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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.

10.07.16

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to expand its long standing partnership with NC State’s Clean Energy Technology Center through the new Fuel What Matters Campaign. Fuel What Matters is about education and awareness. It’s also about choices. Daily choices. Just about every decision we make during the day has an impact on our environment. This web-based platform is expected to grow our collective ability to share the actions CCFC’s Stakeholders are taking every day to support and improve our communities and environment, while similarly learning new ideas from others.

Get started on making an impact today, no matter how large or small!  Click here to view the Fuel What Matters web site: https://www.fuelwhatmatters.org/

 

10.04.16

 

The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will provide approximately $231,500 for funding grant projects that reduce diesel emissions through the 2016 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG). 

Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Friday, October 28, 2016 to be considered. Please refer to the information below on the five acceptable project types: 

Project Type

Grant Amount Paid

Replacement of diesel vehicle chassis and engine 25%
Idle reduction technology on unregulated or Tier 0 locomotives 40%
Repower of old chassis with new cleaner diesel engine 40%
Clean alternative fuel conversions, where the old chassis is retained but the engine is replaced or converted to an alternative fuel 40%
Retrofits (exhaust type, e.g. diesel particulate filter)  100%

Click here for more information and links to the on-road and non-road applications.

10.03.16

Thank you to all who attended the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Core Stakeholders Group meeting at UNC-Charlotte Center City Wednesday morning, 9/21/16. Whether you attended or were not able to make it this time, here’s a recap of what was presented along with links to referenced websites and handouts.  Mark your calendar now for our next Core Stakeholder meeting, scheduled for the morning of 11/16/2016.

09.21.16

The greater Charlotte region's National Drive Electric Week event was a great success! The location choice of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center provided busy lunchtime traffic as well as attendance from key City of Charlotte decision-makers. Charlotte's city council environmental subcommittee meeting adjourned early to be in attendance at the event. Many interested visitors stopped to ask questions of our many contributors including: Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Modern Nissan of Lake Norman, Envision Charlotte, Sustain Charlotte, CATS, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Club Car, GEM Electric, and Charlotte Cycles. There is a strong interest in our community for EV's and other choices in how we get around! Our NDEW event was able to involve a broader cross section of the community and encourage this interest while promoting the excitement of driving electric.

News Coverage: WFAE-90.7 FM - Talking Up The Idea Of An Electric Car

Additional Photos: CCFC Facebook Page

NDEW 2016

Attendees enjoy speaking with Electric Vehicle owners at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 9/12/2016

08.08.16

Stakeholder Spotlight: 

University of North Carolina Charlotte's (UNCC) Automotive and Motor Fleets Supervisor and CCFC Vice Chairman Chris Facente has found himself actively involved with the coalition since the beginning of his current position. Two weeks into taking over his role as Supervisor, Facente used the coalition to leverage his access to resources and current information on alternative technologies in the automotive realm. With UNCC hosting the largest electric vehicle fleet in the state of North Carolina, Facente's involvement with alternative fuels is an everyday reality. With the help of a collaborative relationship, Chris and the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition have been able to work together to draft up grant applications and award recognitions to ackowledge the dedicated efforts of UNCC as local leaders to the Clean Cities overarching mission, cutting petroleum use in the transportation sector. 

Watch our exclusive video footage with Chris Facente to learn more on what it means to be a CCFC Stakeholder.

03.29.16

Bimbo Bakeries USA and Nestlé Waters North America recently deployed new fleets of propane autogas delivery vehicles that will service multiple cities across the U.S.

"Becoming a better steward of our environment is a priority for Nestlé Waters," said Bill Ardis, national fleet manager for Nestlé Waters North America. "We've been running propane autogas vehicles since 2014. Because of the proven emissions reductions and cost savings, we knew it was the right choice to expand our fleet with this domestically produced alternative fuel."

Nestlé Waters added more than 150 new Ford F-650 delivery vehicles to its existing propane autogas fleet. Bimbo Bakeries USA purchased 84 new, clean-burning Ford F-59 trucks.

"This initiative is the latest in our company's continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint," said Gary Maresca, senior director of fleet services for Bimbo Bakeries.

By operating propane autogas delivery trucks equipped with ROUSH CleanTech’s fuel system technology, both companies will cut carbon dioxide emissions in local communities by about 192,000 pounds per truck (compared to gasoline) per year.

In addition to reducing the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases, Bimbo Bakeries and Nestlé Waters also anticipate fuel and maintenance savings.

The new Ford F-59 and F-650 delivery vehicles will replace older diesel models.

Propane autogas is a nontoxic, non-carcinogenic and non-corrosive fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies the fuel as a non-contaminant. It is the leading alternative fuel in the United States and the third most commonly used vehicle fuel, following gasoline and diesel. About 23 million vehicles travel worldwide with propane in their fuel tank.

01.27.16

The Southeast Alternative Fuel Demonstration Initiative (SADI) grant is a US Department of Energy project focused on the increased adoption of alternative fuels in the Southeast region of the United States. Project partners for this grant include Alliance Autogas, Enterprise, ICOM, Palmetto Gas, Penske and others.

Clean Cities Coalitions throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee will work with technology partners to provide opportunities for fleets to demonstrate a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles. More information can be found on the SADI website. If you're interested in testing out any of the following alternative fuel vehicles, please contact Jessica Hill at jhill [at] centralina [dot] org or 704.348.2731

Vehicles available for demos

12.16.15

Rountable Questions:

  1. What words or images from this slide catch you attention?
  2. What headlines have you been reading or seen in the news this week or month related to crude oil prices?
  3. What do you think of when I say the words "falling oil prices?"
  4. What concerns you?
  5. What is the importance of the price of oil? Why should we care about falling oil prices?
  6. What implications does this have for the national Clean Cities program?
  7. What opportunities could exist?
  8. What does this mean for the next year? Or next 5 years?
  9. What kind of decisions do we need to make as a Clean Cities Coalition?

Items to Consider:

New Realities

  • OEM's and suppliers costs are down leading to cost to do new fuels/technology are more feasible
  • Alternative fuels now available almost everywhere

Focus on

  • Maintenance protocols are improving for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) leading to reduced costs
  • Reliability of AFVs improving leading to proven performance (not an unknown)
  • Communicating value to potential users we need to tap into knowledge gained by early adopters (i.e. learning curves, best practices)
  • Local governments need to augment budget process and mechanisms to better favor innovation shifts to new technology (i.e. allowing departments to keep cost savings)
  • Education and outreach around variety of petroleum reduction programs and technologies (i.e. anti-idling, telematics)
  • Myth busting about various fuels, technolgy and vehicles: making sure dealers are better prepared/knowledgeable on AFVs, providing clarity on source of electricity for EVs (air quality impacts)

Diversification as a strategy

  • Focus on pros of alternative technologies
  • Focus on long-term thinking vs. short term (where will we be in 2020?)
  • Different duty cycles will be met by variety of fuels and vehicles

 

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