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What's New

Workplace EV Charging Station Incentive Program
Vermont Clean Cities with support from the Vermont Public Service Department is now offering two levels of incentives for the installation of EV Charging Stations at workplaces across the state. In addition to the $525 available for non-networked single-port stations, $1050 will be made available for networked single-port stations, and $1575 for dual-port stations. We also have EV parking signage available. Interested and want to learn more? VTCCC can walk you through the process and share the best practices. To learn more, visit: uvm.edu/vtccc/electric-and-hybrid/


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 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

All events are posted on the VTCCC website

Workplace Charging Challenge Webinar
December 15, 12-1pm
 
The U.S. Department of Energy aims to achieve a tenfold increase in the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) by 2018. Many PEV drivers do their charging primarily at home, but access to charging at the workplace can help to double their vehicles’ all-electric commuting range, increasing the affordability and convenience of driving an electric vehicle. The Challenge is open to U.S. employers of all sizes whose charging stations are, or will be, primarily for employee use. The Challenge offers benefits to employers who are considering installing charging stations as well as to employers who have already launched a charging program. This webinar will provide an overview of the Challenge and the benefits of workplace charging.


National Biodiesel Conference & Expo
January 25-28, Tampa, FL
 
Held by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), the conference is a four-day event dedicated to the biodiesel industry. 


Energy Independence Summit
February 7-9, Washington, DC
 
This Summit provides a unique opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other and with key Congressional and Administration policymakers in Washington, DC. The Summit will provide an important opportunity to educate key policymakers about the need for incentives, tools, and resources to overcome barriers to the widespread use of cleaner vehicles and fuels. The Summit will feature educational sessions and presentations from the nation’s leading clean transportation experts. 


Green Truck Summit/Work Truck Show
March 1-4, Indianapolis, IN

The Green Truck Summit, held in conjunction with North America's largest work truck event, is the work truck industry’s premier alternative fuels conference, which delivers the latest on clean energy innovations for commercial vehicles. These two events are held in conjunction. Contact VTCCC for special Clean Cities registration pricing. 
 

Vermont Walk/Bike Summit
April 1-2, Rutland, VT


The second statewide Walk/Bike Summit will be held in Rutland, Vermont on April 1-2, 2016.

Clean Cities Resources 

Learn more about alternative fuels and vehicles through Clean Cities publications

Question of the Month: What is renewable natural gas and how can it be used in vehicles? Find the answer here

Innovative Finance Strategies for Switching to Natural Gas and Installing EV Charging
Two new publications, released by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) with support from the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program, detail the findings of a two-year research initiative to develop innovative finance mechanisms aimed at accelerating the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure.


Presentation: Idling Reduction for Long-Haul, Heavy-Duty Trucks
IdleBox has a new tool: the Idling Reduction for Long-Haul, Heavy-Duty Trucks presentation. This PowerPoint presentation will help you educate those involved in long-haul, heavy-duty fleet operations about the full range of idling reduction options. Copies of the companion four-page fact sheet, Long-Haul Truck Idling Burns Up Profits, can be found in the Idlebox Toolkit


2016 Fuel Economy Guide Highlights Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the availability of the 2016 Fuel Economy Guide. From fuel-sippers to gas-guzzlers, the Fuel Economy Guide provides consumers with essential information about model year 2016 light-duty vehicles, including their fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and projected annual fuel cost.



Developing a Natural Gas-Powered Bus Rapid Transit Service: A Case Study
The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) and its VelociRFTA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) program operate in one of the most severe environments in the country, with extreme winter temperatures and altitudes close to 8,000 feet. In 2013, RFTA put 22 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses into service after maintenance and refueling facilities were completed earlier that year. This case study examines the lessons learned from RFTA's experience with CNG and focuses on the unique environment of this BRT application. 

Motor Fuel Excise Taxes Report
Throughout the United States, it is common practice for federal, state, and local governments to tax motor fuels on a per gallon basis to fund construction and maintenance of our transportation infrastructure. In recent years, however, expenses have outpaced revenues creating substantial funding shortfalls that have required supplemental funding sources.This 
report explores the role of alternative fuels and energy efficient vehicles in motor fuel taxes. Learn more by reading the Motor Fuel Excise Taxes fact sheet
 

National and Regional News

E.P.A. Rule Requires a Big Jump in Biofuel Use
The Environmental Protection Agency released its much-delayed biofuel mandate on Monday, raising the amounts of biofuel that refiners are required to blend into conventional vehicle fuel from levels proposed in May. The new rule requires 18.11 billion gallons of renewable fuel to be blended in conventional fuel by the end of 2016; an 11 percent increase from 2014.


Vermont Gets $10 Million Federal Grant to Help Restore Passenger Rail Service to Burlington
A $10 million federal grant was awarded from the Department of Transportation to improve rail service along Vermont's Western Corridor. The improvements will remove the final hurdle for restoring passenger service between Rutland and Burlington.


CNG vehicles might get boost in congressional EV bill
The biggest potential consumer benefit is in the House bill that would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to extend to CNG-powered vehicles all of the incentives directed at plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. That would mean federal tax credits of anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500 for new buyers. The House version would also open up Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program funds to be doled out to alternative-fuel vehicle projects.


Vermont Transportation officials: Cap-and-trade program would reduce car emissions 
Drivers must reduce carbon emissions if state pollution goals are to be met. Vermont’s transportation officials say a cap-and-trade program imposed on transportation fuels is among the solutions they are considering to reach the necessary pollution reductions.


A Tesla, left, and Smart ED, both electric vehiclesSun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.Electric vehicle sales surged needed to keep pace with requirements
Zero-emission vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles will likely make up more than 15 percent of vehicle sales by 2025 under proposed state regulations that would require Massachusetts to accelerate its embrace of electric vehicles.


2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Production Car Spied Before 2016 CES Reveal
The Bolt, the long-awaited, pure electric descendant of GM's EV1--and a cousin of the new Chevrolet Volt, or at least a close-sounding relative--will go into production next year with an anticipated all-electric driving range of 200 miles.

Funding Opportunities


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 for a single-port and $1050 for a dual-port incentive. The incentive is available for installations completed by April 15, 2016. For more information, click here


VEDA 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, visit www.veda.org.  

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.

Happy Holidays!


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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