Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

 eNewsletter 12.21.10

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
News from around the world

Upcoming Events


Joe Schofer - Northwestern University

Denver Nixon - University of Western Ontario

Dates, times, locations TBA

Check for updates here


March 7-8, 2011

Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis

Click here for more information 


News from the DOE

Waste to Wheels: Fueling vehicles with natural gas from landfills and compost 
Success stories outline pathways to sustainable transportation solutions which could be implemented in Vermont. 
Conference website
Secretary Chu announces up to $184 million available for advanced vehicle research and development 
The department is seeking applications form industry, laboratory and university teams to address our transportation challenges.
DOE article
DOE project to get Mercedes-Benz fuel cell vehicles 
The project will bring vehicles with the latest technology advancements to US roadways and allow DOE to validate the technologies for ultimate market acceptance.
DOE article
News from the state

VT's high-speed rail project gets additional $2.7 million
The stimulus money will pay for new track that will allow trains to travel up to 79 miles per hour.
Brattleboro Reformer story

Bike Recycle Vermont seeks bike donations
Program accepts bicycles of all shapes and sizes and in all conditions.
More information

Burlington Bike Path Survey

Bike Path Task Force wants to hear from you on what the path needs as future improvements are considered.
Take the survey
News from around the US

Chevy Volt is headed to dealerships

Vehicles are on their way to launch markets in California, Texas, Washington DC, and New York.
Full story

EPA finalizes 2011 renewable fuel standards
Based on the standards, each producer and importer of gasoline and diesel determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must use in its transportation fuel.
Full story
California high-speed rail receives up to $624 million in additional federal funding
The funding is anticipated to further construction in the Central Valley toward another urban center.
Full story
Hertz to offer electric vehicles for rent
The rental company is planning to offer the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Smart electric drive, Nissan Leaf, Coda sedan, and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid to customers.
Full story
USS Prius
Navy Secretary Mabus has set a goal for the Navy to use alternative energy sources to provide 50 percent of the energy for all its ships, planes, vehicles, and shore installations by 2020.
Full story

4,400 pounds of Thanksgiving grease recycled as biofuel
Biodiesel from the community-collected grease will power diesel engines in Pima County, Arizona.
Full story
News from around the world

Nissan Leaf named European Car of the Year
Leaf becomes first electric vehicle to win the prestigious award.
Full story
Copenhagen plans bike superhighways
The jammed bike paths will be widened up to four yards on either side of the road, which itself will be reserved for buses only.
Full story

Biodiesel research shows positive results in Saskatchewan
The study indicates that using biodiesel has little impact on normal operation of agricultural equipment and does not necessarily require any changes for long-term fuel storage.
Full story 

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 May 31, 2011. For more info, call (866) 345-3390 ext 277 or click here.

GHG Offset Projects

The Climate Trust is seeking new, innovative and high-quality greenhouse gas (GHG) offset projects. Among the preferred projects are those that deal with transportation efficiency. There is no deadline for submitting project proposals but the first qualified proposals are the most likely to be funded.
For more info, contact Peter Weisberg at (503) 238-1915 x207 or click here.

National Clean Diesel Campaign

EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) advances strategies that move toward cleaner air by working with fleet operators, manufacturers, air quality professionals, environmental and community organizations, and state and local officials to reduce diesel emissions. The campaign has four programs: National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program; National Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program; SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program; and the State Clean Diesel Grant Program. Deadlines vary, but most are in January, 2011.  For more info, contact or click here.

DOE Biomass Program

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting applications for small-scale process integration projects that support the development of advanced biofuels. The biofuels could replace gasoline or diesel without requiring special upgrades or changes to the vehicle or fueling infrastructure. Applications are due February 7, 2011. For more info, contact or click here. 


DOE Vehicles Technology Program

The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies (VT) Program, is issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled "FY2011 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement." The mission of the VT program is to develop more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies for highway transportation vehicles (cars and trucks) that will meet or exceed performance expectations and environmental requirements, and enable America to use significantly less petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The VT program focuses on highway vehicles, which account for 55 percent of total U.S. oil use ─ more than all U.S. domestic oil production. Applications are due February 28, 2011. For more info, contact Jeffrey Kooser at or click here.


                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                    $ 3.12/gallon                     $ 89.40/barrel
One Month Ago        $ 3.01/gallon                     $ 80.50/barrel
One Year Ago          $ 2.68/gallon                     $ 78.05/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX

Best Regards,
Tom McGrath
Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

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