Small Business Jobs Grant

The Small Business Jobs Grant Fund provides financial assistance to companies that are creating new jobs through expansion or start-up. The grants range anywhere from $500 to $2,000 per job created.

To qualify for the program, the company must be:

· A Manufacturer;
· A Distributor;
· A company involved in Research and Development;
· ...

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Propane Autogas Vehicle Sales Increase 8%

Sales of propane autogas-fueled vehicles increased 8% to 14,000 in 2016 compared to the year before, according to data from the Propane Education and Research Council.

The council measured sales of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including OEM dedicated and aftermarket conversions.

Over the past four years, the total number of propane autogas vehicles on the road has grown by more than 35%. As of 2016, there are nearly 200,000 vehicles now being used in U.S. private and public fleets, according to ...

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Aggregated Procurement Opportunity – Reduce AFV Costs

The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the National Association of Regional Councils, is participating in a regional procurement initiative designed to consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure to make their purchase more affordable. Known as “F4F” for Fleets for the Future, the goal of the program is to reduce the incremental costs of propane, electric, and natural gas powered vehicles and refueling and charging infrastructure. Local ...

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Most of the new electricity generating capacity in 2016 came from wind, solar & natural gas

More than 27 gigawatts (GW) of electricity generating capacity was added to the U.S. power grid during 2016, the largest amount of added capacity since 2012. These additions more than offset the retirement of roughly 12 GW of capacity, resulting in a net capacity gain of nearly 15 GW, the largest change since 2011. These net additions follow a 4 GW net capacity decrease in 2015—the largest net drop in capacity recorded in the United States.

The mix of capacity additions ...

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VCC Receives Green Supporting Partner of the Year Award

Virginia Green Announces 2016 Green Travel Star & Green Travel Leader Award Winners!

Awards were presented on February 17th at the 4th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference held at the UVA Darden School Conference Center

RICHMOND, VA. — The Virginia Green presented the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to nineteen (19) Virginia tourism businesses for their outstanding commitments to green tourism practices at the 4th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration. Twenty-two (22) additional tourism ...

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Buying an electric vehicle? A growing list of states will charge you extra yearly fees.

Electric vehicles serve the public good — they reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. But these social benefits are not reflected in the price of the vehicles, which remain, at this stage of market development, somewhat more expensive than comparable internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

That is why EVs are the target of a range of supportive public policies, from a $7,500 federal tax credit to various state-level incentives, including tax credits and exemptions, access to special highway lanes, ...

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BMW Releases Details of Expanded ChargeNow by EVgo Program

BMW of North America has announced details on the expansion of the ChargeNow by EVgo programs, including ChargeNow DC Fast, to more than 50 metro areas in the U.S., encompassing the entire EVgo public charging network, the largest public DC Fast charging network in the nation.

With this expansion, more than 92% of BMW i3, BMW i8 and BMW iPerformance (BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 740e xDrive, BMW 530e and the BMW 330e) drivers in the U.S. will be able to take ...

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Blue Bird to Use $4.4M DOE Award to Develop Electric School Bus

In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it would be awarding $15 million to organizations in an effort to accelerate the adoption of advanced and alternative fuel vehicles. Blue Bird Corp., a bus manufacturer located in Fort Valley, Ga., was presented the largest amount at $4.4 million in order to develop a zero-emission, 100% V2G electric school bus.

“As the leader in alternative fuel bus solutions, the addition of an electric school bus rounds out our portfolio,” ...

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Washington Auto Show to Feature ‘Green’ Diesels

With recent major announcements of new clean diesel engine options in the U.S. sedan, SUV and pickup truck markets, the Washington Auto Show will give policymakers and consumers an opportunity to see how diesel technology fits in the future plans of automakers and consumers.

“Last year was a record-setting year for light truck and SUV sales in the U.S., and the recent announcements by Ford of a diesel engine option in its 2018 F-150 and General Motors for a diesel engine ...

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Ford Launches Plug-In Hybrid Van Transit Project

Ford Motor Co. is launching a major project designed to help improve air quality as the automaker accelerates its electrification plans with 13 new global electrified vehicles (EVs) scheduled for introduction in the next five years.

The project, supported by Transport for London, features a 12-month trial of 20 new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Transit Custom vans that reduce local emissions by running solely on electric power for the majority of city trips, such as deliveries or maintenance work.

Commercial vehicles in London ...

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