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Welcome to the VTCCC Newsletter


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

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Both the Teleworking Panel and Biodiesel Discussion are available for viewing on the VTCCC website.
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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 be invited to 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 in Shelburne, VT and will include an EV "Ride and Drive." For more information click here
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EV Charging Station Incentive for VT Workplaces
Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is excited to announce 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




VT Idle-Free Fleets - New Free Online Course Certification 
The American Lung Association in Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the University of Vermont Extension, offers a free, self-paced online certification, Vermont Idle-Free Fleets, for heavy duty vehicle operators and fleet managers to learn about the environmental, economic and health impacts of idling reduction. Commercial truck drivers and fleet managers can request a custom link for the training on the Northeast ALA Website

Upcoming Events

Second Annual SUN CARnival
August 16, 1:00-4:00pm
St. Mike's College, Colchester

What’s with all those electric cars (EVs) tooling around in Vermont? Come learn more and have fun at a family event by SunCommon and others working for a healthy Vermont. It’s the 2nd annual SUN CARnival – with fun for all your family! 


Autogas for 18 Wheels: Dual-Fuel Propane Systems for Class-8 Trucks Webinar
September 10, 12:30-1:30pm

Alliance Autogas recently released the first EPA-certified diesel displacement system for the Volvo D13/MACK MP8. This system allows the class-8 truck to run on a mix of diesel and propane, saving money and reducing harmful emissions. Learn from a fleet end user why they chose to go the fuel blend route and how it’s helping their business.



Drive the Dream Vermont
September 16, 9:45am-1:00pm, 4:00-8:00pm
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. The public is invited to participate in the electric car ride and drive event in celebration of National Drive Electric Week

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

Clean Cities Now
The Summer 2015 issue of Clean Cities Now is available online. This edition includes news and information on:
  • How biodiesel is winning over fleets nationwide
  • A San Diego coordinator educating dealers about plugging in to PEVs
  • Coalitions playing a key role in managing air quality funds for fleets
  • A Baltimore-based bakery choosing propane for a sustainable transportation solution.

Vehicle Cost Calculator
This tool uses basic information about your driving habits to calculate total cost of ownership and emissions for makes and models of most vehicles, including alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
 
Factors that Affect Fuel Prices
When gasoline and diesel prices spike, we often want to blame someone for our pain at the pump. The reality is that the oil industry is a complex market. Though there are numerous factors that could ultimately influence the price of fuel, such as weather, government policies, and international relations, there are four factors that have the most significant influence. 
                   
Graphic comparing regular gasoline retail price of $2.72 per gallon to diesel retail price of $2.89 in May 2015. For gasoline, the price consisted of 17% taxes, 10% distribution and marketing, 22% refining, and 51% crude oil. For diesel, the price consisted of 18% taxes, 17% distribution and marketing, 17% refining, and 48% crude oil.

National and Regional News

Clean Cities and the National Parks Service Team up to Promote Sustainable Transportation
Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, contributing to climate change that affects national parks. The National Park Service (NPS) and Clean Cities are partnering to encourage visitors and staff to "green their ride" in parks and at home to reduce fuel use and GHG emissions.

Energy Department Awards $18 Million to Develop Valuable Bioproducts and Biofuels from Algae
The Energy Department on July 9 announced six projects that will receive up to $18 million in research and development funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019.
 
Quasar Energy Group Converts Organic Waste to Renewable Energy
Quasar Energy Group’s Collinwood facility uses two digester tanks to break down 75,000 wet tons of organic waste yearly. The released methane gas is used to produce electricity for Cleveland Public Power and is also transformed into compressed natural gas vehicle fuel. Over 90% of Quasar’s 50 vehicle fleet runs on CNG.

Tesla Unveils Snakelike Robot Charge for Electric Cars
Tesla's snake robot charger.Elon Musk tweeted to over 2 million followers that Tesla is working on a "charger that automatically moves out from the wall [and] connects like a solid metal snake." The bot appears to connect with the port without any help from humans and, presumably, stays there until the car is fully charged before slithering away.

Funding Opportunities

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 DEC will be posting a Request for Proposals to solicit applications for this grant opportunity within the next 60 days, but interested applicants are encourage to discuss potential projects well in advance of the formal application process . 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

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