Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP)
This project will convert over 1,200 vehicles across 36 fleets to propane, conduct propane road shows across 12 states, and deploy a national marketing and outreach campaign. The project is expected to eliminate over 4,000 tons of pollutants over the 4 years, displace 4 million gallons of gasoline, and create/retain many jobs. Propane is a cheaper cleaner burning transportation fuel that is a byproduct of oil a gas exploration and over 90% of it is produced domestically.
Clean Cities National Parks Initiative
VCC is working with the Shenandoah National Park to deploy electric vehicles and propane mowers and to explain these technologies to park visitors. This partnership will help the National Park Service to accelerate the introduction and deployment of domestically produced alternative fuels and energy efficient vehicles. Over the course of the project, VCC will produce an educational video about the Park’s sustainable vehicle program, and lead a project kick-off event as an education and outreach tool for Park staff, visitors, and media outlets. VCC will also develop electric vehicle charger design protocols in the form of a case study, and provide other technical assistance as needed to the Park. The Shenandoah National Park will acquire a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, an all-electric vehicle, three 220V EV chargers, and 12 propane lawn mowers. VCC also supports the Blue Ridge Parkway’s efforts with propane service vehicles.
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.
Clean Cities Coalition Support
VCC provides ongoing support to the U.S. Department of Energy’s local alternative fuels deployment and educational efforts. As an officially recognized coalition since 1996, coalition members displace more than 40,000 tons of greenhouse gases each year and 7 million gallons of gasoline. Formerly the Hampton Roads Clean Cities Coalition, VCC provides the U.S. Department of Energy with federal technical reports and local programs. VCC is supported by hundreds of local business and fleet partners who serve as stakeholder members. In addition to organizing regular stakeholder events, meetings and other education and outreach activities, VCC also provides Alternative Fuel Data Center station updates and quarterly alternative fuel price reports.
Alternative Fuel Implementation Team (AFIT)
VCC is collaborating with the North Carolina Solar Center/NC State University (NCSC) in conducting a 24 month AFIT project with federal funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy. The main purpose of the project is to reduce barriers to alternative transportation fuel adoption and will focus on the expansion of biodiesel, ethanol (E85), natural gas, propane and electricity in fueling transportation. The project culminates in the development of a Petroleum Displacement Toolkit and a Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference during the second year of the grant.
Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets Adoption and Growth
This program aims to address numerous shortfalls in the large-scale adoption of alternative fuels and deployment of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The program will be managed and performed by a partnership of several organizations throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC. As part of this grant, these partners will comprise the Clean Domestic Fuel Council. VCC’s primary role will be participating in this council and collaboratively planning seminars, webinars, trainings, and assisting with the creation and management of focus groups that address the projects goals of education and barrier reduction in regards to alternative fuels (with emphasis on CNG and Propane) in the DC-Maryland-Virginia region. VCC will also assist in policy education initiatives and disseminate existing materials that inform stakeholders about relevant regulations that impact the process of alternative fuel deployment.