Save Energy Coalition hosts and participates in a wide range of events all of which work toward the goal of greater adoption of alternative fuels.
Click the following links to review our recent projects.
Charge Ahead Colorado
East Zion National Park
EV Shuttle System Project
Annual Displacement Report
Vehicle To Grid
From educational events and webinars, to various working groups, trainings, fleet conversions and more, SECo is always busy working in the community to advance alternative fuels.
Not only have we spearheaded highly successful group buy and virtual ride and drive events, we are actively involved with several supporting initiatives in Colorado and the rest of the Mountain West EV Corridor whose goals also contribute to reduce carbon emissions.
SECo also participates in the ReCharge Colorado program by providing complimentary electric vehicle and charging infrastructure coaching services to individuals and communities throughout the state.
Energy and Environmental Justice
We are collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories to help ensure the benefits of federal investments in clean transportation reach underserved and overburdened communities.
Grant Writing assistance
Community Action Plans
Outreach and Infrastructure Advising
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Community Engagement Liaison
Coalition activities can advance energy and environmental justice (EEJ) goals and benefit underserved and overburdened communities in a variety of ways, including:
- Improving air quality
- Reducing energy and transportation costs
- Increasing access to alternative fuel vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, and clean public transportation
- Providing job training to operate and maintain clean transportation vehicles and infrastructure
- Engaging first responders in alternative fuel vehicle safety training
- Fostering business opportunities and economic development.
Increased Workplace Charging Infrastructure
Enhanced Employee Awareness and Education
Strengthened Employer Engagement
Increased EV Adoption
Collaboration with Key Stakeholders
In partnerships for Forth Mobility and Calstart
The Charge@Work project is meant to develop and execute a nationwide workplace charging program comprised of education, outreach and technical assistance activities that enables a large-scale increase in workplace charging. The project will gain employer commitments to adopt workplace charging programs and install charging ports at their workplaces with the end goal of catalyzing electric vehicle support equipment (EVSE) port installations.
SECo’s tasks include:
- Conducting outreach and education to employers
- Providing technical and policy assistance for assessing the demand for, installing, and
managing workplace charging
- Establishing a nationwide employee recognition program for offering workplace charging
- Collaborating with other DOE awardees working on nationwide workplace charging
- Developing and disseminating resources to assist employees in advocating for workplace charging
CSU Mobility and Energy Improvements
Thomas H. Bradley, Colorado State University
- Enable mobility and energy efficiency improvements from a synergistic combination of infrastructure-level and vehicle-level control
- Deep collaboration with municipalities, NREL and Clean Cities Coalitions to develop novel metrics, technologies, extension case studies, and outreach.
- Solve real-world transportation problems in local municipalities
- Technical demonstration of the mobility energy productivity effects of combined transportation system management and vehicle-level energy management
- Periodic public data and software released to GitHub on month 6, 12, 18, and 24 of the period of performance
- Final data publication to DOE SMART Mobility Lab Consortium
This project will address these key issues:
- The problem of traffic congestion along major transportation corridors of the municipality (College Ave. Fort Collins, Speer Blvd. Denver) and the potential to use TMS and CAVs to improve throughput on these corridors without modification of the physical roadway.
- The problem of the interface between bus rapid transit (BRT) and traffic at intersections (Mason St. Ft Collins, Colfax Ave. Denver). BRT uses dedicated lanes to skip queues and congestion along major transportation corridors, but BRT must still participate in signalized intersections at cross streets. Enabling prioritization and vehicle-level energy management control of these BRT vehicles is hypothesized to improve metrics of mobility energy productivity.
- The problem of through-town Class 8 freight truck transport (Shields Ave., Fort Collins, I-70/Colorado Blvd, Denver). Due to the growth of Class 8 truck transport, these municipalities face noise pollution, emissions, human health, and safety considerations due to a high volume of Class 8 trucks moving through town on surface streets. Enabling signal prioritization (which also enables platooning) and vehicle-level energy management control for these high-energy consumption, high emissions vehicles is hypothesized to improve metrics of mobility energy productivity.
East Zion National Park
EV Shuttle System Project
The East Zion National Park Electric Vehicle Shuttle System Project will demonstrate a small scale, environmentally-sound, zero-emission, electric vehicle shuttle system through the East entrance of Zion National Park. This project will prove viability of electric vehicles (EV) in a rugged environment with extreme temperature variations and difficult road conditions in Southern Utah. The project has been designed for universal scalability, with deployment in other high-traffic, environmentally sensitive National and State Parks throughout the United States in mind.
Methods to be Employed
In conjunction with the Utah Clean Cities Coalition, SECo will employ the following four steps as part of this project to prove the viability of a scalable EV shuttle at Zion National Park:
- Identify barriers to EV infrastructure and EV deployment
- Develop and demonstrate modern, advanced Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment infrastructure as a clean, reliable, time-efficient fueling source
- Acquire, deploy, and test two commercially available, 16-passenger Electric Vehicles, and develop two shuttle stops and one Shuttle Hub with EVSE
- Develop a complementary project that supports National Park’s in Northern Colorado current master plan with the intention to scale to other EV shuttle deployment projects.
- Heightened adoption and awareness for alternatively fueled transportation methods.
- Increased regional resiliency and connectivity.
- Reduced environmental impacts (energy consumption, pollution, and ambient noise)
- Improved guest experience due to reduced wait times and park traffic.
Each year, Clean Cities coalitions across the nation survey their stakeholders in order to measure the amount of petroleum displaced through the use of alternative fuels and petroleum reductions strategies. Those results are then aggregated in order to form a local and national picture of the petroleum reduction market throughout the country. In 2016, SECo stakeholders displaced 4.04 million gallons of petroleum and 20,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
Below, you can browse the full annual reports for our coalition. Within each one, alternative fuel projects are highlighted for local and statewide fleets and organizations. Details about each project are included, as well as the individual reductions of petroleum and greenhouse gases.
Annual Reports 2012-2020:
2020 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
2019 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
2018 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
2017 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
2016 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
2015 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
2014 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
2013 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
2012 Annual Petroleum Displacement Report
InfoGraphics / Documentation Support
Vehicle To Grid or V2G
Vehicle To Grid integration is a novel technology solution that should be built out in tandem with the expansion of electric vehicles and EV supply equipment. This document explores the basics of V2G, how it’s used, benefits and drawbacks, and specific case studies of who is experimenting with this integration around the globe. Since this technology is recently developed, this document will help spread awareness of its significance by providing a surface level understanding that can be shared with numerous stakeholders involved in the transition to electrification
Introduction to Electric Vehicles
The popularity of electric vehicles is expanding at unprecedented rates as a result of government incentives and programs dedicated to selling more EVs and building out EV infrastructure. One of the biggest concerns of this expansion is how it will impact the grid. This document serves as a resource to establish a basic understanding of how the grid works, entities involved, and how EVs fit in to the puzzle.