Jeffco selected for alternative fuel pilot program

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By Daniel Laverty

Jefferson County has been selected by Refuel Colorado Fleets to pilot a project to help reduce petroleum use and save money using alternative fuel vehicle options.

Jefferson joins Larimer, Routt, Boulder, Adams, Garfield, Mesa, Montezuma and La Plata counties in the pilot project.

 “Jefferson County’s selection means that we’ll be working with fleets in the area to identify opportunities where alternative fuels may help save money and improve air quality,” said Tyler Svitak, one of four Refuel Colorado Fleets coaches.

The four coaches will work with government agencies, auto dealers, fuel providers and business leaders in the nine counties to pursue and expand the use of alternative fuels.

Svitak said an informative meeting on Refuel Colorado Fleets’ plan for Jeffco will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Orchard Room of the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St. in Lakewood.

 “Each community will determine what makes sense for them,” said Jeff Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office. “Electric, natural gas, propane or other vehicle types -- (these alternatives) provide economic and environmental benefits.”

The nine counties were selected after a two-month survey.

 “We selected the nine counties after finding a good match between three key aspects,” said Mike Ogburn, engineer for Clean Energy Economy for the Region. “Fleet vehicle needs, auto dealer interest in alternative fuels and viability of developing public refueling facilities were all factors.”

For information, call 970-704-9200 or e-mail Tyler Svitak at tsvitak@lungcolorado.org.


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