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5.24.11

   

Your clearinghouse for news, programs, and funding related to

reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont

 

IN THIS ISSUE:
News from the DOE
News from the state
News from around the US
News from around the world
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Upcoming Events

TRC Summer Brown Bag Series

brown bagJune 10: Zachary Patterson, Concordia University - "Transportation Land-use Linkages and Regional Sustainability"

July 15: Mary Dunlop, UVM School of Engineering - "Engineering New Research for Biofuel Production"

August 12: Kameron Harris, UVM - "Fulbright Studies in Chile: An Optimized Nighttime Bus Schedule for Transantiago"

All TRC summer brown bags are from 12:00-1:00 pm at Farrell Hall. Call 656-1312 for more information.

 

National Summer Transportation Institute

Applications are now being accepted for NSTI 2011, a summer institute for high school students held in August at UVM.  

For more info click here 

 

UVM Courses

Biomass to Biofuels: This course will provide participants with hands-on experience in various liquid, solid, and gaseous biofuels. On campus classes supplemented with field trips, talks, and equipment demonstrations. For more info click here 

 

Healthy Community Design: Health Impact Assessment and Other Tools to Evaluate and Promote Local Policy Change.

Focus will be on the intersect between land use, transportation and food/agricultural planning and population health. For more info click here

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News from the DOE

 

 

 

 

UVM's Dunlop Receives DOE Early Career Award 

Dr. Mary Dunlop of UVM's School of Engineering received a DOE Early Career Research Award for her research titled "Engineering Robust Hosts for Microbial Biofuel Production." Full Story   

   

Secretary Chu Highlights More than 1,800 Electric Vehicle Chargers Installed Under the Recovery Act

Under the Transportation Electrification Initiative, companies are developing, deploying, and analyzing EVs and EV infrastructure, and educating the public. DOE Article 

  

DOE and USDA Award Biomass Research and Development Grants 

These investments will help reduce U.S. oil imports, support economic development in rural America, and create clean energy jobs in rural America. DOE Article 

   

 

News from the state

casella cng logoCasella Waste Opens CNG Fueling Station 

Governor Peter Shumlin was on hand to express his support for this alternative approach to powering trucks. Full Story 

 

UTC Spotlight: UVM's TAQLab Works to Close Knowledge Gaps in Vehicle Tailpipe Emissions

Researchers comparing emissions from hybrid and nonhybrid vehicles have discovered surprising results. Full story 

 

Way to Go! Challenges Commuters  

Over 3,000 Vermonters signed up and received tentative calculations to cleaner air and cheaper travel.  

Full story

 

Senator Leahy Seeks Restoration of Vermont/Montreal Rail Service 

Vermont officials are working to re-establish service on the route that was suspended in the 1980s.

Full Story

News from around the US 

 

Honda Revs the Civic for US Natural Gas Push 

American Honda Motor plans to make Civic GX available in more states.

Full Story 

 

General Motors Leads in Clean Energy Patents 

GM believes energy alternatives and advanced technologies that help reduce dependence on petroleum, improve fuel economy, and reduce emissions are keys to developing sustainable transportation.

Full Story 

 

Complete Streets Bill Introduced in Congress 

State DOTs and MPOs would have to take pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, and motorists into account when developing transportation projects.

Full Story 

 

Amtrak Ridership Surges in April 

Ridership for the month was nearly 2.7 million passengers, an increase of 9.9% over April 2010, which keeps America's railroads on track to set a new annual ridership record.

Full Story 

 

AASHTO Approves New U.S. Bicycle Routes Across America 

The new routes are a step toward creating an official U.S. Bicycle Route System.

Full Story 

 

Cost/Benefit Analysis of Converting a Lane for Bus Rapid Transit 

BRT lines can transport large numbers of people efficiently and cost-effectively and can be an attractive way to get drivers out of their cars and onto transit.

NCHRP Report  

 

Boston to Offer Electric Car Charge Stations Near City Hall 

For the regular price of feeding the parking meter, drivers will be able to juice up their gas-free vehicles at no additional cost. 

Full Story 

 

Award-Winning Rideshare Program is a Win-Win for Washington State Ferries, Passengers

Program saves commuters time and money; also reduces traffic congestion and air pollution.

Full Story

  

  News from around the world

 

Opportunities for Australia as Europe seeks more biofuel 

EU plans to have 10% of their fuel derived from biomass by 2020.

Full Story 

 


German Company Invents Zero-Emission Power for RVs

The EFOY uses a $65 plug-in methanol cartridge that you get off the shelf in 1,500 convenience stores in Europe and 50 in Canada.

Full Story 

 

Indonesia: Gas-Powered Transportation: Why is it Moving so Slowly? 

The use of gas to fuel transportation vehicles is practiced widely in Pakistan, India, Argentina, Brazil, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Full Story 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

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 5/31/11. For more info, call (866) 345-3390 ext 277 or click here  

 

Biomass R&D 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy request proposals for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Projects must integrate the following technical areas: feedstocks development; biofuels and biobased products development; and biofuels and biobased products development analysis. Alongside integration of these areas, USDA specifically seeks farm and industrial demonstrations and analysis of using biodiesel to improve commercial grain and cellulosic ethanol production systems.  Up to $30 million expected to be available, up to 8 awards anticipated. Pre-applications are required and are due 5/31/11, final proposals  are due 10/4/11. For more info, contact Geoffrey Walker or click here

 

Clean Cities: Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure Planning

The U.S. Department of Energy requests proposals for Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. This RFP will serve as a pilot program to stimulate community-based electric vehicle infrastructure readiness planning and implementation activities in anticipation of larger electric vehicle deployment efforts in the future. $5 million expected to be available, up to 15 awards anticipated. Responses due 6/13/11. For more info, contact Sue Miltenberger or click here 

 

Feasibility Studies for Rural Renewables

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for Rural Energy for America Program - Feasibility. This program will provide support to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems. $2 million expected to be available, up to 75 awards anticipated. Responses due 6/30/11. For more info, contact Anthony Ashby or click here 

 

Fellowships: Investing in Innovative Clean Energy Technologies 

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Fellowships offer unique research opportunities to highly talented Ph.D. recipients to engage in innovative research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities that are conducting applied research in support of EERE. Applications due 6/30/11. For more info, contact the EERE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 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 



petrostats

Weekly

Petro-Stats


                              Gas at the Pump, VT        Crude Oil Futures 

 

Current                    $ 3.92/gallon                     $ 98.86/barrel

One Month Ago        $ 3.87/gallon                     $ 112.29/barrel

One Year Ago          $ 2.85/gallon                     $ 68.75/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.