The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will be launching its Thriving Communities Initiative this fall. The initiative seeks to provide technical assistance and hands-on planning support for transformative infrastructure projects that will serve disadvantaged communities. To guide this work, the DOT has released a Request For Information (RFI) and is currently seeking input from disadvantaged communities to gain ...Continue Reading →
On July 21st, Highland joined Virginia Clean Cities for the Technology Happy Hour. Claire Alford, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Associate on the Market Development team at Highland Electric Fleets, shared how Highland’s electric fleet subscription model can bring electric school buses to fleets across the nation from large to small.
Right now is a big time for electric school buses with the first round of the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program Funding Open (applications close on August ...Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Renewable Natural Gas Incentive Act, bipartisan legislation to provide a tax credit for heavy-duty vehicles that use renewable natural gas, further supporting clean and efficient and transportation across the country.
“Renewable natural gas is a clean, affordable, and reliable fuel source that can help lower emissions from heavy-duty vehicles,” said Senator Warner. “I am proud to introduce legislation to incentivize investment in clean vehicles that will have a positive impact on our environment while significantly aiding ...Continue Reading →
As part of the Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership (MAEP) project, Argonne National Laboratory has created a quick and simple mapping portal with layers pulled from the larger Energy Zones Mapping Tool (EZMT). The Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership Mapping Tool is free and user-friendly for all visitors. Unlike the EZMT, the MAEP Mapping Tool only uses layers relevant to electrification efforts in Maryland, West Virginia, D.C., and Virginia. Layers recently ...Continue Reading →
The Senate Appropriations Committee is presently writing its version of the FY 2023 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which funds the Department of Energy. This week the House will pass its version of the bill and increase funding for the Clean Cities Program.
We are asking the Senate to provide increased funding as well. But we need your help to make this happen. Please Continue Reading →
Virginia’s Mileage Choice Program is a voluntary option for drivers of eligible vehicles to pay their highway use fee on a per-mile basis in lieu of an annual highway use fee at the time of registration renewal. You only pay for the miles you drive, so if you drive less, you pay less. And, if you end up driving a little more, you never pay more than your annual highway use fee.
Who ...Continue Reading →
In 2015, Virginia and Maryland acquired funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Biofuel Infrastructure Program in order to establish a Mid-Atlantic Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) with the goal of installing biofuel fuel pumps at 40 fueling stations. Through the administration of the Virginia Department of Energy, and assistance from Virginia Clean Cities, the Mid-Atlantic Partnership was able to garner support from experienced retail businesses, like Protec Fuels and Sheetz, Inc., and state agriculture departments, energy offices, and grain associations. ...Continue Reading →
In summer, 2022 Clean Energy Fuels began selling Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) at their three fueling stations in Virginia! These three stations, shown in the map below, bring RNG to the Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Tidewater regions.
RNG is byproduct waste and can be sourced from landfills, livestock operations and wastewater treatment plants. When not used to create RNG, these biogases are often harmfully ...Continue Reading →
by Dwayne Yancey, Cardinal News
(reposted with permission)
Volvo Trucks in Pulaski County this week showed one of its new electric models, which you might soon see on Interstate 81. The Wytheville-based Camrett Logistics is starting to electrify its fleet of trucks, citing rising fuel costs and concern for the environment as reasons for switching from traditional fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
Today, a single transportation company converting to electric vehicles is worthy of the full panoply of attention – the news media invited ...Continue Reading →
The Renewable Fuels Association thanked fuel retailer Sheetz for its decision to slash prices on higher ethanol blends for a full week ahead of the Independence Day weekend. RFA said the move by Sheetz not only provides great cost savings for drivers facing record-high pump prices, but also offers a smart way to educate consumers about the environmental and energy security benefits of E15 and flex fuels like E85. Sheetz is offering E15 for $3.99 per gallon and ...Continue Reading →