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June 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 29: Total Failure: Political Decision-Making and the Gasoline Tax (Richard Watts, UVM) 


July 13: Vermont's Future Electric Vehicle Fleet and the Grid (Asa Hopkins, DPS) 


July 20: The Future of Regional Public Transportation (Bill Watterson, CCTA)


Complete list and more info here


Electric Vehicle Demonstration

August 8, 1pm

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

128 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington

For more info, contact Tim Andreasen




DOE News


Chu: U.S. Must Become Leader in Low-Cost

Electric Vehicles 

The goal is to produce and sell unsubsidized plug-in electric vehicles within 10 years that are comparable in cost with conventional vehicles.


Energy Department and National Park Service Announce Clean Cities Partnership to Drive Sustainable National Parks 

Each of these five national parks is collaborating with at least one of the Energy Department's Clean Cities coalitions to choose the best clean energy options for its fleet.


Argonne Sets Sights on Natural Gas Cars, Trucks 

As the US' huge natural gas reserves have sparked an interest in natural gas-powered vehicles, the lab is hoping to use its state-of-the-art automotive research facilities to lead the way in natural-gas vehicle testing.



Vermont News


State Awarded $7.9 Million for Rail Project 

Gov. Peter Shumlin said the project "is a critical step in our plan to restore passenger rail service to Montreal."


St. Paul Street Selected For Transit Center 

CCTA wants to build a new facility that will provide riders with indoor waiting areas, restrooms and ticket counters.


Car Park as Energy Bank: Norwich Student

Envisions Garage of the Future 

Montpelier would be able to draw on the charged car batteries during peak hours, when it ordinarily has to seek power from sources many miles away.


CCTA Announces Improved Trip Planning with Launch of Google Transit

Users of Google Transit need only enter their trip start and end points, and Google Transit provides specific directions and information to complete the trip, including bus times, stop locations, and any necessary transfers.


National News


NBB Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians Curriculum Receives Automotive Service Excellence Accreditation

Biodiesel has taken a leap forward in becoming fully integrated into the education that diesel mechanics receive.


Shell Investing $300M To Fuel LNG-

Powered Trucks 

The oil and gas giant will pay the costs of setting up 200 LNG pumps at 100 locations in the Travel Centers of America chain.


GE Opens Vehicle Innovation Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Showcasing the latest in a growing array of alternative fuel vehicles in electric, natural gas, propane, hydrogen and other formats, the center gives GE's commercial customers the opportunity to learn about and test drive numerous alternative fuel cars and trucks.


Public Transit Ridership Continues to Grow, Report Finds 

The first quarter of 2012 now marks the fifth consecutive quarter public transit ridership has grown.


Charging an Electric Car in Boston can 

be Free, Easy  

The streets of Boston aren't exactly clogged with electric cars. But in asking around, I found a handful of people who routinely look for a place to plug in.



International News


Saab Auto Sold to China-Japan Buyer in Electric-Vehicle Push

The first electric vehicle under the plan will be based on Saab's 9-3 car and will go on sale early in 2014, with China as the main market.


Ottawa to Probe Performance of Alternative

-Powered Vehicles

Transport Canada's ecoTechnology for Vehicles program will start to investigate the safety and environmental performance of electric, liquefied natural gas and hydrogen vehicles, in the next year.


Delhi Tackles Air Pollution With More Auto Rickshaws

The city has rolled out one of the world's largest fleets of vehicles fueled with compressed natural gas.   




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.


Propane Mower End-User Incentive Program

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is seeking a limited number of customers to participate in the End-User Propane Mower Incentive Program. This program is a research initiative that rewards customers with a $1,000 incentive toward the incremental cost of a new, dedicated propane mower in exchange for their commitment to provide feedback about mower performance and usage during the mowing season. Any new, dedicated propane mower with a 60-72 inch cutting deck is eligible for the program. Participating customers can purchase up to 10 eligible mowers with program incentives through any mower dealer across the nation. For more info contact Alison Dimond or click here.


NFPA EV Safety Training

First responders across the country can now apply for financial assistance to receive the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Electric Vehicle Safety Training, a nationwide program designed to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States. Fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) providers are eligible to apply for grants available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter's Grant Program (AFG). Applications due 7/6/12. For more info contact AFG Help Desk or click here.


VTrans Transportation Enhancement Grants

Transportation Enhancements (TE) activities are federally funded, community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. The TE program operates under the belief that transportation funding should focus on more than just roads. TE projects can include creation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, streetscape improvements, refurbishment of historic transportation facilities, and other investments that enhance communities and access. These projects are funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) via Congressional surface transportation legislation. Letters of intent due 7/13/12. For more info contact Kevin Russell or click here.






                         Gas at the Pump, VT        Crude Oil Futures 


Current                   $ 3.60/gallon                     $ 78.83/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.83/gallon                     $ 92.45/barrel

One Year Ago          $ 3.73/gallon                     $ 91.31/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.