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04.06.20

Given the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition is being postponed and rescheduled for early 2021. 

03.19.20

Worried about your ability to keep your fleet going in these uncertain times? Did you miss the Clean Tech Center & 100 Best Fleets webinar today? We've provided the following highlights to ensure you can keep your fleet going.

The webinar included 4 speakers: Robert Gordon of Cobb County, GA; Jerry Drake of Tucson Fire Maintenance, AZ; Rick Longobart of Longobart Ross Full Fleet Solutions; and Robert Martinez of NYC Police Department, NY.

Best practice highlights included the following: 

  • Upping sanitation of facilities and vehicles, whether client or own fleet vehicles, especially high-use areas in facilities and frequently touched areas in vehicles. 
  • Determining priority fleet customers or essential services that must continue to function (such as sanitation, emergency services, highest priority fleet vehicle, etc.)
  • Determining what can be done from home/remotely (such as administration, payroll, finance, etc.)
  • Be adaptable
  • Keep a constant tally of who is showing up for work/attendance and what their skill sets are
  • Setting up contingency processes if not already in use
  • Practicing staff loss ahead of time (understanding how to work without key staff, such as technicians, some leadership, etc.)
  • Rotate amount of people on shifts if possible and where they congregate-sanitize these areas often
  • If vehicle has held an infected person, replace cabin air filters when sanitizing the vehicle. When possible, park the vehicle for several days. 
  • Whenever a person, whether that be a client, third party vendor, or tech enters or leaves a vehicle, be sure to clean when entering and exiting. Ensure vendors are following similar policies to your own fleet so that you receive your vehicle, it is clean similar to when you dropped it off/left it to be serviced. 
  • Stock up on cleaning solution (or make your own!), gloves, and other items necessary to cleanse your vehicles when possible. 

 

Have more questions? Please see the presentations linked here.

The contact information for each of the speakers is also listed in the presentation linked above, so feel free to contact them to ask questions or share best practice tips! Stay well from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition!

02.28.20

According to 2020 NFPA 58 guidelines, all propane autogas vehicles reinstated into service, purchased, or converted after Jan. 1, 2020, will need to adopt the K15 quick-connect vehicle refueling valve. The quick-connect nozzle reduces fugitive emissions and increases driver safety. Learn more about the nozzle guidelines and see if your fleet needs to update to the K15

02.19.20

Be sure to join us at our February 19th stakeholder meeting, focusing on Renewable Natural Gas! Please RSVP to Carina Soriano by clicking csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org (here)

02.18.20

Carina Soriano, CCFC Co-Coordinator, attended the Energy Independence Summit in Washington DC last week on February 10-12th. Centralina was glad to meet with other North Carolina folks from the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition as well as partner NC Clean Energy Technology Center. This annual event is the nation's premier clean transportation policy summit. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key Congressional and Administration policymakers in Washington, DC. This year, our information to congressional leaders focused on stablizing Clean Cities program and clean transportation initiatives funding, continued support for extending alt fuel tax credits and grants such as the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grant to assist our stakeholders with future fleet building money, technology, and opportunities. Interested? Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) hosts the Summit every year and we're always looking for more stakeholder involvement! Being a Clean Cities stakeholder assists with registration costs too. Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org to see how to participate next year! 

02.18.20

On January 27-29th, Carina Soriano, CCFC's Co-Coordinator attended the Coordinator 101 training in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. This national exchange of ideas for consideration was a good chance to network and exchange best practices among new coalitions and coordinators with a few coordinators having prior experience to working with the Clean Cities program or similar industry. A few key efforts arose from the training that CCFC will focus on in 2020.

These include:

  • stakeholder (re)-engagement, ensuring that we are listening to and assisting our stakeholders in their own projects as best as possible while adding to our stakeholder base;
  • better concise and quicker communication about funding and research opportunities available from DOE and other sources;
  • and finally potentially tackling more technical partnership projects, such as hosting or finding partners to host tech trainings, which has been identified as a need within our region.

This experience left Carina fired up and ready to tackle more for the CCFC and our stakeholders. If there is anything we can assist with, or you are interested in the tech trainings, please let us know! We want to know if there is a great enough need to move forward with this idea. Please contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for further details. 

01.09.20

The next round of CFAT funds are now available. 2020 offers $1.4 million, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, and supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the NCDOT. 

Project proposals are limited to $400,000 with a minimum ask of $5,000. Applications are due Friday, March 13, 2020 and should be emailed to Rick Sapienza at resapienza [at] ncsu [dot] edu. This will likely be the only soliciation for 2020. 

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center will host a CFAT 2020 Round 1 Informational Webinar from 2-3pm, Monday, January 13th. The webinar will cover an overview of eligible projects and have Q&A to assist with application submission. 

For additional details, please visit https://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/2020/01/08/new-round-of-grant-funds-available-through-clean-fuel-advanced-technology-cfat-project/

12.20.19

Starting January 1st, Way2Go CLT will transition to ShareTheRide NC. Users will be able to log in and earn rewards for alternative commutes; however, it will be on a new platform and app. All data, trips logged and account information will be switched over automatically to the new system. Download the new app, STRNC for Apple and STRNC for Android, by January 1, 2020, to make the transition.

12.12.19
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the upcoming availability of approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. 
 
The DERA program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas. 
 
Application packages must be submitted electronically to the EPA through Grants.gov no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET to be considered for funding. 
 
More information can be found here

The EPA will host a series of webinars to assist applicants in learning more about the DERA program and this Request for Applications (RFA). Participants will learn about program details, changes from last year’s RFA, who is eligible for the grants, what projects can be funded, how to apply, and more. The links for these webinars are listed below:
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