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07.22.20

 

 

 

 

 

Join the NC Clean Cities Coalitions and Plug-in NC for a free webinar, the first of a three-part series, to learn about electric transit and school bus deployments in the Southeast. We will be joined by Kathleen Staples from Dominion Energy as she shares an update and an overview of Dominion Energy’s Electric School Bus Program in Virginia. We will also hear from George Linney and Jay Perkins of Greensboro Transit Authority as they share the benefits and lessons learned from one of the earliest electric bus deployments in North Carolina.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

06.17.20

Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar – NEW & FREE

RFA has conducted nearly 300 in person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country.  Due to current circumstances and social distancing the RFA will be offering 4-hour long Ethanol Safety Webinars. These webinars are instructed by a nationally accredited and professional instructor with an extensive background in emergency management/firefighting/hazardous materials response. The goal of these seminars is for attendees to gain a full ethanol and ethanol-blended fuel emergency response training experience that can be put to use immediately in the field.  The training program will include the following elements: Ethanol and Ethanol-Blended Fuels, Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Ethanol and Hydrocarbon Fuels, Transportation and Transfer, Storage and Dispensing Locations, Fire Fighting Foam Principles, General Health and Safety Considerations, and Storage and Pre-planning Considerations. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all registered attendees once the webinar has been completed.

Registration: https://www.transcaer.com/training/training-events/ethanol-emergency-response-webinars/4529

Sessions:

  • Thu, 06/25/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, 07/15/2020 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 07/16/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, 08/12/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 08/13/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
  • Tue, 09/15/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, 09/16/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
  • Wed, 10/14/2020 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 10/15/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 11/05/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
  • Thu, 11/12/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT

Train the Trainer - Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - FREE

RFA also offers Ethanol Emergency Response - Train the Trainer webinars which is a pay-it-forward type of program. A single webinar can train a group of individuals who can then turn around and pass that information forward, equipping entire communities with the knowledge necessary to respond to any potential ethanol-related emergency.  The Train the Trainer courses are intended to develop instructors to lead operations level training. The instructors are responders who have an awareness level of hazardous material storage, handing, and emergency response. The learning objectives established are relevant objectives that the instructors must understand. The webinars are open to all professional individuals above the technical level of training who are interested in learning how to teach ethanol emergency response. However, the instruction is tailored toward ethanol production facility employees, ethanol safety professionals, railroad safety professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, police officers, emergency management professionals, etc. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all registered attendees once the webinar has been completed.

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06.02.20

The Mobile Source Compliance Branch of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality values the input of stakeholders and the residents of North Carolina regarding Phase 1 of the Volkswagen Grant programs.

As part of our summer intern project, we would appreciate if you would take a short survey to provide us with feedback regarding the Phase 1 Volkswagen RFPs and applications. The link to the survey is here. Please feel free to share this link with any parties you think would be interested. 

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and will close at midnight on 6/16/2020. 

If you have any issues accessing the survey, feel free to contact us.  Thank you for your time.

 

Lilly Wallace, Environmental Technician I Intern

(919) 707-8429 office

lilly [dot] wallace [at] ncdenr [dot] gov

 

Logan Hale, Environmental Technician I Intern

(919) 707-8448 office

Logan [dot] hale [at] ncdenr [dot] gov

 

Sheila Blanchard, Environmental Program Consultant

(919) 707-8423  office

sheila [dot] blanchard [at] ncdenr [dot] gov

04.27.20

CCFC has received word from our sister coalition in Alabama that one of their stakeholders has a complete CNG station for sale. They have a Motor Week segment on the station, available to view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M9yqsQ-Sf8 and the sale post is listed on http://cngsale.com/ with full specifications and station equipment included. The seller, Virginia Transportation (VT), is available for contact through the "Contact Us" button on their site or you can reach out to Carina at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for more information. 

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! 

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/

12.12.19
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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08.30.19

Just a reminder that the VW Settlement Phase I applications close soon! Deadline is September 30th. If you have questions on your project or need some help, please reach out to the Coalition at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org or csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org. More information on the settlement can be found here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement

05.13.19

Join us on May 30th to learn about the process of adopting electric vehicles, what funding options are available, and then see the vehicles themselves. We’ll start with an overview of the current market and why there is a need for electric vehicle adoption and then go into the specifics: everything from a dealer’s perspective to siting and other considerations, to installing and finding funding for the infrastructure and vehicles. There will also be a presentation by a fleet manager with experience in managing a large electric vehicle fleet. Speakers will include the NC DAQ, in charge of NC’s VW Settlement money; an electric utility provider; ChargePoint, in collaboration with Guardian Fueling Technologies; Clipper Creek; the City of Charlotte; Advanced Energy; Nissan and more!

Still not sure EVs are right for your fleet? Join in our Q&A session to get answers. Then, head outside after the meeting to speak with dealers and enthusiasts for some personal EV experience.  The meeting will be May 30th at Centralina’s offices; 9815 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28262; from 9:30 to 11:30am with the vehicle showcase afterwards.

Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

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