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.
Funded in-part by the Colorado Energy Office
Charging station grant opportunities and assistance
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH AND WORKSHOPS
Ride and drive events
Charge Ahead Colorado provides incentives for electric vehicles and charging stations across Colorado. Save Energy Coalition manages the counties of Jackson, Grand, Larimer, Weld, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Yuma, and Washington. Funding has been expanded from local governments and landlords to state agencies, public universities, public transit agencies, private non-profit corporations, and for-profit corporations. Several rounds of funding will be open per year.
RAQC and CEO will fund 80% of the cost of a charging station up to the following set maximums:
- Level 2, Fleet Only Charging Stations: $6,000
- Level 2, Dual Port Station: $9,000
- Level 3, Multiple Connection Standard Station: $30,000 (The Colorado Energy Office will provide an additional $5,000 for Level 3 charging station projects outside of the seven county Denver Metro Area.)
- Ultra-fast DCFC, Multiple Connection Standard Station (minimum 100kW+): $50,000 (one award available per organization per round)
Connect with our free ReCharge Coach
ReCharge Coaches help consumers, local governments, workplaces and multi-unit housing developments identify monetary savings, grant opportunities and other advantages related to deploying EVs and charging infrastructure. ReCharge Coaches help build local stakeholder support for EV adoption and leverage these networks to drive EV sales and participation in available funding opportunities.
• Charging Station Grant Opportunities and Assistance
• Educational Outreach and Workshops/Webinars
• Equipment Infrastructure Advising
• Dealership and Service Support
• OEM Group Buys
• Experiential Ride and Drive Events
School District Projects
Electric School Bus Introduction
View our technical assistance video series for K-12 schools interested in implementing electric school buses.
The series kicks off with an introduction to Clean Cities and a discussion about how local Clean Cities coalitions can provide education and technical assistance throughout the implementation process, as well as an introduction to electric school buses, key decision factors, charging infrastructure, and vehicle availability.
PART 1 : Electric School Bus Introduction
PART 2 : Working with Electric Utilities
PART 3 : Vehicle Requirements
PART 4 : Charging Infrastructure
PART 5 : Infrastructure Planning and Solutions
PART 6 : Vehicle In Use Performance
School District Roundtable
Learn about tips, resources, and mobility solution pathways for Colorado School Districts.
March 14th, 2023
09:00 AM (Virtual)
June 14th, 2023
09:00 AM (Virtual)
August 17th, 2023
09:00 AM (Virtual / In-Person)
November 15th, 2023
09:00 AM (Virtual)
- Aspen County School District
- Aspen School District
- Aurora Public Schools
- Boulder Valley School District
- Buena Vista School District
- City of Fort Collins
- Denver Public Schools
- Durango School District
- Hayden School District
- James Irwin Charter Schools (CO Springs)
- Steamboat Springs School District
- Vail Valley Foundation
- West Grand School District
SAVE CLEAN CO – VISION
ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY
INFRASTRUCTURE / EQUIPMENT
Our vision is to create a sustainable and equitable future for rural communities by providing accessible and reliable Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles (MHDVs). We believe that transitioning to EVs is a critical step towards reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality, and we are committed to supporting this transition in rural areas where access to clean energy and transportation options is limited.
Our goal is to build a comprehensive network of MHDV charging stations that are strategically located throughout rural communities, enabling drivers to travel long distances without worrying about range limitations. We aim to provide a seamless charging experience, with state-of-the-art technology and easy-to-use interfaces that are accessible to all users.
We are dedicated to working with rural communities, businesses, and government agencies to ensure that our charging infrastructure is designed to meet the unique needs and challenges of these areas. We are committed to providing reliable and affordable charging solutions that support the growth of rural economies and help to build a more sustainable future for all.
Overall, our vision is to empower rural communities with the tools and resources they need to transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future, and we believe that EV charging infrastructure for MHDVs is a critical piece of this puzzle.
Alternative Fuel Corridor Development
SECo is apart of the Clean Cities Alternative Fuel corridor development project to advance corridor development. We organize and facilitate alternative fuel infrastructure planning activities, alternative fuel corridor development (including support of the FAST Act Section 1413, Alternative Fuel Corridor Designation initiative activities), research and preparation of alternative fueling readiness plans, and planning for future fueling infrastructure development where current corridor gaps exist.
Scenic Byways – Official Site
Scenic Byways are an integral part of traveling, especially in Colorado! Within our corridor projects, we make sure to advance these infrastructure technologies along scenic byways to not only preserve the byways but to enable all fuel vehicles to enjoy their beauty.
Check out the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Electric Byways toolkit or reach out to us to learn more.
CORWest – Official Site
In partnership with Utah Clean Cities and NASEO, and our 8 State partnerships, this project aims to remove barriers to enable private station development, identify key infrastructure gaps and develop solutions to deploy charging stations in rural regions required to complete corridors, and develop replicable tools to encourage consumer awareness around EV options and benefits.
REV West – Official Site
In October 2017, the Governors of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Regional Electric Vehicle Plan for the West (“REV West Plan”).
Under the REV West Plan, the Signatory States are working together to create an interconnected Intermountain West Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an EV across the western states’ major transportation corridors. Photo Credit: Moffat County Tourism Association
We are proud to be a part of many projects that aim to advance our corridor development across the intermountain west and beyond. We envision a future where all fuel types can travel across the country without worry of fueling stations or limitations. The below projects will help us achieve these goals and establish long lasting partnerships.
Do you have a location that would
benefit from a charging station,
or do you want to learn more?
CSU Mobility and Energy Improvements
Thomas H. Bradley, Colorado State University
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Northern Colorado Clean Cities
- Denver Metro Clean Cities
- Western Michigan 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
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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.
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