Stakeholder Meeting Recap

Thank-you to everyone who was able to join us for our stakeholder meeting last week in Bozeman, Montana. For those of you who were not able to join us, I wanted to provide a very brief recap.

 

 

I began the meeting by providing an update on Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities activities. One of our main focus areas this year has been communicating about the VW Settlement funds and working with fleets to design and apply for projects. These funds can help support fleets replace old diesel vehicles with new diesel or alternative fuel vehicles. This is an unprecedented opportunity for alternative fuel vehicle deployment and we want as many folks aware and applying for the funds as possible. It is not every day a program exists to basically give you money to help purchase new vehicles.

 

YTCC intern, Bailey Collins walked us through the process of an individual purchasing an electric vehicle from a dealership, it is, unfortunately, is not as easy as we wish it to be. Keep a look out for a blog post about this!

 

We heard from Kyla Maki, Energy Resource Professional with Montana Department of Environmental Quality about two projects. She gave a very thorough update about  Solar Energy Innovation Network Montana Project. This project has been underway for over a year and looked at various scenarios using solar power to charge electric vehicles in Bozeman, Missoula and Whitefish, MT.

 

 

Kyla also gave an update on the Volkswagen Funds in Montana. They already had one round of funding available for alternative fuel buses. They will be making those awards shortly and will open another funding cycle for alternative fuel buses, from May 22nd – July 31st. Funding will be available for electric vehicle charging stations later this year.

 

Next, Kerbspace founder, Bill Clem, gave an eye-pleasing presentation about his charging stations. If you weren’t aware, we have an electric vehicle charging station company right in Bozeman. Check out Kerb’s new stations, you can currently find them at the RSVP motel and in the Cannery District. Kerb provides a very user-friendly and welcoming charging experience.

 

Sunshine Ross of Streamline and Galavan Transportation Service, provided the historical context of the programs and laid the groundwork for attendees to brainstorm ways in which funding and alternative fuel programs could be added to existing services.

 

Full Circle Biofuels’s Operations Manager, George Allison, provided an enlightening presentation about biofuels. Biodiesel is one of the easiest alternative fuels to implement as it is a “drop-in” fuel. This means you do not have to purchase a special vehicle to use it, biodiesel can easily be used in existing diesel vehicles. In addition, Full Circle produces biodiesel by using waste vegetable oil, which has an even higher greenhouse reduction benefit by utilizing a waste product to create a usable fuel. Don’t hesitate to reach out to YTCC or Full Circle if you are interested in using biodiesel.

 

We also heard from Custer Gallatin National Forest’s Fleet Manager, Michael Donch. Through Donch’s efforts, Custer Gallatin National Forest has the greenest fleet in the entire National Forest network. The alternative fuel vehicle he primarily incorporates are plug-in hybrid vehicles. If the rugged National Forest can find a way to include electric vehicles in their fleet, I think anyone can.

 

Finally, Jesse Therian of Nordic Brewery explained their process of including an electric vehicle charging station in their construction design of the Nordic Brewing building. Therian found success by running the electric conduit prior to pouring concrete and utilizing rebate funding from Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities to help the economics of the project.

 

YTCC and board were very impressed by the projects in Montana and inspired to increase alternative fuel efforts in the region!

 

– Alicia Cox

 

Purchasing an EV in Bozeman, MT

Buying an electric vehicle is not always as simple as you would think, and therefore it is important to know your options for dealerships and vehicles available in your area. Many dealerships in the Bozeman area do not offer any electric vehicle options. While the dealerships that do have electric vehicles offer only one or a couple options and therefore there is not a variety of vehicles to select from when purchasing.

Ressler Motors will be offering the 2019 Audi e-tron at Audi Bozeman and Volkswagen of Bozeman within the next few months. All the 2019 Audi e-trons are brand new cars that can be purchased or leased. The price of these cars ranges between $74,000 and $90,000, based on the specific package and accessories chosen. The Audi e-tron can be bought online through the Audi website, where the choice is given to pre-pay or lease the vehicle. The website allows you to select a local dealership where the vehicle is sent and then available for pick-up or delivery by the dealership. Currently, the Audi e-tron is under high demand and all the vehicles at Bozeman dealerships have already been pre-sold.

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The Chevrolet Cadillac dealership, also associated with Ressler Motors, offers a Chevrolet Volt. However, currently, they only have one of this vehicle in stock. As well as Toyota of Bozeman, which is part of Ressler Motors, offers a Toyota Prius Prime. Unfortunately, there is a perceived lack of interest and demand for electric vehicles in Bozeman by the dealerships. Especially because many of the options offered are not 4-wheel drive. Overall, those are the current options for purchasing an electric vehicle locally in Bozeman, MT.

WY DEQ Seeks Public Input On How To Spend $8 million in VW Settlement Funds

Please consider submitting a comment to WY DEQ through their comment link below. Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities agrees with WY DEQ’s goals and objectives but recommends including alternative fuels, particularly compressed natural gas and electric. Please reach out to YTCC if you would like to discuss project or goal and objectives ideas prior to your comment submission. If you would simply like to fill out a form, please find our Project Form below 

Wyoming will focus on the following project types:

  • Class 8 local freight trucks.
  • Class 4 – 8 School buses, shuttle buses, or transit buses.
  • Pre-tier 4 diesel switcher locomotives.
  • Class 4 – 7 local freight trucks.
  • Airport Ground Support Equipment.

The State Of Wyoming has developed the following program goals and objectives to form the basis and selection criteria for the mitigation plan.

  • Reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
  • Achieving higher cost-effectiveness (more emissions reduced per amount spent).
  • Impact on non-attainment areas.
  • Affecting areas of greater population density.
  • Affecting sensitive populations (such as children and the elderly).

The Department is reaching out to the public as it plans how best to utilize the approximately $8 million dollars gained from the settlement.

For more information related to this settlement CLICK HERE to visit the EPA’s website dedicated to this topic.

Members of the public with thoughts or suggestions on the Mitigation Trust funds should utilize the submit comments link below.

Public comments will be accepted for 30 days and will end on May 24, 2017.

Click Here to submit comments

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Red Lodge!

Red Lodge, MT, The City of – Red Lodge has joined the growing regional network of electric vehicle charging
stations! 2 Tesla Destination Chargers and 2 Universal Clipper Creek Chargers sit adjacent to the Public
Restroom at 305 N Oakes Ave. The chargers will bring in new visitors to Red Lodge and the Beartooth Pass,
providing a new destination for electric vehicle owners.

EVSE Rebate Program Launched

Join Clean Cities to Help the Yellowstone-Teton Region Plug-In                         

Local non-profit offering $5,000 rebates for electric vehicle charging stations

Contact:

Alicia Cox
Executive Director
Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities

810.955.5811 · alicia@ytcleanenergy.org

 

Jackson, Wyoming | January 13, 2016 – Local businesses now have a unique financial opportunity to help develop the necessary infrastructure to electrify our region’s vehicle transportation. Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities (YTCC) is offering $5,000 rebates through two different programs for the installation of publicly available electric vehicle charging stations. Businesses and municipalities in the gateway communities of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks qualify. Applications are available at ytcleancities.org.

Just five years ago, only a few hundred EVs were sold each month, nationally. Now, EV sales are roughly 10,000 per month and are expected to continue to grow as charging infrastructure expands and drivers become better informed about the benefits of going electric. With zero tailpipe emissions, significantly better efficiency, and fewer parts requiring maintenance, EVs have proven to be reliable and cost-effective vehicles.

Businesses are beginning to see the benefits of providing their customers with the opportunity to charge while they shop. Hosting a station increases customer traffic, as many EV drivers will shop at certain locations specifically for its charging access, and it increases shopping time, with customers spending their charging time in the store.

In 2013 YTCC partnered with the Town of Jackson and Energy Conservation Works to install four charging stations in the Town of Jackson. In addition, YTCC recently partnered with Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and secured funding to install charging stations throughout both parks in the spring and summer of this year. “With the Town of Jackson and the National Parks leading the way with charging opportunities, the charging stations installed through this rebate opportunity will help complete the regional infrastructure necessary to allow plug-in electric vehicles to move throughout the Greater Yellowstone Region on electric,” Alicia Cox, Executive Director, Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities. These $5,000 rebates significantly reduce the costs of installation and allows local businesses the opportunity to take advantage of the many associated benefits of offering charging to customers.

To learn more about this program please join YTCC’s webinar on Thursday, January 21st at 11:00am or attend a ‘lunch and learn’ at the Jackson Whole Grocer’s community room on Thursday, January 28th from 11:30am-12:30pm. Please visit YTCC’s website at ytcleancities.org for webinar login and details.

YTCC is a non-profit based in Jackson with a mission to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities is the sole regional designee of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. The rebates are funded by two grants through the Teton Conservation District and the Environmental Protection Agency. Each program has separate requirements, so inquire with Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities to learn which program works for you.

New Years News

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Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities January Newsletter, click HERE to read the entire newsletter.

Annual Report 2014 Now Available

The Coalition is proud to announce the release of our first published annual report. Click here to view the report in its entirety.

Letter from the Executive Director:

It is with great pleasure I welcome you to Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition’s first annual report!

Achieving our mission…to displace the use of petroleum in the regional transportation sector…requires diverse and varied efforts; therefore we are often asked, “What exactly does the Coalition do?” We thought it was high time we put together a succinct report that fully illustrates and explains the who, what, why, and how of our organization.

This past year the Coalition has experienced a tremendous amount of growth and accomplishments. We went from having a staff of two full-time employees to include a part-time program associate in our Jackson office and a full time Energy Corps AmeriCorps member representing the Coalition and establishing a staff presence in Montana for the first time ever. Through Coalition projects and stakeholder efforts our region reduced 3,895,080 gallons of gasoline equivalent and 43,056 short tons greenhouse gas emissions! This placed the Coalition fourth in per capita reductions among all the Clean Cities organizations throughout the country. These successes are a result of your generosity and commitment to alternative fuels and strategies.

As the name of our organization borrows from the two iconic national parks of which our boundaries are set by, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, it is fitting to reflect on a quote by the National Parks Service Director, Jon Jarvis in 2009, “One of the most precious values of the national parks is their ability to teach us about ourselves and how we relate to the natural world. This important role may prove invaluable in the near future as we strive to understand and adapt to a changing climate.” Six years later these thoughts are as important as ever.

With Jarvis’s observation in mind and our eyes fixed on a vision of a Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem where all residents and visitors have access to clean, safe and efficient transportation options, we invite you to join us in protecting this magnificent region we are able to call home.

Kind Regards,

Alicia Cox

Executive Director

Alternative Fuel Technical Workshops

In conjunction with the rebate program, the Coalition is also hosting a set of alternative fuel vehicle workshops throughout the region. At each workshop, a panel of speakers will present on their technology of expertise and answer questions pertaining to the practical concerns of operating and maintaining alternative fuel vehicles. To access one of the $3,000 propane or electric vehicle rebates, attendance of one of the workshops is required.

Workshop times, locations, and speakers are as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 15th, Bozeman Public Library, Bozeman, MT 9:00am-1:00pm. To RSVP, click here.

    • Tad Pearson
      • Fleet Manager, ID National Laboratory – Biodiesel
    • Howard Haines
      • Environmental Engineer, MT Dept. of Environmental Quality – Biodiesel
    • Larry Osgood
      • Consulting Solutions and Rocky Mountain Propane Association – Propane
    • Matt Shirk
      • Research Engineer, Energy Storage and Transportation Systems ID National Laboratory – Electric Vehicles
  • Friday, April 17th, Teton County Public Library, Jackson, WY 10:00am-2:00pm. To RSVP, click here.

    • Larry Osgood
      • Consulting Solutions and Rocky Mountain Propane Association – Propane
    • Tracey Hind
      •  Alternative Fuel Automotive Instructor, Western Wyoming Community College – CNG
    • Tad Pearson
      •  Fleet Manager, ID National Laboratory – Biodiesel
    • Matt Shirk
      • Research Engineer, Energy Storage and Transportation Systems ID National Laboratory – Electric Vehicle
                                 

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program

The Coalition is pleased to announce two new alternative fuel vehicle rebate programs!

Applications accepted now until Tuesday, March 31st.

Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Rebate

The Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition was awarded a grant from the Teton Conservation District (TCD) to provide educational and financial support to regional organizations and individuals to assist in their purchase of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV). More specifically, the program aims to displace petroleum consumption by replacing conventional vehicles with compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and to help build a fleet to utilize the CNG fueling station that will be installed in the spring of 2015 at Shervin’s Independent Oil. Accompanying educational platforms include workshops discussing CNG vehicles and are open to interested participants free of charge. The rebate program will provide cost shares for 12 EPA certified original equipment manufacturer CNG vehicles or EPA certified CNG conversions of conventional vehicles. EPA certified CNG conversion information can be found at http://www.ngvamerica.org/vehicles/vehicle-availability/. Each entity is eligible to apply for a rebate to assist in their purchase of or conversion to a CNG vehicle. The financial support will cover 50% of the marginal increase in price of the OEM CNG vehicle over the conventionally fueled model, or 50% of the cost of the EPA certified conversion kit and installation to CNG, up to a maximum of $2,000.00.

CNG Rebate Guidelines

CNG Rebate Application

Alternative Fuels Vehicle Rebate

The Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition (YTCEC) was awarded a grant through the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) to provide educational and financial support to regional organizations and individuals to employ more efficient driving techniques and assist in the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles in the form of rebates. Educational platforms include workshops and are open to interested participants free of charge. Rebates are available to those who attend at least one workshop. Financial support is on the order of a $3,000.00 cost share towards the purchase of an alternative fuel vehicle to displace petroleum and replace a conventionally fueled vehicle. The program will support propane and electric vehicle technologies.

Alt Fuels Vehicle Rebate Guidelines

Alt Fuels Vehicle Rebate Application

Montana Renewable Energy Fair

July 25, 2013

Last weekend, YTCEC (Phil, Alicia, and new intern Christy) headed up to Butte, Montana for the Montana Renewable Energy Fair, put on by Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA).  After a quick stop in Dillon, MT for a little indulgence at the Patagonia outlet, we arrived in Butte on Friday evening.  We were immediately whisked away to a barbeque where we got to meet and talk with some of the other organizations that would have booths at the fair the next day.

Some great discussions, a lot of delicious food, and one dead bird later, we headed back to get some shut-eye before the long day we had planned.

Clean Energy Booth at Montana Renewable Energy FairWe were up early to set up our booth, and at 9am, the fair began! The whole thing took place to a pleasant background of local musicians and talents performing in the tent right behind our booth.  They even had a belly dancing performance.

Throughout the day, we all took advantage of the opportunity to network with Montana renewable energy organizations, in order to further expand the our reach beyond the greater Yellowstone area.  There were all sorts of workshops and Alicia and Christy were even able to attend a biodiesel demonstration from a group based up in Helena.

Because the day was long (9am-4pm), the crowd coming through was not concentrated all at once.  This allowed for us to have long, in-depth conversations with most of the people that stopped by our booth.  Many people took an interest in the anti-idling campaign, and grabbed several stickers to put up in hopes that it would deter their noisy neighbors and friends.

The level of interest the citizens of Butte and nearby towns showed in renewable transportation impressed us; we even met a couple people who ran their trucks off pure biodiesel in the summertime!

All in all, we left the fair with a lot more connections, and a great understanding of what groups in Montana are doing to promote and encourage renewable energy usage.