VOLUME 3 . ISSUE 2. March 2017

Register Today for the
 2017 Rally at the Raceway!

The Rally at the Raceway is Virginia's premier alternative fuel vehicle event, supporting Virginia Clean Cities' mission to advance air quality and economic security.

Join vendors, industry leaders, and fellow enthusiasts. Event includes workshops, vendor booths, an awards ceremony, and the opportunity for a Ride & Drive on the Richmond International Raceway track. Bring your alternative fuel vehicle and take it for a spin!

CNG Training & Certification Courses Now Open for Registration - 
Course is April 10 to April 14, 2017

This course presents an introduction to operating vehicles using compressed natural gas (CNG). Students are required to gain an understanding of CNG, regulations, component and line fabrications, driver education requirements, and diagnostic testing comĀ­ponents. Students will apply basic competencies to grasp in-depth workings of CNG vehicles.  {more}
The Grid is Getting Cleaner: Most New Electricity Capacity in 2016 Came From Wind, Solar and 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.  {more}

Nissan LEAF Group Buy Program - Now at Passport Nissan in Alexandria
Virginia Clean Cities is pleased announce to the extension of the first EV Group Buy Program in Virginia for the 2016 Nissan LEAF. This limited time offer leverages the power of a group of consumers to negotiate a discounted price from a car dealer.

We invite you to join us in participating in this EV Group Buy Program. This is community-wide program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents to purchase an electric vehicle.

Virginia Green Travel Awards VCC the Green Supporting Partner of the Year Award

VCC received the Green Supporting Partner of the Year Award at the Virginia Green Travel Conference on February 17th.    {more}

BMW Releases Detail of Expanded 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. {more}

Blue Bird to use $4.4 million Department of Energy 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. 
DOE Data: Half of the United Sate Broke Through Ethanol "Blend Wall" in 2015
Recent data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that gasoline consumed in 25 states and the District of Columbia contained more than 10.0 percent ethanol on average in 2015, demonstrating that the so-called "E10 Blend Wall" continues to crumble.{more}

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Donate Your Vehicle to VCC and Earn a Tax Deduction!
Virginia Clean Cities is a certified motor vehicle charity consigner! If you have a vehicle rusting away in your parking lot that you need to be rid of, and want a tax-deduction for it, we'd love to take it off your hands! {more}




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Upcoming Events

March 14, 2017: Work Truck Show & Green Truck Summit - Indianapolis Register here

March 22, 2017:  Clean Fuels and Cool Brews  - Norfolk, VA Register here

April 6, 2017: 4th Annual Rally at the Raceway - Richmond, VA Register here

April 10 2017 : CNG Training & Certification Course - Chesapeake, VA.  Register here

June 5, 2017 : CNG Training & Certification Course - Chesapeake, VA.  Register here

September 11, 2017 : CNG Training & Certification Course - Chesapeake, VA.  Register here

December 4, 2017 : CNG Training & Certification Course - Chesapeake, VA.  Register here

For a full list of upcoming events, please visit

New and Renewing Stakeholders

Dominion Power

Tidewater Fiber Recycling
Virginia Natural Gas

Rockingham Petroleum

James River Air Conditioning, Co.

Williams Mullen

Eastern Mennonite University

Naval Facilities - Mid-Atlantic

Thank you for your support of our organization, and we hope you enjoy this newsletter!

For more information from Virginia Clean Cities, please contact Alleyn Harned at
or (540) 568-8896.  

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