VCC is continuing their efforts to reduce toxic diesel emissions by working with a truck and stops in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and a warehouse in Maryland to install 102 electrified parking spaces. These electrified parking spaces will significantly eliminate diesel emissions due to long periods of idling by the class-8 trucks. VCC is also assisting the City of Roanoke with the replacement of a diesel landscape truck with a cleaner propane truck and the City of Richmond with the repower of 12 heavy duty diesel trucks with cleaner burning natural gas engines.
VCC seeks to expand the domestic supply chain of components and systems necessary for the manufacture and scale-up of the supply chain by building and populating a comprehensive database and by driving U.S. companies to the site via an aggressive outreach campaign using trade association outreach, webinars, social media, and personal contact. This effort will advance hydrogen fuel cell suppliers in the transportation, utility, industrial, commercial, and residential sectors, with a focus on the transportation sector in fuel and infrastructure supply chain systems.
Clean Cities Coalition Support
VCC provides ongoing support to the U. S. Department of Energy’s local alternate fuels deployment and educational efforts. As an officially recognized coalition since 1996, Virginia Clean Cities coalition members displace tons of greenhouse gases each year millions of gallons of gasoline. The Virginia Clean Cities Coalition is supported by hundreds of local business and fleet partners who serve as stakeholder members.
The Virginia Port Authority and VCC are working together to reduce harmful diesel emissions in the Hampton Roads region. This project establishes a Green Operator Hotline that assists truck drivers with information on financing a drayage truck replacement. The program provides a $20,000 incentive towards the purchase of newer drayage trucks and up to $6,000 towards the purchase of a retrofit. VCC is assisting with program management, marketing and outreach.
VCC has partnered with private sector infrastructure companies and the USDA Biofuel Infrastructure Program to advance ethanol use in the Mid-Atlantic region and to install 53 additional ethanol stations. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) will administer the program with the assistance of Virginia Clean Cities (VCC). Partners in the program include two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designated Clean Cities Coalitions, as well as agricultural and energy offices of each state. State grain associations and agricultural partners are engaged as well as the private sector infrastructure partners to complete station build.
DMME Technical Support
VCC provides direct support to the State Energy Office on a variety of alternative fuels and domestic energy efforts related to petroleum reduction. These tasks include programs and projects that are reviewed regularly in support of Virginia’s efforts. This has included the state natural gas vehicle efforts, the state propane vehicle efforts, and the state electric vehicle efforts as well as state biodiesel, ethanol and hydrogen programs.
Sub-Project (DMME Technical Support): Alternative Fuels Program Government Fleet Vehicle Incentive (CMAQ)
State agencies and local governments in specific air quality non-attainment, ozone attainment and/or maintenance areas may be reimbursed for incremental costs to transition to alternative fuels such as natural gas or propane autogas. Reimbursements are up to an average of $10,000 for the incremental cost of new vehicles or reasonable aftermarket conversions.
DOE – NFPA Alternative Fuel Vehicle First Responder Training
Virginia Clean Cities is working with the National Fire Protection Association to develop and conduct training for First Responders focusing on alternative fuel vehicles. This training will target first responders in 15 selected states. VCC’s primary role in the project is logistics and coordination, while NFPA will develop the training curriculum.
Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University (JMU) in partnership with NREL is advancing mentoring to other Clean Cities Coalitions across the country. The objective of this effort is to utilize Clean Cities coordinators as experts and advisors for other designated Clean Cities coalitions in providing assistance in improving current practices and learning new and updated practices and processes to help ensure the ultimate success of the coalition. Mentee coalitions are garnered both through inquiries to NREL and by VCC identifying coalitions that could benefit from assistance and conducting outreach.