On November 9, 2011 Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin that is designed to increase the use of natural gas vehicles in each state’s fleet. Since then, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. have all joined this collaborative state effort.
The MOU calls for joint solicitation of a Multi-State Request for Proposal that aggregates annual fleet vehicle procurements to promote functional and affordable natural gas vehicles. Working together, the states issued a request for proposals in July 2012. On October 5, Governors Hickenlooper and Fallin announced that over 100 responses from 4 different auto manufacturers were received and awarded. Colorado has increased the number of natural gas vehicles on the state bid from 4 to 15, many with decreased prices and added functionality. The Colorado Energy Office will be working with the State Fleet, State agencies, and local governments to identify opportunities to deploy these vehicles in Colorado.
This effort in Colorado is being led by the Colorado Energy Office, which is focused on the adoption of natural gas as a component of the state’s energy portfolio for transportation fuels. CEO will be convening a working group of state agencies with substantial vehicle fleets to determine the potential for this effort in Colorado. As a state that imports 2/3 of its oil and exports 3/4 of its natural gas, this initiative has an enormous potential to further the CEO’s four goals of: job creation, low costs, energy security, and environmental stewardship.
Recognizing the regional synergies in our transportation markets, Western Governors adopted a policy resolution that recognizes the importance of reducing our dependence on imported oil and outlines steps for regional collaboration in meeting this challenge.
An updated map of the confirmed states.