Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

July 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

 

 Liquified Natural Gas (LNG): Current Applications and Future Possibilities in Vermont

August 23, 2013

12:00-1:00 pm  

Farrell Hall, UVM

Part of UVM TRC Summer Brown Bag Series

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

 

 Biomass to Biofuels  

Begins August 26, 2013

4 credit course at UVM

Includes field trips and hands-on experience 

More info here

 

Green Fleet Conference and Expo

October 1-2, 2013

Phoenix, AZ

More info here

 

CNG Fleet Workshop  

November 13, 2013

Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center

Burlington, VT 

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

 

Clean Cities Blog Highlights "Clean Cities Top 20 Facts"

Learn more about the Clean Cities Program.   

 

Energy Department Partners with EU on Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Coordination  

Interoperability Center will be located at Argonne National Laboratory. 

 

Energy Department Announces Investment to Accelerate Next Generation Biofuels 

Projects aim to drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass.

 

Vermont News

       

Michelle McCutcheon-Schour to Take Over as VTCCC Coordinator

UVM and Cornell grad looks forward to her new role at the UVM TRC. 

 

Colchester Approves Three-Year Transit Pilot Project with CCTA 

The three-year pilot project will allow the town to measure the effectiveness and desirability of transit service. 

 

Amtrak to Test Bikes on Ethan Allen Line 

Program will allow Amtrak to gauge demand and gather feedback for testing on other lines. 

 

Regional and National News

 

Mass. School Bus Company to Install Automatic Idle Shut-off Controls and Pay Penalties Under the Clean Air Act

Changes will lead to reductions in fuel use and tailpipe emissions. 

   

Portland Biodiesel Company Helps Phish, Other Touring Bands, Go Green

Maine Standard Biofuels aims to distribute 1 million gallons annually by next year. 

   

Connecticut Seeks to Boost Electric Vehicle Stations 

State making $200,000 available to install charging stations.

 

Natural-Gas-Powered Buses Usher New Era for KC Transit

The entire 300-bus fleet will be replaced over 12 to 14 years. 

 

Largest Single Order of Propane-Fueled Buses Completed

434 Propane-Powered Blue Bird Visions to be used in Nebraska.

 

Sales of U.S. Plug-In Vehicles Double as Makers Expand Offerings 

Motorists bought more than 40,000 plug-in cars in the first and second quarters.

 

International News

Russia's Gazprom Steps Up Natural Gas Vehicles Activity
Goal is to replace 20% of the conventional fuel used in the agricultural sector with NGV fuel by 2030.
Funds expected to provide a boost to low-carbon travel across the country.
 
CNG has significantly reduced air pollution levels in New Delhi and Mumbai. 

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                   $ 3.76/gallon                     $ 107.23/barrel

One Month Ago       $ 3.58/gallon                     $ 93.67/barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.57/gallon                     $ 88.31/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.