Governor Cooper has officially appointed the Department of Environmental Quality (DAQ/DEQ) as the lead agency for NC in managing the $92 million the state will receive. This money comes from settlement of a lawsuit against the German automaker producing certain diesel vehicles with devices that meant emissions did not meet EPA standards. The announcement made included the invitation for public input regarding what the state should include in its mitigation plan. Public input is available until December 31st. A website was also launched in coordination with the appointment and can be found here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement
If you would like more information about this settlement and how to be involved in this conversation in our region, please contact Jason Wager at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org or 704-348-2707.
Cision PRWeb distributed today that The VW Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust has launched a website, to serve as the primary communication channel to the public. The trustee, Wilmington Trust, is required to post mitigation plans and funding requests on the website by approved beneficiaries. The site will be updated throughout the process for beneficiary designation and fund distribution.
link to the article on PRWeb here to find out more.
Fleets for the Future is excited to announce their recent partnership with NJPAand are looking forward to finding resources that are useful for public agency fleets nationwide.
Since this is the first of a series to announce opportunities for the national procurement for public agency fleets, specific vehicle platforms will be promoted and avaialble through various NJPA contracts. This partnership is designed to provide low-cost options to public fleets to replace or buy new alternative fuel vehicles or AFVs. They are also able to help with the cost of changing or putting in new infrastructure to support the AFVs.
For more information, please see the flyer here.
The project website is available at http://www.fleetsforthefuture.org/best-practices/.
The EPA is offering a rebate opportunity to buy new or retrofit existing older school buses with up to $20,000 available for new vehicles and up to $6,000 available for retrofits. Applications are now open and will be accepted through November 14, 2017 at 4pm. Those eligible for application include regional, state or local agencies, including tribal governments, native villages, school districts and municipalities or private entities that operate school buses under a contract with any above entity.
Please see https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates for more information.
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program Fall 2017
The Clean Cities internship will give students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering or environmental sciences, the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.
- Up to 38 internships available at competitively-selected U.S. Clean Cities Coalition locations working with dynamic Clean Cities coordinators and their stakeholders
- Positions are 15 or 20 hours per week (determined by the coalition) for 14 weeks each semester
- Internship dates: approximately September 5, 2017 through December 18, 2017. Exact start/end dates determined by individual coalitions
- Stipends range from $2,500 - $4,200 depending on academic classification and number of hours assigned by the coalition.
- Many past internships have led to permanent positions!
Applications are due August 8, 2017. To submit your resume and complete the online application, please click here. If selected, interns will be notified by September 1, 2017.
Questions? Email: CleanCitiesIntern [at] anl [dot] gov
FHWA CMAQ Emissions Calculator
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Natural Environment has developed a series of tools to provide technical support and resources for the implementation of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. The Alternative Fuels and Vehicles component provides estimates of emission reductions for CMAQ-funded projects where users are purchasing alternative fuel vehicles to replace a conventional fuel fleet or developing new alternative fuel infrastructure with restricted or unrestricted access. The tool uses emissions rates based on a national-scale run of the EPA MOVES model and alternative fuel factors from Argonne National Laboratory's AFLEET Tool. Detailed use and methodology are explained in accompanying documentation provided on the FHWA website. The entire toolkit can be accessed here.
Jason Wager, CCFC Coordinator, was recently mentioned in a Centralina Council of Government newsletter article for his election to serve on the National Clean Cities Coordinator Council. Click the following link to read the article titled "Centralina COG Staff Members Receive Recognition for Great Work Across the Region."
On April 27, 2017 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for up to $55 million in competitive grant funds through FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. The Low-No program supports projects sponsored by local transit agencies to bring advanced, American-made bus technologies such as battery electric power, natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells into service nationwide.
“FTA is proud to support investment in the next generation of transit buses, which will help riders across the country get to work, school, and other important destinations more comfortably and efficiently,” said FTA Executive Director Matthew Welbes. “The Low-No program exemplifies FTA’s commitment to spurring innovation in public transportation.”
FTA will award the grants to eligible transit agencies, state transportation departments, and Native American tribes on a competitive basis. Projects will be evaluated by criteria defined in federal law and in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, including the applicant’s demonstration of need; the project’s anticipated reductions in energy consumption compared to standard buses; and local strategy and capacity for implementing the project.
The application deadline is June 26, 2017. Project selections will be announced within 75 days of the closing of the application period, and no later than September 30, 2017.
National Clean Diesel RFP
Frequently Asked Questions
EPA will respond to questions from individual applicants regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the proposal, and requests for clarification about any of the language or provisions in the announcement through a “Frequently Asked Questions” document. Applicants may email written questions to: cleandiesel [at] epa [dot] gov. Please type “RFP Question” in the subject line of your email.
All questions submitted via email by 4:00 p.m. ET each Friday during the RFP open period will be answered and posted in the FAQ document the following week. The deadline for submitting questions via email is Friday, June 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. ET. The estimated final posting of the FAQ document will be Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
RFP Information Sessions
EPA will host two Information Sessions regarding this Request for Proposals via teleconference/webinar, based on the schedule below. EPA will attempt to answer any questions in these public forums. Registration is not required, just click on link below to join the webinar.
2017 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Overview
Webinar #1 - May 2, 2017 [Link to join webinar]
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Webinar #2 - May 9, 2017 [Link to join webinar]
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Call In Number: 866-299-3188
Conference Code: 3439147#
Instructions: Use *6 to mute, #6 to unmute
The Spring 2017 edition of Fuels Fix is here!
Inside the Spring 2017 edition of Fuels Fix:
- Multi-state EV Project Launches in the Midwest (an eight-coalition partnership)
- COVER STORY: Come Hell or High Water - One Fleet's AFV Determination
- The "You have a Choice" Ethanol Blends Campaign Starts in Mid-Atlantic
- Great Smoky Mountains Advance their Climate Friendly Parks Program with Propane
- Plus much more...