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Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
 eNewsletter 4.16.09
Your clearinghouse for news, programs, and funding related to reducing the consumption of petroleum for transportation in Vermont
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
News from the DOE
State Action
Federal Action
Around the World
VCCC Stakeholder Meeting
Funding Opportunities
Quick Links
Featured Article
Candy Page
PHEV blog - Check out the Burlington Free Press' environmental issues reporter Candace Page's new blog about her experience with hybrid electric vehicles.
Upcoming Events
  • Sustainable Transportation Options for Small, Rural Communities
    Wednesday, 4/29/09 - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

    Developing and implementing successful sustainable transportation plans provides communities with a unique chance to build partnerships between the municipal government, community groups and local citizens. In small, rural communities, these partnerships may help to overcome the unique challenges presented by sustainable transportation implementation in a non-urban setting. To register, please visit the website.

  • 2nd Annual TRC Research Expo
    Wednesday, 5/6/09 - 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
    Davis Center, in the Silver Maple Ballroom.
    The event is open to all UVM faculty, staff, students and community members to attend.

  • Ecodriving Workshops
    Saturday, 5/9/09 - 8:00 a.m. to noon
    Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT
    Saturday, 5/30/09 - 8:00 a.m. to noon
    Castleton State College, Castleton, VT
    An economical way to be easier on the environment.
    More information. Registration form

  • Summit on the Future of Vermont
    Monday, 5/11/09 - 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont. More information

  • The Case for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV)
    Wednesday, 5/2709 - 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    A Comprehensive One-Day Workshop for Public and Private Fleet Operators and Clean-Air/Clean-Transportation Policymakers
    Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington VT. More information
At this time, the TRC is anticipating filling the following positions:
  1. Research Engineer (UVM Job Number 032622)
  2. Assistant Professor (in partnership with the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences)
  3. Post-Doctoral Policy Research Fellow - JUNE 1 DEADLINE
DOE has posted a permanent position at NETL to work on Clean Cities.  Applicants are due by 4/28.

News from the DOE

DOE maintains the Alternative Fuels Data Center, a one-stop shop for all your alternative fuel and vehicle information needs. This site has more than 3,000 documents in its database, an interactive fuel station mapping system, listings of available alternative fuel vehicles, and much more.

FERC Proposes Policy Statement on Smart-Grid Development  - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accelerated development of a smarter grid for the nation's electric transmission system with a proposed policy statement and action plan that would help set the "rules of the road" of a modern grid.
State Action
Unsafe roads lead to proliferation of niche shuttle services

Tim Williams was tired of getting hit by cars while riding his bike. The Champlain Valley Union High School senior liked his weekly pedals from St. George to Burlington ... Full story [Burlington Free Press March 24, 2009]

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will submit a grant application later this month to request $126 million of stimulus money to run the Western Corridor line.... Full story

Vermont can forge ahead with needed improvements to its transportation infrastructure without imposing new gasoline taxes on motorists, a key Senator said Tuesday... Full story
[Peter Hirschfeld Vermont Press Bureau]
Federal Action
Vermont Clean Cities Coalition The United States of Transit Cutbacks -  With ridership at record highs, transit agencies across the country are facing unprecedented fiscal crises in this economic downturn, with many considering layoffs, service cuts and fare hikes that are hitting at the worst possible time.  Full story

2011 Fuel Economy Standards Announced - New fuel economy standards for 2011 model year cars and light trucks will raise the industry-wide combined average to 27.3 miles per gallon--a 2.0 mpg increase over the 2010 model year average. More information
Around the World

China auto sales hit record 1.11 million in March
In March 2009, China's auto sales exceeded U.S. sales for the third month in a row, as tax cuts and rebates for small car purchases lured buyers back into showrooms, according to industry figures. Read entire article

Tata Nano Goes on Sale
Bookings for Tata Motors Ltd.'s Nano minicar began Thursday, with the automaker hoping a strong debut for the world's cheapest car will lift its fortunes. Full story

Belgium: Green-Car Loan Fund
The European Investment Bank approved 866 million euros ($1.2 billion) for loans to carmakers to make cleaner cars as part of a package to help the sector. Read the New York Times article
VCCC Stakeholder Meeting
Clean Cities Meeting April 2009 The VCCC Annual Stakeholder's meeting was held on April 14, in Decision Theater at Farrell Hall, UVM.

Stakeholders from organizations such as the VT Sierra Club, CCMPO, and the Vermont Agencies of Transportation and Natural Resources, as well as representatives from Senator Sanders and Leahy's office, students, professors and residents from throughout the state. Stakeholders heard about from Dr. Richard Watts, UVM Transportation Research Center Research Director spoke about TRC research projects that overlap with the Clean Cities mission.  To view his presentation click here. Karen Glitman, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator and TRC Program Manager gave a VCCC Year in Review that showcased activities and events that took place in the past year.  To view her presentation click here.

Funding opportunities made available through the ARRA that support the Clean Cities mission were presented. These include the CC solicitation, Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG), State Energy Program (SEP), tax credits, and Smart Grid funding. VCCC will be submitting a grant in coordination with Maine and New Hampshire Clean Cities Coalitions in response to the ARRA Clean Cities solicitation.

Stakeholders also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of introducing a membership and dues structure for the VCCC. A review of Clean Cities Coalitions yielded diverse membership and dues structures reflective of the diversity of coalitions. If you have an opinion on this issue please contact Karen Glitman.
Best regards,

Karen Glitman, Director, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

Funding for the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition is provided by the US Department of Energy and the Vermont Department of Public Service.
  • Hydrogen Sensor Technologies - DETAILS
    The U.S. Department of Energy -  Grant # DE-PS36-09GO99004
    Deadline: 4/30/09

  • Transportation Electrification - DETAILS
    U.S. Department of Energy - Grant # DE-FOA-0000026
    Deadline: 5/13/09

  • Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing - DETAILS
    U.S. Department of Energy - Grant # DE-FOA-0000026
    Deadline: 5/13/09

  • High Tonnage Biomass Feedstocks - DETAILS
    U.S. Department of Energy - Grant # DE-FOA-0000060
    Deadline: 5/18/09

  • Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) DETAILS
    The Federal Transit Administration
    Deadline: 5/22/09

  • Green Jobs Training
    U.S. Department of Labor
    Details TBA - visit

                          Gas at the Pump, VT               Crude Oil Futures

Current                      $2.020/gallon                       $48.09/barrel
One Month Ago         $1.936/gallon                       $44.15/barrel
One Year Ago            $3.341/gallon                       $98.93/barrel
Sources: Fuel Gauge Report, NYMEX, EIA

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