Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 6.28.10

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 US

Upcoming Events


This lunchtime discussion series addresses critical issues in transportation.
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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Speakers include: Rich Cregar (Wake Tech Community College), Greg Topjian (Energyxtreme), Don Ostler (Green Mountain Coffee Roasters), Tom Moye (VT Agency of Natural Resources), Wayne Michaud (Idle-Free VT)
September 7, 2010
1:00 - 4:30 pm
Davis Center, UVM
Early-bird registration rates are now available.
October 24-27, 2010
Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center
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News from the DOE

DOE Makes Public Detailed Information on the BP Oil Spill
The U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE) Department is providing online access to schematics, pressure tests, diagnostic results and other data about the malfunctioning blowout preventer.
DOE Article
Powering the Cars of the Future        
Clean hydrogen fuel cells are moving closer to reality with help from DOE researchers and emissions-free nuclear power
DOE Article
News from the state

Clean coasts and efficient cars
VT Senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation that would ban offshore drilling along America's ocean coastlines and increase fuel efficiency in American cars. Press Release
Vermont lags in bike friendliness
League of American Bicyclists report drop's Vermont's national ranking to 34th. Rutland Herald article
Most of us don't realize and enjoy the benefits of using alternative transportation
Commuter recounts his shift to carpooling and taking the bus. Burlington Free Press article
News from around the US

National groups thank LaHood for leadership on bike/ped issues
Vermont's Local Motion among the hundreds of signatories from all fifty states.
Full story
Massachusetts governor announces GreenDOT, a comprehensive sustainable transportation initiative
MassDOT adopts a greenhouse gas reduction target, making climate-change emissions a key consideration in building and operating its transportation system. Press release
Think gas is too pricey? Think again
A look at the hidden costs of gasoline. Full story
New data shows bicycling and walking up by 25% since 2001
The U.S. Department of Transportation today released new data from the Federal Highway Administration's 2009 National Household Travel Survey. Full story
Fighting carbon emissions: cities take the lead
From Los Angeles to Amsterdam, city hall is becoming the best hope for climate action.
Full story
Mapping out an electric car future
Companies are starting to compete to provide services, but a dominant approach and standard have yet to emerge. Full story

Many spend more money on driving than groceries
Study shows that the average American household spent $5,477 on gasoline and other automotive expenses last year. Full story

Upgrading of Biomass Fast Pyrolysis Oil (Bio-oil)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement is requesting applications to develop integrated upgrading processes of bio-oil at the bench scale that: Demonstrate the capability of long term processing to address the corrosivity issues associated with stabilized bio-oil; Catalytically de-oxygenate the many molecular fragments that collectively comprise bio-oil; Demonstrate the ability to produce a final liquid transportation hydrocarbon fuel that can be blended at up to 30% by weight with ASTM petroleum fuels OR produce an upgraded bio-oil compatible with existing petroleum refining unit operations; Provide extensive supporting data on the physical and chemical property requirements of the petroleum operations to demonstrate the compatibility of the resulting liquid hydrocarbon product with petroleum refining unit operations. Final proposals are due July 9, 2010. For more info, contact Brenda L. Dias at or click here.
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. For more info, contact Brenda L. Dias at or click here.
Transit Investments for GHG and Energy Reduction
The U.S. Department of Transportation requests proposals for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction Program.  This RFP will provide financial support to public transit agencies for capital investments that will reduce the energy consumption or GHG emissions of their public transportation systems. $75 million expected to be available, up to 40 awards anticipated. Final proposals are due August 11, 2010. For more info, contact Walter Kulyk at or click here.
Great SmartWay Rebate Program
EPA New England has awarded over $1 million in Recovery Act / Clean Diesel funding to Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) to provide rebates for installing SmartWay verified technology upgrades on diesel trucks titled in the six New England states. Rebate requests must be submitted by August 31, 2010. For more info, call (503) 289-3579 or click here.



                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                     $ 2.77/gallon                     $ 76.10/barrel
One Month Ago        $ 2.85/gallon                     $  68.75/barrel
One Year Ago           $ 2.66/gallon                     $ 71.10/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.