Vermont Clean Cities Newsletter

October 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 


Compressed Natural Gas Cylinder Inspector Workshop 
October 22 -25, 2013
Nashua Community College 
Nashua, New Hampshire 
Registration is Closed 

New England Transportation Conference Turning the Corner: Celebrating TDM Successes 
        November 6,2013
        Seaport Hotel, South Boston Waterfront
        Boston, MA
        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

U.S. Manufacturers Save $1 Billion, 11 Million Tons of CO2 Through Energy Efficiency Investments
In accordance with the Obama Administration's efforts to double energy productivity by 2030 and help businesses save money and energy, the Energy Department has recognized more than 120 manufacturers that are making smart investments to save on energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve their bottom lines.

Energy Department Announces Funding to Provide Better Visibility into the Health of the Nation's Electric Grid
As a part of the Administration's commitment to improve the reliability and resiliency of the Nation's electric grid, the Energy Department today announced up to $9 million in funding to facilitate rapid response.  Utilities will be able to better detect and head off potential blackouts, while improving day-to-day grid reliability and helping with the integration of clean renewable sources of energy onto the grid.

The Family-owned Vermont heating fuels, equipment and service company Bourne's Energy has recently opened a new branch in Montpelier, VT. The new branch provides both Bioheat and on-road biodiesel.

Waste from dairy farms and beer breweries could provide necessary ingredients to grow algae-based biofuels. The US Department of Agriculture awarded the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association with a $51,000 grant to research biofuel technology  using algae.



Regional and National News 

In Palo Alto California, the home of Tesla Motors, the planning department is in the  final stages of a city ordinance requiring all new Palo Alto homes to be wired for electric vehicle charging stations.

Chevy, GMC, Expand Natural Gas Model Lineups 

Chevrolet and GMC will offer new bi-fuel versions of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty trucks and all-new dedicated compressed natural gas versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size passenger van next year.

You Can Now Fuel Your Car With Waste at 35 California Gas Stations 
Clean Energy Fuels Corporation has recently announced a new transportation fuel brand dubbed 'Redeem.' Redeem is a 100% renewable natural gas fuel produced from waste streams such as landfills, large dairies and sewage plants. Redeem is said to be up to 90 percent cleaner than diesel. The waste fuel is already flowing through the engines of thousands of cars, taxis, shuttles and industrial fleets in California, and will soon be available at 35 public Clean Energy stations.


Quantum Announces Increasing Adoption of Q-Lite Natural Gas Storage Modules by New Customers and End Users
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. a global leader in natural gas storage systems, integration and vehicle system technologies has recently announced a further adoption of ultra-lightweight, high-capacity CNG fuel storage tanks and fully-integrated modules.

Two-Way Street: Electric Cars of the Future Could Give Back to the Grid
Electric vehicles could be the solution to making the U.S. electrical grid more reliable than ever. Professor Willett Kempton at the University of Delaware has been studying and developing a concept called Vehicle to Grid (V2G). This  concept proposes harnessing the power of electric vehicles by slightly charging and discharging the cars' batteries at the right time to help balance the electrical grid.





International News

Fujitsu limited and venture start-up RESC limited are collaborating on the development of an infrastructure system that integrates the fields of ICT and energy to help bring about a new electric vehicle society.

Manufactured by La Ruta Solar ONG and Chile's University  the electric vehicle "Vilti" is impelled by electrical energy and human traction. The Vilti reaches speeds of up to 50 km per hour.

Turkey is set for an era of electric vehicles (EVs) as original equipment manufacturers prepare for the launch of new EVs and the development of charging infrastructure gathers pace. EV market growth in the country is mainly driven by reduced special consumption taxes (SCT) for EVs as well as demand from global companies that are increasingly focusing on green policies.

Tata motors has launched the Tata Nano CNG emax. The new vehicle is powered by a fuel efficient, state-of-the-art engine, with compressed natural gas and petrol bi-fuel system options. The car ha  s the lowest carbon footprint of 75.6 g/km and is the most fuel efficient car in India with a mileage of 36 km/kg. The Tata Nano CNG emax will now be available across CNG markets such as Delhi, Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Lucknow.



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 ( 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 (
  • 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




                         Gas at the Pump, VT        Crude Oil Futures 


Current                   $ $3.56 /gallon                $100.67 /barrel 

One Month Ago       $ 3.71/gallon                  $103.70 /barrel

One Year Ago         $ 3.84 /gallon                  $86.68/barrel

Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX


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.