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06.12.17

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition stakeholders continue to lead the way in decreasing dependence on petroleum, reducing greenhouse gas and criteria emissions, and saving money via alternative fuels and efficiency. To see the full report, please click on this PDF.

05.22.17

Expect debate over how North Carolina should spend $92 million from automaker’s emission-cheating settlement. 
Posted by Catherine Clabby in North Carolina Health News.

Centralina staff and others from across the state weigh in on this potentially very impactful and impending funding opportunity.  Click here to read the full article.

 

05.10.17

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to award Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for Excellence in Clean Transportation and Clean Fuel Activities!


Patsy Kinsey (City of Charlotte Councilmember and Centralina Council of Government (CCOG) Chairperson), Chris Facente (CCFC Chairman & Automotive Supervisor at UNC-Charlotte), and Jason Wager (CCFC Coordinator and CCOG Planning Program Supervisor) are proud to recognize Bryan Steiner and CMS with an annual Region of Excellence Award at the May 2017 CCOG Board of Delegates meeting.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), through the leadership of Bryan Steiner, Construction Engineer and long-time stakeholder in the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, has made an effort in recent years to explore alternative fuels and clean transportation technologies.  Bryan researched and supported the purchase of 2 propane buses, 5 propane F550's, 5 propane bi-fuel E-350 vans, (via Roush CleanTech and Fontaine Modification) and 4 neighborhood electric vehicles (Club Car) by the Building Services and bus fleets at CMS.  These 16 alternative fuel vehicles displaced 12,750 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) and reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by 15.4 tons in 2016.  In addition, CMS also has idle reduction and route optimization programs in place that have further displaced an estimated 180,454 gallons of petroleum in 2016 alone!

These alternatively fueled vehicles replaced older more polluting equipment, saving money on lower cost fuel, improving air quality, and reducing dependence on traditional petroleum.  The reduced PM and NOx emissions compared to the vehicles these replaced are of special interest given their constant operation around school children, one of the most vulnerable segments of the population from a health perspective.

CMS’s efforts to solve for fuel infrastructure location, permitting, and logistics, the purchasing and specifying of vehicle packages that could use alternative fuels while accomplishing the work required, and structuring a fueling contract with Amerigas, all helped to make the operational and financial case.  

Combined, these activities support the Clean Cities mission and illustrate a dedication and passion for making a difference for our children’s health and a more sustainable region now and in the future.

Special thanks to CCFC Award Committee members Chris Facente (UNC-Charlotte), Brian Funderburk (Amerigas), Megan Green (Mecklenburg County Air Quality), and Lang Reynolds (Duke Energy).



 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Propane Fueling demonstration led by Bryan Steiner of CMS during a CCFC Core Stakeholder meeting, January 2017 

05.01.17

On April 26, 2017, NGV America reports that:

A new survey of utility customers nationwide has named Piedmont Natural Gas a Top Utility Environmental Champion of 2017 for initiatives such as slashing emissions in its vehicle fleet and making its facilities more energy efficient...

...Piedmont has taken a lead role in championing the use of cleaner, lower-cost CNG as a transportation fuel, resulting in a surge in CNG demand from trucks and other fleet vehicles. Piedmont is nearing completion of its 11th public CNG refueling station, located near the junction of Interstate 40 and U.S. 321 in Hickory, North Carolina. The company has also converted about one-third of its own corporate fleet of approximately 900 vehicles to run on CNG.

The full story can be read here:
http://ngv.com/u-s-survey-ranks-piedmont-natural-gas-a-top-utility-environmental-champion/

01.05.17

1/5/17 Update: This incentive has now been extended through March 31, 2017.

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to bring you this great offer through our affiliation with Nissan and Plug-in NC

Effective December 15, 2016, Nissan North America offers special pricing to Plug-in NC Stakeholders, on the 100% Electric, Nissan LEAF.  This offer supports their commitment to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation.

For a limited time, Plug-in NC Stakeholders can use the organizations fleet incentive from Nissan, to purchase a Nissan LEAF, “America’s Best Selling Electric Vehicle”, at a substantial discount.  Currently the retail incentive is $4,000, but under this program Plug-in NC Stakeholders are eligible for a $10,000 rebate.  That’s 2 ½ times the rebate available to other retail customers.  Combined with the Federal EV Tax Credit of $7,500, Stakeholders enjoy net savings up to $17,500.

Both Plug-in NC and Nissan are committed to environmental sustainability and reducing greenhouse gases.  Key to this goal is limiting output from commuting and fleet operations.  Zero emissions vehicles, like the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, can play an important role, reducing 6 to 9 tons of CO2 annually for every gas engine car replaced.  That’s equal to planting 2,500 trees a year.  Already proven perfect for urban commuting, with low operating costs and superior reliability, an EV may well fit your lifestyle.

This special offer is available to Plug-in NC Stakeholders, and cannot be combined with any other Nissan fleet or retail offers.  This program is a limited time offer, and will likely conclude without advance notice.

$10,000 (Plug-in NC Rebate) + $7,500 (Federal EV Tax Credit)  = $17,500 (Net Savings)

Visit your local Nissan dealer today for details and provide them a copy of this announcement.

Fleet Code B62619

Questions? Contact Cornelius Willingham at 404-655-5370 or cornelius [dot] willingham [at] nissan-usa [dot] com or download this PDF for more information.

 

01.04.17

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition staff and stakeholders have both benefitted from and supported Plug-in NC greatly in 2016.  Whether as a Plug-in NC Steering Committee member or as a 2016 Award Winner (UNC-Charlotte).  Plug-in NC's working groups, workshops, webinars, and events are expected to continue to elevate North Carolina's role as an EV leader nationally in 2017.

 

The 2016 annual report can be viewed by clicking here. 

12.16.16

We are proud to share that long time Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition stakeholder, Duke Energy, has just announced recipients under the "EV Charging Infrastructure Project," which includes new stations planned for almost 50 counties around North Carolina!  The $1 million project pays up to $5,000 for the purchase and installation of each charging port. That should cover the cost of the stations – depending on its proximity to existing electrical infrastructure. The project received overwhelming interest – with more than 500 charging stations requested from around the state.

"This project is a wonderful compliment to the past work of North Carolina's Clean Cities Coalitions, the Plug-in NC collaborative, stakeholders including Duke Energy, and many others on topics ranging from Electric Vehicle Readiness Planning to workshops and training offered to the many public and private sector organizations that are critical to the mass adoption of electric vehicle technology," said Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Chairman, Chris Facente of UNC-Charlotte.  

To underscore the importance of this announcement, we have also recently learned, according to new data from Altman Vilandrie & Co.’s survey of more than 2,500 consumers, 60% of American drivers said they were unaware of electric cars, and 80% have never ridden in or driven one.  More information on this survey and its results are available here.

The full press release, the list of all recipients, and the number of stations awarded can all be accessed here.

To learn more about electric vehicle and charging iniatives in the Charlotte region or across the state, check out Plug-in NC or contact Jason Wager jwager [at] centralina [dot] org of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition.

11.04.16

FHWA Designates Alternative Fuel Corridors

I-85 and I-40 in North Carolina Make the List!


With the designation of the first alternative fuel corridors, FHWA is establishing a national network of alternative fueling and charging infrastructure along national highway system corridors.  FHWA intends to support the expansion of this national network through a process that:

  • provides the initial opportunity for a formal corridor designation now and in the future on a rolling basis, without a cap on the number of corridors;
  • ensures that corridor designations are selected based on criteria that promote the "build out" of a national network;
  • develops national signage and branding to help catalyze applicant and public interest;
  • encourages multi-State and regional cooperation and collaboration; and,
  • brings together a consortium of stakeholders including state agencies, utilities, alternative fuel providers, and car manufacturers to promote and advance alternative fuel corridor designations in conjunction with the Department of Energy.

Blurry Cars

As one of several partners that supported NCDOT’s August 2016 proposal to FHWA, the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition has a direct interest in ensuring that a variety of transportation fueling and vehicle options are available to fleets and individuals in our region and beyond along our major corridors.  This announcement from FHWA is the first step in what we perceive to be a longer term “work in progress” to support the growth of fuel diversification for our stakeholders and the state overall.  

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to jwager [at] centralina [dot] org (Jason Wager) of the CCFC staff if you would like more background on this initiative or wish to discuss ongoing integration of this and related topics into your project and planning efforts.   

For quick reference, below are maps pulled from the FHWA website announcing these corridors (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors/), by fuel types (Electric and Compressed Natural Gas), for portions of I-85 and I-40.  

 

EV Charging

CNG

10.11.16

The federal Clean Air Act requires the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate areas as attainment or non-attainment to help implement air quality standards.  In a letter from NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) secretary, Donald van der Vaart, dated September 30, 2016, the State of North Carolina recommended that the entire state be considered in attainment for ozone based on DEQ analysis of the most recent air quality data for the state relative to the October 2015 8-hour standard for ozone.  

Read the full article about this positive news and what impacts, funding and otherwise, are anticipated for our region.

10.11.16

The 2016 Plug-in NC Summit will be held Tuesday, November 15th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am.  
This event will take place at the Park Alumni Center in Raleigh, NC.  This event is free, however, registration is required.  

Click here for more information and to register.

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Charlotte, NC 28262

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