Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

May 2012

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Welcome to the VTCCC Newsletter:

Your clearing house for news, programs, and funding information related to reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont.


Upcoming Events


TRC Summer Brown Bag Series

Select Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00pm at Farrell Hall

June 15: Vermont's Infrastructure Report Card

June 22: Massachusetts Plugs In: Lessons from the Bay State

June 29: Total Failure: Political Decision-Making and the Gasoline Tax

Complete list and more info here


National Summer Transportation Institute

July 29 - August 10, 2012

The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) is a fun, interactive two-week residential camp for high school students held at the University of Vermont.

Apply here


Green Your Fleet Workshop

June 1, 2012

Nashua Community College, Nashua NH

Hosted by the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition

Register here


DOE News


Energy Department Offers $5 Million to Spur EV and Alt Fuels Adoption 

Clean Cities is making approximately $5 million available for community readiness projects for all alternative fuels.


EcoCAR2 Teams Start their Virtual Engines

As the auto industry introduces more alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles to dealerships across the U.S., teams of university students are also making sure consumers have more choices on the showroom floor.



Vermont News


Mayor Weinberger Promotes Transportation Alternatives During "Way to Go!" Multi-Modal Tour 

Modes of transportation included walking, riding the bus, cycling, and car-sharing.


Rural Transit: Sometimes You Can Get  

There From Here

A partnership between Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) and Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) that resulted in the new Route 116 Commuter Route is an example of how it can be accomplished.


National News


NRG Energy Prepares to Deliver $100M to California for Plug-In Car Infrastructure

The eVgo Freedom Stations' level-three DC fast chargers, each capable of putting a 50 percent charge on a fully electric vehicle in fifteen minutes, will constitute the U.S.' biggest fast-charger network.


Landfill Processing Providing Fuel for


The Louisiana plant is capable of processing 50 cubic feet of methane gas per minute, turning that into 250 gallons of vehicle fuel a day at a cost of less than $2 per gasoline equivalent.


U.S. Biodiesel Production Record High in 2011

Soybean oil was the country's largest biodiesel feedstock in 2011.


Businesses Abandon Transport Fossil Fuels in Search of "Green Fleets" 

A new report has found that one in four business leaders have either implemented alternative transport fuel policies or are actively pursuing them.


GM Says Volt Owners Saved 2.1 Million volt 

Gallons of Gas 

The extended-range plug-ins have logged more than 40 million miles on electricity alone.



International News


British Columbia Announces $62 Million Incentive Program to Promote Adoption of Natural Gas Vehicles

Program expects to incentivize purchase of over 1,000 heavy-duty natural gas trucks and related infrastructure.


Over 300 Million Electric Two-Wheel

Vehicles Will Be Sold in Asia Pacific

Through 2018

In many places, scooters, motorcycles, and bicycles are designed to carry additional cargo and people and, therefore, are more accommodating to families.   


Why There's No War Between Drivers and Cyclists in the Netherlands

There's even a bicycle road test that Dutch children are required to take at age 12 in order to prove that they are responsible cycling citizens.  




Shorepower Truck Electrification Project and Rebate Program 

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the U. S. Department of Energy is funding a project with Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS) to install electrified truck parking at fifty truck stop locations along the nation's busiest freight movement corridors. To accelerate the use of truck stop electrification, the project also includes over $10 million in idle reduction equipment rebates for devices on medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks that incorporate electric standby operation or run on battery power to eliminate engine idling during mandated rest periods. The STEP Rebate program will offer incentives up to 20% of the installed equipment price or a maximum amount by category for equipment that can hook up to the power grid or operate on battery power to eliminate engine idling. Applications due 3/31/13. For more info click here.


National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

EPA's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program awards competitive grants to fund projects that reduce emissions from existing diesel engines through a variety of strategies. These strategies include, but are not limited to, emission control and idle reduction technologies; cleaner fuels; engine upgrades or replacements; and/or vehicle or equipment replacements. Under this grant program, funding is restricted to the use of technologies, fuels, and engines that have been verified or certified by EPA or California Air Resources Board (CARB). Applications due 6/4/12. For more info contact John Rogan or click here.


Fuel Cell Powered Airport Ground Support Equipment Deployment

With this FOA, DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Program seeks applications for projects to demonstrate and deploy fuel cell hybrid ground support equipment (GSE) vehicles at airport and/or air freight distribution center sites. Packaged solutions for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems (5 to 20 kW) fueled by hydrogen with the ability to power a baggage tow tractor with 3,000 to 6,000 pounds (1,362 to 2,722 kg) towing capability for a minimum of 10 hours of continuous operation and 5000 total hours are sought. Applications must focus on developing, deploying, and validating systems in the field under real world operating conditions. The target market is commercial airports and air freight distribution centers used by passenger airlines and air freight industries. Approximately $2,500,000 in FY 2012 DOE funding is expected to be available for new awards under this announcement. DOE anticipates making 1-3 awards under this announcement depending on the size of the awards. Applications due 6/11/12. For more info contact Scott Schmitz or click here.


Clean Cities - Implementation Initiatives to Advance Alternative Fuel Markets

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking applications that address and assist in reducing multiple barriers to alternative fuel vehicle adoption and use. Overall, this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued on behalf of EERE by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), aims to decrease the nation's dependence on petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the deployment of alternative fuels. The Clean Cities program has identified the following four critical areas that provide significant obstacles to alternative fuel vehicle use: 1) Policies, 2) Barrier Reduction, 3) Safety and Training, and 4) Market Development/Outreach. The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program wishes to fund projects that target and remedy these specific obstacles to alternative fuel vehicle adoption and use in local, regional and/or statewide sectors and niche markets. Applications due 6/18/12. For more info contact Kellyn L. Cassell or click here.






                         Gas at the Pump, VT        Crude Oil Futures 


Current                   $ 3.83/gallon                     $ 92.45/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.83/gallon                     $ 104.44/barrel

One Year Ago          $ 3.92/gallon                     $ 98.86/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.