Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
 eNewsletter 5.28.09
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Why Internal Combustion Is Doomed.  Comparing Gas To Electric Propulsion.

by Gary Flomenhoft

Internal combustion is so inefficient that it's doomed.  Why?  Because only 15% of the energy in fuel drives the wheels, and only about .3% moves the driver (Grabianowski).  The reason we use gasoline is because it stores a lot of energy, not because it's efficient.  Electric drive systems are far more efficient. Read the entire commentary.
Upcoming Events
  • "Climb the Bennington Monument"
    Presented by the American Lung Association
    June 6th, 2009

    Individuals will race or walk up 417 steps/34 flights of the Bennington Monument as fast as they can in honor or in memory of someone affected by lung disease or concerned about clean air. This is the only time during the year at the stairwell will be open to the public (it has been closed for 30 years) and this is the only Stair Climb event in the country that's in a historic monument. Transportation from Burlington to Bennington will be provided courtesy of Premier Coach Co. Inc, for 55 people.  Email Danielle Pinders at or call 802-876-6861. Event information and registration.

  • 2009 Summer Brown Bag Series
    Fridays, beginning June 5th at 12 noon
    Farrell Hall, Trinity Campus
    3rd Annual lunchtime discussion series, addressing critical issues in transportation. More information.

  • Driving Us Toward a Better Future: U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation And The Development of the Electric Car
    Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 11:00 am
    Lunch will be served.
    University of Vermont - Davis Center
    590 Main Street - Burlington, Vermont
    Featured speakers:
    • Michael Granoff - Head of Oil Independence Policies, Better Place
    • Bini Zomer - Deputy Director of Energy Policy & Government Affairs, AIPAC
    RSVP: click here or email
At this time, the TRC is anticipating filling the following positions:

Post-Doctoral Policy Research Fellow
News from the DOE

TransAtlas now available - This page provides options for viewing alternative fueling stations throughout the United States. The stations displayed have been independently verified by the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC). This interactive map uses a Google Maps interface to display the locations of existing and planned alternative fueling stations, alternative fuel production facilities, alternative fuel vehicle density, roads, and political boundaries. Users customize the information displayed simply by checking boxes for each element. Pan and zoom functions customize the display, and a print-ready version of the display can be generated. More information.
State News

Hinesburg Selectboard OKs zoning changes -
"The Hinesburg Selectboard recently adopted zoning and subdivision regulation changes that include new zoning districts, and it also adopted an official map for the village growth area. At least one resident is hoping the changes will pave the way for a new drug store, and others hope for a pedestrian-friendly town." ... Full story [Burlington Free Press, May 25, 2009]

School receives grant to ease walking, biking - Union Elementary School is getting an extra leg up in the effort to get more students walking and biking to school with money from the Safe Routes to School program.... Full story [Times Argus, May 18, 2009].
Federal Action
Vermont Clean Cities Coalition President Obama Announces National Fuel Efficiency Policy
May 19, 2009 - The President of the United States has set in motion a new national policy aimed at both increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for all new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. The new standards, covering model years 2012-2016, will ultimately require an average fuel economy standard of 35.5 mpg in 2016. Full story
News from VCCC
NGV Workshop - 5/27/09 - Fifty public and private fleet operators gathered at the UVM Davis Center on May 27th to learn about Natural Gas Vehicles at an all day workshop co-sponsored by the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition, UVM Transportation Research Center, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Air Pollution Control Division and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation. Workshop sessions covered economic, environmental and energy security market drivers; "NGV 101" basics; available vehicles and engines; fuel station development, ownership and operations options; federal and state tax incentives and grants; and a review of economic payback and life-cycle costs analysis for a variety of light-, medium- and heavy-duty fleet applications. Presentations will be available on the VCCC website shortly.

Julie Potter from CCRPC (right) is engaged in a discussion with a representative from Vermont Gas at the Natural Gas Vehicles Workshop on May 27th. In the center is a map of Vermont Gas' distribution network.

The Vermont Clean Cities Coalition has submitted a grant application in response to the DOE ARRA 2009 Petroleum reduction solicitation.  The VCCC served as the lead in a 5 state (VT, NH, ME, RI and MA), 30 partners collaborative that will create or retain 148 jobs, deploy 81 Alternative Fueled vehicles, Six new alternative fuel fueling stations will be developed or updated. (4 CNG, 1 Propane and one Hydrogen) and 706,364 gallons of gasoline will be displaced annually.  Notice of awards will be made in August, 2009.
Best regards,

Karen Glitman, Director, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

Funding for the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is provided by the US Department of Energy and the Vermont Department of Public Service.

                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                     $2.393/gallon                      $64.71/barrel
One Month Ago        $2.020/gallon                      $48.09/barrel
One Year Ago           $3.870/gallon                      $131.21/barrel

Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX