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06.07.18

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!

02.12.18
Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Extensions!
On Friday, February 9th, President Trump signed a retroactive extension of many tax credits that affect the Clean Cities Coalitions and have implications for their stakeholders. The following list of budget act provisions may be of interest: 
  • 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
The changes outlined above are effective immediately. To view the full text of the bill the President passed, the Bipartisan Budget Act, visit https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr1892enr/pdf/BILLS-115hr1892enr.pdf. Descriptions of each incentive can be found at the Alternative Fuels Data Center Federal Laws and Incentives page.
 
 
02.12.18
VW Settlement Updates
THe NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has compiled a summary of the over 800 comments received during their request for suggestions on how to spend the settlement funds. The comment period lasted from November 22,2017 until December 31,2017.

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
 
 
02.11.18

EIS 2018

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. 

11.22.17

department of environmental quality ncGovernor 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.

10.31.17

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.

10.11.17

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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/

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10.09.17

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.

07.20.17
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of the Fall 2017 term of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP). This fall, CCUWDP is offering 38 workforce development program positions across the nation and applications are now available.  The Greater Charlotte region and the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition are one of the 38 picked! This is a wonderful opportunity for students looking to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may be interested in one of these positions. Applications can be found at http://www.cvent.com/d/n5qt98 with more information below. Applications are due August 8, 2017. If you have any questions, please email cleancitiesintern [at] anl [dot] gov

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Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program Fall 2017 

 

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 300 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.

Specific Details:

  • 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

 

05.26.17

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

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