.S.)
- A private commercial fleet operator that uses LPG or CNG from a public utility.
- Any person who refines, manufactures, produces, compounds, blends or imports special fuel or gasoline.
- A person who contracts with a private commercial fleet operator to be a distributor on behalf of the operator.
- A public utility who sells fuel through an alternative fuel vehicle charging or fueling facility.
Distributing fuel in Colorado without a license can subject a dealer to civil penalties.
To apply for a fuel distributor license, go to www.TaxColorado.com, click on Forms and Forms by Number, then download forms DR 0214, 5785, 7064 and 7065.
If you have any questions, contact the Colorado Department of Revenue Fuel Tax Unit at 303-205-8205, option 2.
Alternative Fueling Stations in the Palm of Your Hand
New iPhone app helps drivers find stations(Source: Clean Cities Blog)
Drivers of alternative fuel vehicles can now find fueling stations using Clean Cities' new iPhone app.
The Alternative Fueling Station Locator app, now available through the App Store, allows iPhone users to select an alternative fuel and find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius. Users can view the locations on a map or as a list with station addresses, phone numbers, and hours of operation.
"If you drive an electric vehicle, for instance, you can now use your iPhone to effortlessly identify, contact, and navigate to the charging station that's most convenient for you," said Project Manager Trish Cozart of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "Drivers aren't searching for stations while they're sitting at their computers; they need this information while they're out and about, which makes the iPhone an ideal means to deliver it."
The app draws information from Clean Cities' Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), which houses the most complete, up-to-date database of alternative fueling stations in the United States. The database currently contains location information for more than 15,000 alternative fueling stations throughout the country.
The AFDC is a comprehensive clearinghouse of information about advanced transportation technologies and offers unbiased information, data and tools related to the deployment of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.
Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool
Argonne National Laboratory is pleased to release the Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool, which was developed to help Clean Cities stakeholders estimate petroleum use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air pollutant emissions, and cost of ownership of light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles using simple spreadsheet inputs. You can find both the AFLEET Tool spreadsheet and user manual here: http://greet.es.anl.gov/afleet_tool. The tool will also be found on the Alternative Fuels Data Center website in the near future.
The AFLEET Tool provides three calculation methods depending on the user’s goals:
- Simple Payback Calculator – estimates a simple payback of purchase of a new AFV compared to a conventional counterpart using acquisition and annual operating costs, as well as average annual petroleum use, GHGs, and air pollutant emissions.
- Total Cost of Ownership Calculator – estimates the net present value of operating and fixed costs over the years of planned ownership of a new vehicle, as well as lifetime petroleum use, GHGs and air pollutant emissions
- Fleet Energy and Emissions Footprint Calculator – estimates the annual petroleum use, GHGs and air pollutant emissions of existing and new vehicles, taking into consideration that older vehicles typically have higher air pollutant emission rates than newer ones.
For those interested in learning more about AFLEET Tool, we have scheduled a webinar for Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00 pm eastern time.Webinar login details are as follows:
Audio: (888) 807-9760 Participant passcode: 1826645
Web URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/ Conference number: PW5640159 Audience passcode: 1826645
Participants can join the event directly at: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW5640159&p=1826645&t=c
Congratulations to NCCC Intern. . . Robert Morrison
2013 Garfield Clean Energy Innovation Award Winner: Colorado Mountain College Clean Energy Innovation
(Robert Morrison pictured third from right)
E85 Handbook Updated. . . Available Online
The Handbook for Handling, Storing, and Dispensing E85 and Other Ethanol-Gasoline Blends has been updated and is now available. You can order it via the document order form or find it online here: www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/ethanol_handbook.pdf
The document serves as a guide for blenders, distributors, sellers, and users of E85 and other ethanol blends above E10. It provides basic information on the proper and safe use of these fuels and includes supporting technical and policy references. Updates in this version include a comprehensive list of compatible dispensing equipment, information about equipment for use with E15 and blender pump blends.
Gov. Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov. Fallin applaud General Motors introduction of a CNG sedan
DENVER — Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper joined Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today to thank General Motors Company for developing the new Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel sedan that uses gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG).
In 2012, Hickenlooper and Fallin visited Detroit to encourage auto manufacturers to develop more functional and affordable CNG vehicles. They presented the automakers with a Memorandum of Understanding representing 15 governors.
“This is a great step toward increasing the number of CNG cars on the road and reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil,” Hickenlooper said. “We thank GM for developing a clean and practical CNG sedan. These types of developments will help Colorado continue its commitment to natural gas vehicles, enhance our country’s energy security, protect our environment and our economy.”
“It’s great news that GM is going to build a full-size sedan for retail and fleet customers that operates on either gasoline or CNG,” Fallin said. “By transitioning state fleets to CNG cars, Oklahoma taxpayers stand to save thousands of dollars per vehicle on fuel costs. In Oklahoma we now have well over 300 CNG cars and trucks in our state fleet. Private sector consumers are also realizing they stand to benefit from similar savings with CNG vehicles.”
The states involved in last year’s CNG vehicle solicitation have more than 17,000 mid- and full-sized sedans in their fleets, including 1,200 vehicles in Colorado’s fleet. Mid- and full-sized sedans represented the largest category of vehicles without an available natural gas model. GM’s introduction of a full-size CNG sedan responds directly to requests of state fleets to provide a vehicle of this size.
This vehicle may be a competitive option for Colorado’s state fleet because of its fuel savings and lifetime costs. When the car is available, the state of Colorado will follow procurement policies to evaluate purchasing this car for the state fleet.
The new bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala will offer 150 miles of natural gas range while providing full gasoline capability to ensure the vehicles can travel all over the state. GM’s new Chevrolet Impala will be available in summer 2014. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles Project Starts in Nine Colorado Counties
July 23, 2013 — Today, Refuel Colorado Fleets, a pilot project to boost the use of alternative fuel vehicles in public and private sector fleets, funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant to the Colorado Energy Office, announced that communities within nine Colorado counties have been selected for the project. Counties selected for the year-long pilot are Routt, Larimer, Boulder, Jefferson, Adams, Garfield, Mesa, Montezuma and La Plata. A is funding the project.
Energy coaches employed by four community-based nonprofits will help business and government fleet owners work together with auto dealers, fuel providers, business leaders and local governments in the nine counties to pursue or expand use of alternative fuels.
"The Refuel Colorado Fleets energy coaches will support the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles,” said Jeff Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office. “Each community will determine what makes sense for them, be that electric, natural gas, propane, or other vehicle types. Each of these provides economic and environmental benefits, making this an exciting project.”
Energy coaching will be done by Northern Colorado Clean Cities, Denver Metro Clean Cities, Garfield Clean Energy and Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency. The pilot project is being led by CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region, a Carbondale nonprofit with expertise in alternative fuel vehicle technology, energy coaching and community engagement.
"Colorado has built a strong reputation as a leader in renewable energy and other innovative industries,” said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. “Refuel Colorado Fleets' work on these projects in counties across the state only enhances that reputation. "There is great promise in alternative fuel vehicles and these types of programs help proliferate their use and allow communities to see how best to implement proven green technologies."
In the coming weeks, energy coaches will work with businesses and local governments in the nine counties to analyze their fleets, including miles driven and age, vehicle type and purpose, to determine the optimal alternative fuel to focus on.
Workplace Charging Challenge
Today, about half of the vehicles in the United States are parked at overnight locations with access to plugs, providing a great foundation for the country's plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging infrastructure. However, employers across the country are beginning to offer charging access in workplace lots, which serve as the next most-likely place a vehicle will spend time parked. In fact, the ability to charge at work can potentially double a PEV driver's all-electric daily commuting range. This untapped resource presents a significant opportunity to expand the country's PEV charging infrastructure.
To support the deployment of this infrastructure, DOE has launched the Workplace Charging Challenge, with a goal of achieving a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging in the next five years.
As part of the Workplace Charging Challenge, DOE is calling on America's employers to sign the Workplace Charging Challenge Pledge as "Partners" to make a bold commitment to provide PEV charging access to their workforce. The Pledge also enlists stakeholder organizations as "Ambassadors" to promote and facilitate workplace charging.
Partners who sign the Workplace Charging Pledge will:
- Commit to assessing employee charging demand and developing a plan to install charging stations. Partner plans will include milestones for charging infrastructure installation with a minimum goal of provision of charging for a portion of PEV-driving employees at one or more major employer worksites, and a best practice goal of assessing and meeting all PEV-driving employee demand.
- Take action by implementing a plan to install charging stations for their employees.
- Share progress on achieving plan milestones over time, as well as best practices.
Learn more about the Workplace Charging Challenge: