Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

December 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

 

Free Training Courses at Vermont Technical College 

January 4, 2013: Intro to Electric Drive Vehicles 

February 15, 2013: Auto Body Technician: Hybrid Vehicle Repair and Service  

March 16-17, 2013: Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance 

 

Idle Free Fleets Conference

January 15, 2013

West Valley City, Utah

Hosted by Utah Clean Cities Coalition and Kennecott Utah Copper

 

World LNG Fuels Conference

January 21-23, 2013

Houston, TX

Michael Laurent will describe Omya's LNG project operations in Florence, VT

 

Biomass to Biofuels Course

4 credits, January 25 to April 26, 2013

Fridays and Saturdays 1:00 pm-4:30pm

Location: UVM Campus and throughout Vermont for field trips and hands-on experience

 

Green Truck Summit

March 5-6, 2013

Indiana Conference Center, Indianapolis, IN

Held in conjunction with NTEA's Work Truck Show

 

ACT Expo

June 24-27, 2013

Washington, DC

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Clean Cities!

Discount rates for VTCCC stakeholders

Contact Tom McGrath for more details

 

DOE News

 

DOE and EPA Release Annual Fuel Economy

Guide with 2013 Models

Notable this year is the growing availability of hybrids and the increasing number of electric vehicles.   

 

54.5 MPG and Beyond: Materials Lighten the Load for Fuel Economy 

By 2030, U.S. could save 5B gallons of fuel a year if 1/4 of cars used light¬weight materials & high-efficiency engines. 

 

Energy Department Announces New Funding to Reduce Cost of Producing Advanced Drop-in Biofuels

These projects will help improve the carbon, hydrogen, and separation efficiencies in bio-oil production and upgrade processes to meet these goals.    

Vermont News

   

Officials Weigh In on Future of Transportation

Dollars 

Panelists offered perspectives based on a range of experience, position, and outlook on the future of funding for our transportation systems. 


The survey reveals current attitudes and comparisons with the two previous efforts.

   

Clinics are now free for employers in Chittenden County that participate in the Go Chittenden transportation demand management (TDM) initiative. 

 

Windham Regional Mobility Study Completed  

The primary goal of the study was to identify opportunities to better coordinate, and integrate, transportation resources to improve efficiency and mobility, and to identify possible new transportation resources.
 
National News

 

Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Website

Goes Live

Site contains outreach documents on information, planning, guidance, and analysis for electric vehicle deployment. 

 

Rhode Island to Get Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Funding from the federal American Resources and Recovery Act will pay for charging station equipment, wiring and construction costs of at least 30 EVSE. 

 

Bangor Gas announces Maine's First Public Compressed Natural Gas Station

The station will be used to help Bangor Gas fuel its fleet of CNG-fueled vehicles and fill trucks to transport CNG used for heating to customers locally and in other parts of the state. 

 

Roush Steps Up Propane for Transit  

Moves include Executive Director for Transit Fleet Sales. 

 

AMP Americas Announces Trucking Fleet Operating From Renewable Natural Gas

42 CNG milk-transport trucks now run on renewable CNG made from manure sourced at the dairy in Indiana. 

 

International News

Electric Vehicles May Be Only Vehicles Exempt
From London Congestion Fee 
The congestion charge appears to be enough to discourage some people from driving.   
  
The "superbus initiative" is an EU project partly funded by the Delegation for Sustainable Cities and the European Regional Development Fund.

The government will cover 50% of the total purchase and installation cost of installing a 240-volt charging station at a home or workplace, up to a rebate limit of $1,000. 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES


2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health issues in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain and sustain the partnerships, but also working towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues.

 

Applicants must be incorporated non-profits, federally recognized tribal governments, or tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities to understand and address local environmental and public health issues. EPA will host four pre-application teleconference calls to help applicants understand the requirements. Applications are due 1/7/13. For more information click here.  


Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program

EPA annually awards grants and cooperative agreements under the Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program to support pollution prevention/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects that reduce or eliminate pollution at the source. The grant program does not support projects that rely on reducing pollution by using recycling, clean-up, treatment, disposal or energy recovery activities. EPA will issue the awards in the form of grants and/or cooperative agreements. All funding will be awarded and managed by the EPA Regional P2 Program Offices. All estimates are subject to the availability of Congressional appropriations. Applications are due 2/5/13. For more info contact Michele Amhaz or click here.    

  

Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways

This FOA will focus on moving knowledge and understanding of basic or fundamental principles observed at Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 1 into practical, applied research and development at TRLs 2-3 or beyond. The results of the experimental data produced at TRLs 2-3 should validate the researcher's analytical predictions and lead to inventions or innovations that help overcome key technical barriers to improved yield and economic feasibility of producing biofuels via thermochemical, direct liquefaction pathways. Specifically, this FOA will focus on three barriers repeatedly identified at CTAB and in the RFI: 1) carbon efficiency: developing selective fractionation and separation systems in bio-oil processing; 2) hydrogen efficiency: improving H2 production, use, and transfer in biomass liquefaction and bio-oil upgrading; and 3) separations efficiency: developing technologies for use and mitigation of the aqueous fraction of bio-oil. Applications are due 2/13/13. For more info contact Brenda L. Dias or click here.    

  

Go Vermont Grassroots Grants For Energy Committees

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Public Transit Section is offering grants to municipalities to assist in building a statewide outreach and advocacy network for the Go Vermont Program (www.connectingcommuters.org). VTrans will provide a $500 grant to participating municipal energy committees. Go Vermont is a web-based clearinghouse for all transportation modes in Vermont, featuring an automated carpool, vanpool and public transit matching service, a vanpool program, information for State Park and Ride locations, and a link to "511" traffic conditions. The project objectives are as follows:

  • Broaden Go Vermont outreach efforts
  • Build relationships with local committees and advocates
  • Identify local and regional transportation priorities and activities
  • Increase traffic to the Go Vermont website and tools (www.connectingcommuters.org)
  • Focus regional and local initiatives and advocacy efforts.
  • The ultimate goal of this program is to increase program awareness, carpool registrations, numbers of van-pools and general activity on the Go Vermont website.

For more information contact Ross MacDonald or click here

petrostats

Weekly

Petro-Stats


                         Gas at the Pump, VT        Crude Oil Futures 

 

Current                   $ 3.54/gallon                     $ 89.47/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.69/gallon                     $ 87.92/barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.36/gallon                     $ 97.37/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.