In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama urged Congress to support the construction of natural gas fueling stations for American cars and trucks. The President spoke of the important role natural gas has played in his "all-of-the-above" energy strategy to create new jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and help curb climate change.
Colorado, with its abundant natural gas reserves, has recognized the important role natural gas plays in the energy economy. During the last Colorado legislative session, HB13-1110 was enacted, directing OPS (the Division of Oil and Public Safety) to promulgate rules related to retail natural gas fueling facilities.
As a transportation fuel, natural gas is one of the cleanest-burning alternative fuels available and is sold as CNG (compressed natural gas) and LNG (liquefied natural gas). Over the last year, OPS worked closely with stakeholders, locally as well as nationally, and promulgated the Colorado Retail Natural Gas Regulations.
These regulations became effective on January 31, 2014, and they govern the design, construction, location, installation and operation of retail natural gas fueling facilities. We currently have sixteen retail CNG stations in Colorado where you can fill up your natural gas vehicle.
Because of Colorado's active engagement in this area, OPS Director Mahesh Albuquerque has been appointed to chair a Natural Gas Steering Committee at NCWM (National Conference of Weights and Measures), a professional nonprofit association of state and local weights and measures officials, federal agencies, manufacturers retailers and consumers. NCWM develops and adopts national weights and measures standards which are published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.