It is important that we take steps today to foster a sustainable environment for future generations. My office helped launch the Colorado Hydrogen Coalition, now a part of the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association. The coalition is collaborating with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support hydrogen fuel cell technologies and working with NREL, Denver Metro Clean Cities, state agencies and other interests to promote hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and other fuel cell technologies in Colorado. Zero emission vehicles like fuel cell electric cars and renewable energy like hydrogen are key to energy independence, clean air and a healthier environment in our future.
My office continued to work with the Colorado Energy Coalition to create the infrastructure necessary to support alternative fuel vehicles. As a result, Colorado enacted legislation in March requiring state regulation of fuel station dispensing of hydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles. We have collaborated with DEH to seek a portion of the $61 million VW settlement fund for fuel cell station infrastructure and vehicles. My office has also closely tracked the work underway at the Regional Air Quality Control Commission and Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment to enact more aggressive air pollution controls for the Denver region. The area was recently re-designated to the worst ozone pollution status since the 1990’s. I have been working with DEH to understand the control strategies and potential ramifications for Denver residents, local governments, transportation systems and projects.
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