SAVE THE DATE! Friday, July 12th . . . Statewide Stakeholder Meeting
Please join us Friday, July 12, 2013, from 1pm to 2:30pm, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), for our Statewide Stakeholder meeting. The meeting will include statewide updates on alternative fuel advances, new technologies, and petroleum reduction strategies. There is also an optional tour of the NREL facility, from 2:30pm-3:30pm. Attendance will be capped at 50 people so RSVP now!
In the news . . .
Clean Cities Now Spring Issue Available Online
The Spring 2013 issue of Clean Cities Now (Vol. 17, No. 1) is available online. This edition includes news and information on:
- Clean Cities' 20th anniversary and the history of the program
- The City of Sacramento's use of liquefied natural gas for refuse trucks
- A new tool that helps communities get ready for electric vehicles
- Idle reduction at schools in St. Louis.
Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker
The recently-released Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker ( http://www.aeltracker.org/) allows users to find and track advanced energy legislation at the state level. The site is searchable by state, policy category (including transportation, emissions, and financing and financial incentives), keyword, bill number, and/or sponsor. Search results include information that you would typically find on a state legislature website (bill sponsor, recent actions, a link to bill text) in a concise and consistent format.
The Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker is a good compliment to the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Federal & State Laws & Incentives database ( http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/). While the AFDC provides summaries of the incentives, laws, regulations, and programs that are in place, the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker shows legislation currently under consideration. As such, both tools are useful as background for conversations with your state legislators, stakeholders, and others about alternative fuel and advanced vehicle policies and incentives.
Note that presently the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker is only updated periodically (the current database contains bills introduced prior to March 1st).
Northern Colorado Receives Funding for Two New Programs
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) was recently awarded funding through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities National Parks Initiative. The Clean Cities National Parks Initiative supports transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of reducing dependence on petroleum, cutting greenhouse gases, and easing traffic congestion. With support from the local Clean Cities coalition, Northern Colorado Clean Cities (NCCC), the park is planning to purchase one Toyota Highlander Hybrid and two Chevy Volts, install two electric vehicle charging stations, and expand idle-reduction efforts through technology deployment and a comprehensive education and outreach program. The project is also supporting the “Green our Rides’ effort established within the National Park Services’ Green Parks Plan.
NCCC will also be working with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), and other partners on CEO’s new project, Refuel Colorado, also funded by DOE. Refuel Colorado, A Roadmap to Increase Alternative Fuel Use in Colorado will work to add alternative fuel vehicles to State Purchasing Agreements; train and deploy Energy Coaches who will work directly with public and private fleets to assess and successfully implement opportunities for alternative fuel vehicle use; conduct an audit of the State fleet to identify options for alternative fuel vehicle use; and create a stakeholder-driven policy and regulatory roadmap for alternative fuels in Colorado. NCCC staff will act as Energy Coaches for the northern Colorado region.