The 2019 National DERA RFA is Now Open!
EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
Request for Applications (RFA) opens : Thursday, December 20, 2018
Deadline for Submittal of Questions (FAQ Document) : Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4pm (ET)
Deadline for Applications : Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:59pm (ET)
Notification of Selected Applicants : April 2019
Funding of Awards : May-October 2019
For more information, please visit the EPA's Clean Diesel Page or contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was proud to represent our region at the annual Clean Cities training workshop held November 6-8th in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This annual training is an opportunity for coordinators and staff of Clean Cities coalitions across the country to get together in order to learn from each other, trade best practices and collaboratively work together on problems facing multiple coalitions.
While there, Centralina was honored to be presented with the "Autonomous Vehicle Pioneers" award for our workshops and task force regarding Autonomous and Connected Vehicles as well as seeing Jason Wager, our very own coordinator, inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame! We are so pleased to be award recipients but realize it is all thanks to our stakeholders who are able to help us make a difference in reducing petroleum usage!
Bonus points if you can spot Jason and Carina in the group photo!
2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Funding Now Available
DERA or The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding has now become available for 2018. This year, over $9 million will be available to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA's cleanest emission standards. EPA will award selected applicants $15-20K per bus for scrapping and replacing old buses. If interested, more information and a timeline of requirements is available here: https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates and you can also contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org with questions.
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program
Fall 2018/Spring 2019
The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities strives to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector in nearly 100 communities across the country. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 350 interns in more than 60 Coalitions.
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.
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Charlotte, NC (CCFC) is seeking, but not limited to, candidates with a major or background relevant to marketing, public outreach activities, or public administration. The student will mainly be involved in marketing and public outreach activities including writing and editing articles and creating videos, press releases and scripts. The student can also expect to give presentations to small groups, interview coalition members and outside organizations for key deliverables, and conduct some secondary-source research and report-writing.
To submit your resume and complete the online application, please click here. If selected, interns will be notified by September 1, 2018.
Questions? Email: CleanCitiesIntern [at] anl [dot] gov or Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org
The application period for the 2018 Green Fleet Awards is now open! The link to apply can be found here and there is no cost for application. Entries must be received by Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Winners will be announced at the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference in Durham, NC on August 21-23, 2018. There will be a 100 Best Fleets pre-conference on August 21st at 1pm, so don't forget to add that to your registration too. We hope to see you there!
*Please note there are different applications for the government sector and for the commercial sector.*
Don't miss out on this great chance to receive recognition for any and all green initiatives your organization may be doing! Any steps fleets are taking to become more eco-friendly should be recognized for their contributions to the economy and the environment so please apply!
- Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit
- Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit
- Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit
- Biodiesel Income Tax Credit
- Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit
- Fuel Cell Motor Vehicle Tax Credit
- Qualified Two-Wheeled Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit
- Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit
- Second Generation Biofuel Production Property Depreciation Allowance
There was a total of 872 comments received for projects totaling over $409 million. There was a wide variety of projects suggested, including some that were not eligible under either the VW consent decree or the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) option. Full responses can be found on the VW settlement page, where comments are divided into 11 different categories. https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement/volkswagen
The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition invites you to attend the Energy Independence Summit 2018, February 11-14 in Washington, D.C.
Organized by Transportation Energy Partners (TEP), the Summit brings together the nation’s clean transportation leaders to share best practices and educate federal policy makers about the benefits of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program and the need for additional tools and resources to overcome barriers to the widespread use of clean vehicles and fuels.
Energy Independence Summit 2018 will be especially important as the transportation sector seeks to educate the administration and Congress about the importance of maintaining support for the Clean Cities program, the EPA Clean Diesel Grants, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the various tax incentives for alternative fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure.
Transportation Energy Partners is an independent, non-profit, national organization that provides policy support for the nation’s 90 local and regional Clean Cities Coalitions. TEP has been organizing Energy Independence Summits in Washington since 2006; these events have played a key role in increasing clean transportation funding, which has greatly benefitted Clean Cities Coalitions and our industry partners.
Last year’s Summit was a tremendous success with more than 50 Clean Cities Coordinators and over 100 industry leaders. Roundtables featured top leaders from the electric vehicle, natural gas, biofuels, and propane industries, and we organized more than 200 meetings with key members of the House and Senate to discuss continued bipartisan Congressional support for advancing markets for the clean transportation industry.
This year's Early Bird Registration deadline is TONIGHT at midnight! Don't miss out on the discounted price and register now! The Summit schedule is as follows:
- Sunday the 11th: evening get-together at Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel
- Monday the 12th: sessions on policies and programs, the latest on VW settlement money for alternative fuel investment, snd industry perspective on new technologies and the future of alternative fuels
- Tuesday the 13th: meet with members of Congress and their staff followed by a networking reception sponsored by UPS
- Wednesday the 14th: Roundtables with government officials from the DOE, DOD, DOA, and EPA, among others
We believe the United States must aggressively expand our use of domestically produced alternatives to petroleum fuel if we are to stabilize gasoline process, decrease our dependence on foreign oil, and maintain and create American jobs. The more supporters who join our effort, the greater our ability to make sure policies and funding support local clean transportation programs and projects.
Please contact Carina Soriano with questions or about special pricing opportunities at (704) 688-7035 or csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org; or for more information about the Summit, please visit the EIS 2018 website.
We hope to see you in DC in February.
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 money is earmarked to remove the polluting vehicles sold by VW from the road and contribute to air quality improvement programs. The announcement made included the invitation for public input regarding what the state should include in its mitigation plan.Your comments will help shape how these funds are spent in North Carolina. Public input is available until December 31st at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement/volkswagen. 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.
The VW Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust has launched a website, to serve as a primary communication channel to the public. 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.
Please visit here for more information.