Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

January 2013

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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

 

Vermont Clean Cities Annual Survey

Please help VTCCC collect data on petroleum reduction projects in Vermont.

Click here to take the survey and add your activities on fuel efficiency, alternative fuel use, anti-idling, VMT reduction, and more.

 

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

 

Free Training Courses at Vermont Technical College

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

March 16-17, 2013: Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance 

 

VTCCC Stakeholders Meeting

Clean Fleet Solutions

February 28, 2013 

8:00-10:30am 

Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM 

Featured Speaker: Larry Beaulieu, UPS East Region Automotive Manager

Full agenda to be released soon 

Please click here to register

 

Green Truck Summit

March 5-6, 2013

Indiana Conference Center, Indianapolis, IN

Held in conjunction with NTEA's Work Truck Show. Join VTCCC coordinator Tom McGrath to view the latest fuel efficiency technologies and alternative fuel vehicles.  

 

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

 

Clean Cities TRS Questions of the Month 

DOE News

 

Energy Department Awards $10 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bio-based Products 

Funding will go to five projects in California, Washington, Maryland, and Texas that will develop new technologies to convert biomass into advanced biofuels and bioproducts.    

 

Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended 

The Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the investment tax credits will be extended through the end of the year under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

 

Vermont News

   

$12 Vermont In-State Amtrak Fare Continued for 2013 

Explore Vermont onboard the Vermonter or Ethan Allen Express and a one-way ticket is just $12 when booked by December 30, 2013. 


Biking and Walking Supports 1,400 Jobs in Vermont   

In 2012, the State of Vermont completed an economic impact study that yielded interesting results.
 

Structure designed to optimize the performance of electric vehicles in cold weather climates.

   

National News

 

Nissan Brings New, U.S. Assembled Leaf to Market with Major Price Reduction 

Available federal and state incentives can bring price down to less than $19,000.  

 

Staten Island Ferry Goes Green With LNG

In a bid to save fuel and reduce emissions, the Staten Island Ferry will convert a boat to run on liquified natural gas, a move that will halve fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.  

 

Fiscal Bill Gives Maine Biofuel Maker an Extra Spark 

The tax credit will help the company buy a second truck to collect used fry oil and expand its 11-person staff. 

 

Energy Vision Releases New Report on RNG 

The new report scans our nation's opportunities, obstacles and progress in tapping a vast resource of organic wastes that can be converted into renewable natural gas vehicle fuel.

 

Parros: CNG Trucks "A Perfect Fit"

Leasing CNG powered tractors from Ryder for its distribution operation is proving to be an all around winning solution for 99-cent Only Stores and the communities it serves. 

 

International News
 

In a nation where high car taxes are the norm, the Norwegian government doesn't levy import taxes on EVs. 


Many other findings in report 'Attitudes of Europeans Towards Air Quality.'

Iran Drives Forward with Natural Gas Cars
The number of dual-fuel cars manufactured in Iran has risen from 1,500 in 2006 to 2.95m this year, while the number of compressed natural gas filling stations in the country has mushroomed from 60 to about 2,000.   

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES


FREE 8-Hour First Responder Safety Online Training for Electric Drive Vehicles

Not all firefighters are able to participate in classroom-based training due to location, cost, and time constraints. Because of this, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is exited to announce a limited number of firefighter scholarships to obtain FREE online Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training. The NAFTC's award-winning Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will equip firefighters with the knowledge they need to safely respond to automotive incidents involving electric drive vehicles, including:  

- Hybrid Electric Vehicles  

- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles  

- Battery Electric Vehicles  

- Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

 

Participants in the self-paced, eight-hour Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training online course will learn about different electric drive vehicle configurations and their built-in safety systems, how to identify an electric drive vehicle at an accident scene, battery technologies, electric vehicle systems, and how to approach, assess, and secure advanced electric drive vehicles. Participants will also complete online modules for personal protective equipment and gear, crash and fire, and extrication. 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                   $ 3.55/gallon                     $ 96.27/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.53/gallon                     $ 89.47/barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.52/gallon                     $ 98.98/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.