Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

September 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

   

Burlington Plug In Day 

September 28, 2013

Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, VT 

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

 

Green Fleet Conference and Expo

October 1-2, 2013

Phoenix, AZ

More info here

 

Eight Annual AltWheels Fleet Day   
        October 7, 2013
        Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA
 

Way to Go Challenge 

October 14-18, 2013

Burlington, VT

Register Here 

 

CNG Fleet Workshop  

November 13, 2013

Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center

Burlington, VT 

For more info please contact VTCCC 

 

CNG and Propane 1st Responders Training 

December 6, 2013

Vermont Technical College

Randolph, VT 

More info coming soon

 

 

 

DOE News

As a part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan the Energy Department announced on September 4th, 2013 $45 million dollars for thirty-eight new projects that accelerate the research and development of veh  t the environment nationwide.

As a part of the Obama Administration's ongoing efforts to increase fuel efficiency , reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, the U.S. Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new label that features EPA fuel economy estimates and CO2 estimates for used vehicles sold in the U.S.

Energy Department Announces $66 Million for Transformational Energy Technologies
33 breakthrough energy projects will receive approximately $66 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under two new programs that provide options for a more sustainable and secure American future.  One program, Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE), is working to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation

 

Vermont News

As a component of the IBM funded Smarter Cities Challenge Grant, Burlington has set out a list of tasks aimed at broad-based greenhouse gas reductions. One of the projects included is the enabling of an electric vehicle sharing program with links to nearby cities. 


Leahy and Shumlin Celebrate Opening of Community Transportation Center null
Addison County Transit Resources Board of Directors are optimistic that their new bus maintenance facility will help the transit company meet growing ridership and better serve the community while also helping the environment.
 

  

Regional and National News 

Volkswagen officials look to introduce the e-Golf electric car and compressed natural gas vehicles to the U.S.
  
Ford Motor Company has enabled biodiesel in the F-250 pickups. Chevrolet has also released the new biodiesel-friendly Cruze, carrying a warranty for up to a 20-percent blend of the advanced biofuel.    

 

Striving to meet clean air standards, New York State is providing incentives to help pay the cost of buying low emissions trucks.

Electric Cars That Touch 0 to 60 mph Faster Than Petrol-Powered Ones!
Electric cars now have the ability to reach blazing speeds rivaling the 0-to-60 performance of a typical Porsche or BMW.

 

 

 

 

The EU-funded Merge project ('Mobile Energy Resources Grids of Electricity') has aimed at addressing the issue of electric vehicle deployment without significant changes to existing power network infrastructure.

Swiss scientists have developed a hybrid natural gas/diesel engine that emits less than half of the CO2 compared to that of a regular internal combustion engine.

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Assembly lines in Leipzig, Germany have started turning out BMW AG's new i3 electric car. The new i3 electric cars are scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2014. 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Clean Air Excellence Awards

The Clean Air Excellence Awards Program is sponsored by EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. The Program was suggested by the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, a senior-level federal advisory committee that provides advice to EPA on air issues. The Awards Program periodically recognizes individuals who have served as pioneers in their fields as well as organizations that have contributed to cleaner air. There are five general categories for which you may enter a program, project, or technology: Clean Air Technology, Community Action, Education/ Outreach, Regulatory/Policy Innovations, Transportation Efficiency Innovations. In addition the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program including the Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award. Deadline for applications September 27th, 2013. For more information click here or email Craig Jeneva.

 

Advancing Clean Vehicle Technologies in New York

The New York Truck - Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP) is a $19 million 'first come - first served' incentive program funded through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that aims to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and diesel emission control devices (DECDs) for medium to heavy duty commercial fleets in New York. NYT-VIP comprises of three unique funds that will be administered in different stages throughout the three-year program. By promoting the use of advanced vehicle technologies, NYT-VIP will help reduce diesel emissions and promote a more fuel independent New York.

Vendors (dealers) that market and sell alternative fuel vehicles and DECDs can apply for a voucher incentive to reduce the cost to the Vehicle Purchaser. Once the Vehicle Purchaser receives the new vehicle or DECD at the discounted rate, the Vendor will be redeemed the full voucher amount. For more information 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 excited 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                   $ 3.70/gallon                    $103.70/barrel 

One Month Ago       $ 3.71/gallon                    $106.16/barrel

One Year Ago          $ 3.94 /gallon                   $ 91.32 /barrel

Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX

Michelle

Best Regards,

Michelle McCutcheon-Schour
Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
 
 

Funding for the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is provided by the US Department of Energy.