Virginia Clean Cities in the News

 

2014

August 27, 2014
Omnitek Engineering Receives Order for Mack E7 Diesel-to-Natural Gas Engine Conversion Kits From Recycling Company

Omnitek Engineering Corporation today announced it has received an initial order for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kits designed and EPA-approved for the 12 liter Mack E7 engine from Chesapeake, Virginia-based TFC Recycling. The initial order for conversion kits is part of TFC Recycling’s goal to convert its entire fleet of more than 100 vehicles to operate on natural gas.
– CNN Money

August 18, 2014
Virginia Energy Council Holds Meeting in Richmond

Energy leaders gathered in Richmond Monday to put their heads together and figure out how to move the Commonwealth forward. It’s part of a new initiative under Governor Terry McAuliffe to create a greener commonwealth.
– WVIR (NBC29)

August 18, 2014
Only natural gas filling station in Northern Virginia hits Loudoun

Northern Virginia is getting its only public natural gas fueling station adjacent to Washington Dulles International Airport.  Newport Beach, Calif.-based Clean Energy Fuels will be operating the facility which will be open 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  The station is run as a partnership between Clean Energy and Quarles Fleet Fueling, a Fredericksburg energy company.
– Loudoun Times-Mirror

April 23, 2014
Workshop to offer solar energy education

The Virginia Cooperative Extension will allow local residents the chance to learn more about harnessing the powering of the sun next month. The cooperative extension, along with the Virginia Department of Mine, Minerals, and Energy, will host a workshop on solar photovoltaics, or PV, on May 17 in Front Royal. John Ignosh of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, along with Jeff Gilbert, co-founder of Chesapeake Solar, will be teaching the workshop. Individuals from Virginia Clean Cities will also make a presentation on how solar electric systems can integrate with electric vehicle charging systems.
– nvdaily.com

April 16, 2014
Virginia Clean Cities Representatives Talk Natural Gas at Expo

Representatives of Virginia Clean Cities joined car manufacturers and industry experts at a Richmond Expo to showcase new technologies and vehicles powered by natural gas. They say such vehicles can produce significantly lower levels of emissions than traditional fuel sources….and that switching one waste truck has the pollution-reduction impact of removing 325 cars from the road. The advocates also say the idea of switching to natural gas for public and private fleets is catching on across the Commonwealth.
WVTF


April 14, 2014
Natural gas vehicle expo underway in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – An expo and conference geared toward natural gas vehicles is underway at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
TriCities.com


April 12,2014
Feeling at home in nature during Staunton Earth Day celebration

Another Earth Day participant was Matthew Wade, program coordinator with Virginia Clean Cities, a nonprofit organization on the campus of James Madison University. His exhibit featured a model wind turbine, more than six feet high, that served as a magnet for curious children and their families.
Newsleader Staunton


April 7, 2014
Roanoke City Receives New Electric Car Charging Station

The City of Roanoke’s City Council approved the donation of a level 3 electric vehicle charging station.  This station will be the city’s third charging station and will have the capacity to charge your electric car in about thirty minutes.  The donation was made possible by a collaboration between Virginia Clean Cities and the City of Roanoke.
– wsls10.com


April 1, 2014
PERC Acknowledges Clean Cities Groups for Autogas Advocacy

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has recognized five U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities organizations with its inaugural Outstanding Propane Supporter award.
NGT News


March 29, 2014
Virginia Tech students working to make cars greener

ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke caught a glimpse of what Virginia Tech is doing to keep the Commonwealth green. The university’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team showed off the latest green technology at its event “Innovation Under the Hood: Roanoke’s Green Car Show.”
WDBJ7


March 24, 2014
Green Car Show

Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Tech Hybrid Electrical Vehicle Team will be co-hosting Innovation Under the Hood: Roanoke’s Green Car Show March 29 in Roanoke, VA.
WDBJ7


March 11, 2014
Natural Gas Vehicle Conference Ready for Richmond

Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association (VOGA) will be co-hosting the 2014 Appalachian Basin NGV Expo and Conference next month, convening at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on April 14-16.
– NGT News


February 18, 2014
Tax Repeal Could Increase Green Drivers

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Virginia lawmakers voted to repeal a year-old tax on hybrid cars. Currently, the cities of Staunton, Harrisonburg and Waynesboro top the list of the most registered green drivers, per five square miles. Leaders with Virginia Clean Cities expect these numbers to continue increasing if the repeal of the hybrid vehicle tax is signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
WHSV

 

2013

 

November 4, 2013
University Fleet Adds Propane Autogas to the Mix

James Madison University, in partnership with Virginia Clean Cities, has completed the deployment of 12 vehicles that were converted to run on propane autogas, and five additional conversions are in the works.
The Breeze


November 1, 2013
JMU Helps Virginia Clean Cities Convert Vehicles to Propane

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — The Virginia Clean Cities has completed its plan to deploy 1200 vehicles across the country that run on propane gas. This happened in 13 different states, including Virginia.
WHSV


October 31, 2013
JMU vehicles converted to run on alternative fuel source

Propane is commonly used to fire up a grill and heat homes, but now it is also being used to power 12 JMU vehicles. In coordination with Virginia Clean Cities, the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability has recently completed a vehicle conversion program as part of a nationwide conversion project.
NGT News


October 27, 2013
Innovations to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and help clean up the environment

Vehicles operated by Groome Transportation, Virginia Premier Health Plan, James Madison University, Red Top Cab in Arlington, the city of Newport News, Spotsylvania County, and the Augusta, Culpeper and Frederick county sheriff’s offices were converted to propane fuel in Virginia.
Richmond Times-Dispatch


October 25, 2013
SPADP: 1,189 Vehicles Make the Shift to Propane Autogas

The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP), launched in 2009 and administered by Virginia Clean Cities, has come to its conclusion, resulting in the conversion of more than 1,000 vehicles to run on propane.
NGT News


October 24, 2013
Virginia Clean Cities Completes Project, Reaches 1,189 Vehicle Conversions to Propane

HARRISONBURG, VA–(Marketwired – October 24, 2013) – Virginia Clean Cities is proud to announce that 1,189 vehicles have been successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP). The Program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program and is administered by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University. The conversions completed through SPADP displace about 1.2 million gallons of gasoline and decrease our CO2 footprint by about 6,000 tons each year.
Digital Journal


August 14, 2013
GRTC buses & airport shuttles convert to CNG

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – If you listen closely, it’s a little quieter in Richmond, and the air is a little cleaner. GRTC buses and the Richmond Airport shuttles are converting to CNG, compressed natural gas.
NBC12


August 1, 2013
GRTC Going Green

RICHMOND, Va. – To celebrate the compressed natural gas buses, Mayor Dwight Jones, the CEO of GRTC and several city leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. The goal is to transition all of GRTC’s buses to the new CNG fueled ones — which are environmentally-friendly.
WRIC


July 12, 2013
Richmond VA Goes Electric (Electric Vehicles)

Richmond VA Goes Electric was produced by Dominion in cooperation with Virginia Clean Cities and is a project of the Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi). The video tells the local story of Richmonders experiencing substantial benefits in efficiency, economics, dependability and driving experience associated with electric vehicles. With any city driving, electric vehicles are part of the solution for reducing dependence on foreign oil and helping the environment!
YouTube


June 17, 2013
Va.-based propane project expects to hit goal

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia-based project expects to meet its goal of converting 1,200 vehicles in the Southeast to propane. The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program has converted 1,000 vehicles since it began in December 2009, including 126 in Virginia. The $20 million program will end in December 2013.
WTOP

VA.-BASED PROPANE PROJECT EXPECTS TO HIT GOAL OF CONVERTING 1,200 VEHICLES BY ITS END IN DEC.
HARRISONBURG, Va. — A Virginia-based project expects to meet its goal of converting 1,200 vehicles in the Southeast to propane. The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program has converted 1,000 vehicles since it began in December 2009, including 126 in Virginia. The $20 million program will end in December 2013.
Stanford LP Gas


June 16, 2013
Virginia Clean Cities: 1000 Propane

Virginia Clean Cities is spreading the word that 1,000 vehicles have been successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. SPADP is supported by funding from ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.
Fleets & Fuels


June 15, 2013
Clean Cities Program Converts 1,000 Vehicles To Propane

HARRISONBURG — Virginia Clean Cities, a local nonprofit partnered with James Madison University, has converted 1,000 vehicles to run on propane autogas throughout the Southeast.
Daily News Record


June 13, 2013
Virginia Clean Cities reaches 1,000 vehicle conversions to propane

Virginia Clean Cities announced that 1,000 vehicles have been successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP). The Program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.
Green Car Congress

A Thousand Propane Autogas Conversions Under SPADP
The Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP), an initiative managed by Virginia Clean Cities and the State of Virginia, has hit the 1,000-vehicle-conversions milestone
NGT News


June 12, 2013
Virginia Clean Cities Reaches 1,000 Vehicle Conversions to Propane

Virginia Clean Cities is proud to announce that 1,000 vehicles have been successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP). The Program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.
Market wired

Virginia Clean Cities Reaches 1,000 Vehicle Conversions to Propane
RICHMOND, VA–(Marketwired – June 12, 2013) – Virginia Clean Cities is proud to announce that 1,000 vehicles have been successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP). The Program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.
Yahoo! Finance

Virginia Clean Cities Reaches 1,000 Vehicle Conversions to Propane
Virginia Clean Cities is proud to announce that 1,000 vehicles have been successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program.
Zealot of Virginia


June 4, 2013
JMU helps Virginia Clean Cities reach 1,000 converted propane vehicles

By converting seven vehicles to run on propane, James Madison University has helped Virginia Clean Cities reach 1,000 vehicles successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program.
James Madison University


May 9, 2013
Clean Cities Success: Richmond Refuse

Our Success Story this week comes from Richmond, Virginia-where compressed natural gas refuse trucks are a common sight. The city has acquired 25 high compaction CNG trucks along with 2 natural gas fueled Honda Civics. Federal incentives and support from Virginia Clean Cities helped off-set vehicle costs. A private 13-stall CNG fueling station was also built to automatically time-fill vehicles overnight. City officials say the environmental benefits of CNG are huge. Their refuse trucks emit less carbon dioxide and soot than diesel, with big savings in fuel costs.
Motor Week


May 2, 2013
Charged up: UVA unveils C’ville’s first electric station

A little over two years ago, UVA student Kyle Smalkowski founded the student organization START, Sustainable Transportation Advancement and Research Team, with hopes that the group would help fulfill a goal of his—to bring a publicly accessible electric vehicle charging station to Charlottesville.
The Hook


April 26, 2013
UVa plugs in with electric vehicle charging station

Electric vehicle drivers in the Charlottesville area have a new publicly-accessible place to charge up at the University of Virginia.The project that brought a charging station to the second level of UVa’s Central Grounds Garage was spearheaded by fourth-year student Kyle Smalkowski with support from the university’s facilities management and parking and transportation departments.
Daily Progress

University of Virginia Unveiling First Electric Charging Station
The University of Virginia is unveiling its first electric charging station Friday. It’s giving UVA students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public, a chance to fill-up without actually using any fuel. UVA fourth year Kyle Smalkowski started The Sustainable Transportation Advancement Research Team, or START, to tackle the lack of fueling stations for electric vehicles in the Charlottesville area.
NBC29


March 31, 2013
JMU sustainability efforts take many forms

Harrisonburg-based James Madison University, the largest university in the Shenandoah Valley and one of its biggest employers, has various green initiatives and programs.
Virginia Business


February 26, 2013
North Carolina Sheriff to Save More Than $13K Annually with Propane Fleet

The Buncombe County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office recently converted 10 Ford Crown Victoria models to propane autogas under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP). The law enforcement fleet expects to displace 20 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year and save more than $13,000 annually on fuel cost savings
Green Fleet Magazine


January 3, 2013
Clean Cities: Virginia Sheriff’s Office

Our Success Story this week puts the spotlight on Spotsylvania County, Virginia. In 2011, the county partnered with Virginia Clean Cities and the State and Federal government to convert 10 Ford Crown Victoria Sherriff’s department police cruisers to propane. This year, additional funding from the program allowed them to convert more cruisers along with four school district trucks.
Motor Week

 

2012

October 18, 2012
Virginia Propane Autogas Roadshow at Hampton Roads Odyssey Day Showcases Alt Fuel That Will Power State Fleets

CHESAPEAKE, Va., Oct 18, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Virginia fleet operators and alternative fuel experts gathered in Chesapeake today for Hampton Roads Clean Energy Day Odyssey, which featured the Virginia Propane Autogas Roadshow. Hosted by Virginia Clean Cities, the roadshow showcased autogas-powered fleet vehicles in the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program as well as presentations from Alliance AutoGas, ROUSH CleanTech, the Propane Education and Research Council and VCC.
Market Watch

Richmond hotel offers electric-car charging station
Mayor Dwight C. Jones helped officially open the first electric car charging station at the Richmond Omni on Wednesday following an event at the hotel that made the case for installing the stations as a sound business decision.
Richmond Times-Dispatch


October 17, 2012
Mayor Jones Performs Official Plug-in at First Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Richmond Omni Hotel

Mayor Dwight C. Jones was joined by Virginia Clean Cities today for the opening of Richmond Omni Hotel’s first public charging station. The City of Richmond has been an important partner in the Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative — a planning grant for electric vehicles through the Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure grant.
Richmond City News Blog


August 15, 2012
Newport News Expects $22K Fuel Savings from Propane Autogas Conversions

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The City of Newport News has converted 22 fleet vehicles to run on propane autogas, expected to save the fleet $22,000 annually on fuel costs and eliminate more than 11 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Green Fleet Magazine


May 18, 2012
Alternative fuels powering fleets in Newport News, Gloucester

NEWPORT NEWS — A cylindrical-shaped tank takes up about 30 percent of the trunk space of an unmarked Newport News police cruiser, storing propane to power the heavily-used vehicle.
Daily Press


April 12, 2012
Join us for a live online event discussing the benefits of using Bio-Diesel in Fleet Vehicles

VCC has been actively involved in facilitating the use of Bio-Diesel Fuels and Products in vehicle fleets since its formation. Bio-Diesel has been growing as a fuel source for many years, and provides many advantages for fleets and stakeholders using it. VCC is happy to be a facilitator in educating fleets, stakeholders and community members on the growing importance of Bio-Diesel as a fuel.
TV Worldwide


March 23, 2012
HEVT & Virginia Clean Cities Partner at EV Workshop

Virginia Clean Cities invited HEVT to participate in the Richmond Electric Vehicle Workshop. The workshop’s purpose was to discuss and develop a plan for the Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi). Virginia Clean Cities and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy received a planning grant through the Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure.
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech


March 21, 2012
CNG Fleets

The toolkit was developed as an outgrowth to CNG bus conversions that the Virginia Clean Cities was developing; the project was funded by DOE…. Allows you to find and utilize two primary numbers, the fuel price difference and your vehicle cost difference, to calculate a simple payback period. Perhaps more importantly, it helps you get basic pieces of information in one place to prepare for potential funding opportunities in the future.
Clean Vehicle Solutions

 

2011

December 1, 2011
Virginia Clean Cities wants us to drive on cheaper, domestic propane

“You have a lot of choices when it comes to the fuel for your fleet. At Virginia Clean Cities, we don’t feel there is one solution,” Virginia Clean Cities projects director Peter Denbigh told a small crowd at the GOVgreen conference this afternoon. “At a high level, they’re all wanting to displace petroleum, they’re all wanting to work on their energy independence. There may be a lot of right answers.”
TBD


November 7, 2011
Additional Southeast Fleets Convert to Propane Autogas

HARRISONBURG, VA – Virginia Clean Cities announced an additional nine fleets and more than 160 vehicles are joining the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program for vehicle conversions to propane autogas and the installation of on-site fueling stations. Of these, seven are in the public sector, according to a release from Virginia Clean Cities.
Government Fleet


October 24, 2011
Virginia pilot program offers lower rates for electric vehicle charging

Dominion Virginia Power recently introduced a program that gives electric vehicle owners a rate break if they charge their cars overnight.
Western Area Power Administration


May 12, 2011
Virgina Clean Cities Helps Convert 1,000+ Vehicles to Propane Autogas

LONG BEACH, CA – Funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities, the Virginia Clean Cities’ grant program is helping fleets convert more than 1,000 vehicles from gasoline to propane autogas and implementing more than 25 propane autogas fueling stations across the Southeast.
Government Fleet


July 18, 2011
Virginia Clean Cities Offering Grants for Propane Vehicle Conversions

HARRISONBURG, VA – The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are looking for proposals from fleets in the Southeastern U.S. that are interested in converting 10 or more vehicles to run on propane (propane autogas engine fuel). The application deadline is Friday, August 12, 2011 at 5 pm EDT.
Government Fleet

 

2010

December 28, 2010
Va. Clean Cities Schedules Hydrogen Seminar

HARRISONBURG, VA – Virginia Clean Cities has scheduled a hydrogen energy seminar for Feb. 25 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. In addition, a similar program is set for Jan. 20 at the University of Maryland. The seminars will address hydrogen research, deployment, and policy.
Government Fleet


November 30, 2010
TCI and Virginia Clean Cities partner up

TCI partners with VCC to support continued growth of alternative transportation and related industries.
TCI


July 29, 2010
Clean Cities Autogas Vehicle Conversion Program Rolls Out First of 1,189 LPG Cars in Virginia

The first vehicle converted to propane Autogas under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program is on the road, with thirty more program vehicles slated to be running on Autogas by the end of August.
Green Car Congress


July 16, 2010
Preparing Virginia for Electric Cars

Gov. McDonnell announced Wednesday the Commonwealth’s collaborative efforts to plan and address issues for facilitating vehicle electrification in the years ahead.
WHSV

 

2009

October 8, 2009
Virginia Clean Cities Announces Partnership with James Madison University

Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with James Madison University (JMU). The partnership enables both organizations to leverage resources, current initiatives, and future opportunities.
James Madison University, Department of Integrated Science and Technology


September 2009
Virginia Receives $8.6 Million for Southeast Propane Corridor Development Program

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) in cooperation with Virginia Clean Cities and James Madison University are among one the twenty-five award recipients announced at DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on August 26, 2009 by Secretary Steven Chu. DMME and Virginia Clean Cities will receive $8.6 million in federal funding to assist with the conversion of over 1,000 active fleet vehicles to propane AutoGas in 9 southeastern states, and the installation of over 17 propane AutoGas fueling stations along high-impact roadways from Washington, D.C. to Florida to Mississippi in the development of the nation’s first propane AutoGas Corridor.
Fuels Fix


June 2009
Propane Road Show Visits Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina

Propane took center stage this spring at three successful road show events hosted by several Clean Cities coalitions. In March, the road show attracted attention in Frederick and Annapolis, Maryland, as well as in Poquoson and Fairfax, Virginia. With the help of Maryland and Virginia Clean Cities, fuel and vehicle suppliers demonstrated the benefits of propane.
Clean Cities Now


January 2009
Older Diesel Vehicles Replaced with Natural Gas Vehicles in Virginia

In 2009, EPA awarded Virginia Clean Cities a grant to fund replacements of dirty refuse haulers and school buses throughout Virginia. Part of this award went to the City of Richmond, who used the funds to replace its refuse haulers with natural gas-powered engines.
EPA

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