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Your clearinghouse for news, programs, and funding information related to reducing the consumption of petroleum use in transportation in Vermont. 
September 2015

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Both the Teleworking Panel and Biodiesel Discussion are available for viewing on the VTCCC website.
UVM Bioenergy Course - Biomass to Biofuels FALL 2015
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What's New

Drive the Dream Vermont
Drive the Dream Vermont will showcase Vermont employers who have made commitments to invest in workplace charging and other incentives to support the growth of plug-in electric vehicles. Vermont employers who have completed pledges will attend a private meeting with Governor Shumlin and a press event where these commitments will be publicly announced. The event will be held on September 16 at Vermont Teddy Bear and will include an EV "Ride and Drive." For more information.  
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National Drive Electric Week Public EV Ride-and-Drive
Join VTCCC this Wednesday, in celebration of National Drive Electric Week, and visit the Vermont Teddy Bear in Shelburne to test drive a wide variety of electric vehicles from 4:00-8:00pm. EV owners will be on hand to answer all of your questions. For more information visit Drive Electric Vermont



Clean Cities Transportation Workforce Survey
We would like to gather your feedback about the alternative fuel and advanced automotive workforce in Vermont. The results of this survey will be utilized to inform the development of five Regional Transportation Workforce Centers. The Centers will serve as a resource to support, grow and maintain a skilled and career-ready transportation workforce in their respective regions. The Centers are network rather than program focused and will engage existing regionally based programs, to activate new strategic partnerships and to communicate programs and best practices to educators, employers and those on the transportation career pathway.  To complete this short survey please click here

Upcoming Events


Drive the Dream Vermont
September 16, 9:45am-1:00pm
Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne

Vermont businesses will join the Governor to make public commitments to workplace charging and other incentives to support the growth of plug-in electric vehicles. 

National Drive Electric Week Ride-and-Drive Event
September 16, 4:00-8:00pm
Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne


Join us for VT's National Drive Electric Week Celebration at Vermont Teddy Bear! Stop by to take a test drive and learn from EV owners and dealers about their experiences with electric cars and bikes. Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream while it lasts! 


Workplace Charging Challenge - Employer Workshop Best Practice Webinar
September 29, 2:00-3:00pm

Numerous Challenge ambassador organizations, cities and states have found that one of the best ways to promote workplace charging is to hold educational outreach events targeted toward employers in their communities. Log in to this webinar to hear the experiences of four such organizations and learn how to plan, organize and execute a workplace charging outreach event for your employer stakeholders. 


AltWheels Fleet Day
October 7, Norwood MA

AltWheels Fleet Day is the largest meeting of corporate or municipal Fleet Managers on the East Coast. Come see and hear the latest in fleet transportation technologies, alternative fuels, and fleet management practices.

Clean Cities Resources 

Learn more about alternative fuels and vehicles through Clean Cities publications

Question of the Month: What are the alternatives to traditional state fuel taxes? Find the answer here

Geography of Existing and Potential Alt Fuel Markets in the United States
Six market indicators were used to evaluate the existing and potential regional market strength for each of the five most commonly deployed alternative fuels: electricity (used by plug-in electric vehicles), biodiesel (blends of B20 and higher), E85 ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), and propane. Each market indicator was mapped, combined with the others, and evaluated and adjusted by industry experts. This process revealed the weight the market indicators should be given, with the proximity of fueling stations being the most important indicator, followed by alternative fuel vehicle density, gasoline prices, state incentives, nearby resources, and finally, environmental benefit.

Costs Associated with Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure
This document is designed to help fleets understand the cost factors associated with fueling infrastructure for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. It provides estimated cost ranges for various sizes and types of CNG fueling stations and an overview of factors that contribute to the total cost of an installed station. The information presented is based on input from professionals in the natural gas industry who design, sell equipment for, and/or own and operate CNG stations.

National and Regional News

Vermont Transportation Agency Head Minter Resigns to Run for Governor
Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Secretary Sue Minter has resigned her post to make a bid for governor of the state. She had only served in the position since January, but had been with the agency since 2011. Deputy Secretary Chris Cole will head VTrans until a replacement is found. The agency has a $600 million budget and more than 1,300 employees.

CATMA Repositions Team to Align with the Expansion of its Comprehensive Commuter Programs in Chittenden County
The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) is pleased to announce the repositioning of its team to lead the growth of the organization and the delivery of its turnkey transportation demand management programs. In early April, CATMA publicized its name change reflecting its expanded service area to businesses and developers in Chittenden County.

A blue graphic of a hand holding a smartphone connected by yellow dots to the graphics of people and public transportation.The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Leads Efforts to Get Traffic Moving in the Right Direction
In the near future, travelers will be able to figure out the most efficient way to travel through a city, including the optimal routes, what public transit is available, or if carpooling is an option—all through a smartphone app.
 
VT, MA Officials to Reveal Findings of Intercity Passenger Rail Service Study
The study, known as the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative (NNEIRI), looked the potential to expand passenger rail service to serve large and small communities along a 470 mile corridor across New England, Quebec, and New York. Before the details of the study are released a final public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 24th at 7pm in White River Junction. 

Funding Opportunities

Energy Dept Announces $11 M to Accelerate Alt Fuel Use in Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks proposals for the research, development, and demonstration of electric drivetrain technologies for these vehicles, as well as demonstrations of the performance and reliability of commercially available duel-fuel heavy-duty vehicles that can operate on a mixture of diesel fuel and gaseous fuels, including natural gas or propane- or natural gas-derived fuels, such as dimethyl ether.For applicants, a Webinar will be held on September 23, concept papers are due on October 8, and full applications are due on November 1
9. See the Energy Department news release and the FOA.

Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Program
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has developed the Vermont Clean Diesel Grant Program, which provides incentive funding for projects that reduce emissions from diesel powered vehicles, engines and equipment. Funding is available for vehicle (medium-duty or heavy-duty), engine and equipment replacement; Retrofitting with emission control technologies; Engine repowers; Installation of idle reduction technologies, and Aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires. The RFP is now available and applications are due on October 2, 2015. For more information on this grant opportunity click here or contact Deirdra Ritzer at 233-8052 or deirdra.ritzer@vermont.gov

VTCCC Workplace Charging Station Incentive Program
Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is offering an incentive program to help workplaces cover some of the costs associated with installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers. Workplaces who install a Level 1 (110/120v) or a Level 2 (208/240v) charger may apply for the $525 incentive. The incentive is available for installations completed by April 15, 2016. For more information click here

Designated Downtown DC Fast Charger Funding Opportunity
This funding opportunity is available to help municipalities install municipally-owned electric car charging stations (DC Fast Charging Stations) on property located within designated downtown districts. The new program is brought to you by Green Mountain Power’s (GMP) Community Energy & Efficiency Development Fund (CEED Fund), in partnership with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD). The funding is limited to state-designated communities (downtowns and villages) in the former Central Vermont Public Service territory.  The program is initially targeting fast charging capacity to the high-priority downtowns of Bennington, Brattleboro, Rutland, St. Albans, St. Johnsbury and Springfield. For more information contact Jenn Cortez or Dave Roberts

H2 Refuel H-Prize
The H2 Refuel H-Prize is challenging America’s innovators to deploy an on-site hydrogen generation system, using electricity or natural gas, to fuel hydrogen vehicles that can be used in homes, community centers, retail sites or similar locations. The best entry, based on technical and cost criteria, will win $1 million! For more information click here.

VFDA Electric Vehicle Charging Station Loan Program 
This program is funded through the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB), which is operated by the Vermont Economic Development Authority in conjunction with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.  Electric vehicle charging stations and natural gas refueling stations available for public use are eligible for SIB financing.  For more information about electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging station technology, please visit www.driveelectricvt.com.  Drive Electric Vermont is a project of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) in partnership with the State of Vermont and a broad array of stakeholders advancing electric vehicle technology. For more information click here.

Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicle Credit (IRC 30D)
Internal Revenue Code Section 30D provides a credit for Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicles including passenger vehicles and light trucks.  For vehicles acquired after December 31, 2009, the credit starts at $2,500 and goes up to $7,500 based on the battery specs. To find out what the federal tax credit is by vehicle type visit Drive Electric Vermont.

Go! Vermont Community-Based Grants
Vermont based communities are eligible to receive $500 in general operating support for promoting the Go! Vermont program of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Vermont communities chosen for this round of Smart Commute will promote Go! Vermont as part of the Smart Commute program and thus be automatically eligible for the Go! Vermont small grant. While there is no match requirement, this is federal funding passed through the state and cannot be used as match for federal dollars. For more information on Go! Vermont, please visit www.connectingcommuters.org.

Abby Mattera, AICP, LEED AP
Program Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
amattera@uvm.edu, 802.656.9123
210 Colchester Ave, Farrell Hall, Burlington, VT

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


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