Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 5.27.10

Your clearinghouse for news, programs, and funding related to
reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont

Upcoming Events
News from the DOE
News from the state
News from around the world

Weekly Petro-stats

Upcoming Events


This lunchtime discussion series addresses critical issues in transportation.
June 4; June 18; July 9; July 23, Aug 6; Aug 20
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Farrell Hall, Trinity Campus, UVM
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Residential institute for high school students. Full scholarships available for all admitted students. Applications still being accepted.
August 1-13, 2010
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Early-bird registration rates are now available.
October 24-27, 2010
Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center
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Lecture and discussion will cover biofuel transportation, home heating, and electrical generation. Option to earn credit through UVM.
June 18-20; August 27-29, 2010
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News from the DOE

Secretary Chu Issues Washington University Commencement Address
"A second industrial revolution is needed to provide the world's energy needs in an environmentally sustainable way." DOE Article
DOE, USDA Announce Funding for Biomass Research and Development Initiative
The U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) jointly announced up to $33 million in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products. DOE Article

News from the state

Bourne's wins governor's award
Addition of hybrid trucks earns Bourne's Energy of Morrisville the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention.Stowe Reporter article
Early steps taken to rebuild VT passenger rail service
The federal government is providing $500,000, matched by $250,000 each from Vermont and New York, to look at a study that could ultimately establish a continuous line from New York City to Burlington. Rutland Herald article
Terry Precision Cycling moves headquarters to Burlington
Manufacturer of women's bicycles and apparel opens offices and shipping facility.
WPTZ story

News from around the US

FTA chief: Improving transit means making difficult choices
Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff gives keynote speech at the conference "Next Stop: A Summit on the Future of Transit" in Boston. Full Story

Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
President Obama seeks tougher mileage, efficiency standards
Sets the nation's sights on vehicles that run on half the fuel they now use and give off half the pollution. Full Story

National Bike to Work Day a success
Event's popularity mirrors an increase in bike commuting. Full Story

17 Hybrid electric vehicles join UPS fleet in Washington, DC
The 200 new HEV package cars are expected to reduce fuel consumption by roughly 176,000 gallons over the course of a year. Full Story
New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosts Formula Hybrid International Competition
The event began with two teams in 2006. Thirty teams registered this year. Full Story
Navistar fills first order for electric truck
Recovery Act-funded eStar can go 100 miles on a charge and run a truck at a top speed of 50 mph. Full Story


Locomotive Biofuel Study
This study will focus on determining the extent to which freight railroads, Amtrak, and other passenger rail operators could use biofuel blends to power locomotives and other vehicles that can operate on diesel fuel, as appropriate. Additionally, the study will focus on the feasibility of using readily biodegradable lubricants for freight and passenger railroad locomotives, rolling stock, or other equipment.  Deadline: June 7, 2010. More information

National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
The NSF is also offering SBIR Phase I funding opportunities for environmental technologies. Proposed topics include bioenergy technology, energy supply and use, and energy transportation and fuels.  Final proposals are due June 9, 2010. More information

Biomass Research and Development Initiative
This funding opportunity announcement is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy to support development of the following: Technologies and processes necessary for abundant commercial production of biofuels at prices competitive with fossil fuels; high-value biobased products; and a diversity of economically and environmentally sustainable domestic sources of renewable biomass for conversion to biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products.Final proposals are due July 13, 2010. More information


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                     $  2.85/gallon                     $  68.75/barrel
One Month Ago        $  2.89/gallon                     $  84.05/barrel
One Year Ago           $ 2.39/gallon                      $ 64.71/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX

Best Regards,
Karen Glitman
Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

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