Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

June 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

 

 UVM TRC Summer Brown Bag Series

Select Fridays, 2013

12:00-1:00 pm  

Farrell Hall, UVM

More info here 

 

 National and Vermont Bike Challenge 

May 1-September 30, 2013

Join a team and compete!

Great prizes every month 

More info here

 

ACT Expo

June 24-27, 2013

Washington, DC

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Clean Cities!

 

 Biomass to Biofuels  

Begins August 26, 2013

4 credit course at UVM

Includes field trips and hands-on experience 

More info here

 

CNG Fleet Workshop  

November 13, 2013

Save the date!

Location TBD 

More info coming soon

 

CNG and Propane 1st Responders Training  

December 6, 2013

Vermont Technical College

Randolph, VT 

More info coming soon

 

Clean Cities TRS Question of the Month 
 DOE News

 

Available On-line: 20th Anniversary

Edition of Clean Cities Now 

Clean Cities Celebrates Two Decades of Cutting Petroleum Use.   

 

EERE Releases Well-to-Wheels and Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Light-Duty Vehicles 

Analysis considers a wide range of fuels and fuel sources. 

 

Drivers Can Compare Gasoline and Electric Fuel Prices with eGallon 

Today's national average eGallon price is about $1.14.

 

Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Advance Cost-Effective Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies 

Projects selected for funding will help industry bring these technologies into the marketplace at lower cost.

 

Vermont News

      

Vermont Enacts State Law Prohibiting Unnecessary Motor Vehicle Idling

All states in Northeast now have comprehensive anti-idling laws. 

 

Vermont and Quebec Announce Electric Car Corridor 

Route between Burlington and Montreal will initially have over 20 charging stations. 

 

Way to Go! Commuter Challenge Winners Announced! 

Awards ceremony June 26 at Sate House. 

 

Expanded Bus Service Between Middlebury and Rutland Begins July 8 

The new Connector schedule was shaped by a recent rider survey and series of public hearings. 

 

National News

 

New England Regional Biodiesel Workgroup Formed

Clean Cities Coalitions team up with biodiesel producers. 

   

Study: Development of Alternative Fuels Surpassing Expectations

Report shows significant progress in fuels that can replace or blend with gasoline and diesel. 

   

Frito-Lay Begins Constructing CNG Fueling Network For Vehicle Fleet 

Company hopes to reduce its total fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 50% by 2020.

 

Arizona School Fleet Heading Toward 100 Percent Propane

Future vehicle acquisitions will be funded directly from the fuel savings realized from the use of autogas. 

 

Huge Legislative Leap Forward for Natural Gas Vehicles in Florida

Bill includes tax incentives and rebates for CNG and LNG fuel and vehicles.

 

United Airlines, AltAir Fuels Execute Biofuel Purchase Agreement 

Airline has agreed to buy 15 million gallons of lower-carbon, renewable jet fuel over a three-year period.

 

International News

Germany Ends Tax Disadvantage for Corporate Electric Cars
Chancellor Angela Merkel wants 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020.
Province is already a leading international force driving the adoption of cleaner, quieter trucking fleets.
 
Wireless charging system requires no overhead cables. 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  
VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

The VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is soliciting applications for projects that will improve access and safety for bicyclists and/or pedestrians through the planning, design and construction of infrastructure projects.  

 

The Bike/Ped Program provides funding for either the scoping or design/construction of the following facilities:  

* Bicycle lanes (on-road facility delineated with pavement markings and signs)  

* Shoulders (generally a minimum of 3-feet wide to accommodate bicyclists)  

* Sidewalks  

* Pedestrian crossing improvements, including median pedestrian refuge islands  

* Pedestrian signals  

* Improvements that address requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act  

* Shared-use paths (designed for use by both bicyclists and pedestrians)  

* Pedestrian-scale lighting (not likely to rank highly as a standalone project, but eligible as a project component)  

 

Projects may be combinations of any of the above facilities. Projects with the following emphasis will be considered favorably:  

* Facilities that address a documented safety concern such as a high crash location  

* Connectivity to other bicycle and pedestrian facilities  

* Proximity and access to and within village centers and downtown areas  

* Facilities that serve multiple uses e.g. access to businesses, residences and schools  

 

Applicants must attend a training session on one of two available dates; Monday June 3rd (1-3 PM) and Wednesday, June 5th (6-8 PM). All proposals due 7/26/13. For more info contact Jon Kaplan or click here.    


Propane Mower Incentive Program

The Propane Mower Incentive Program offers up $1,000 for qualifying original equipment propane mowers and $500 for qualifying propane conversions. A list of the qualifying equipment is available on the website. All conversions must be EPA and/or CARB certified. The applicant must agree to provide PERC with a season's worth of mower performance and fuel usage data in exchange for the incentive. For landscape contractors, fuel costs play a huge role in profitability. With the Propane Mower Incentive Program, we'll give you $1,000 per qualifying new mower purchase or $500 per qualifying mower conversion to help us document the cost savings and benefits that propane-fueled mowers can deliver. In return, you'll provide feedback and performance data for one mowing season. For more info contact Alison Dimond or click here.    

  
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.  


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                   $ 3.58/gallon                     $ 93.67/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.60/gallon                     $ 94.24/barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.61/gallon                     $ 78.83/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.