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08.01.17

Come join the City of Charlotte in partnership with Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition in celebrating and learning more about electric vehicles and sustainable transportation! See why alternative transportation choices are dominating the discussion on September 15th from 11am to 2pm.  This interactive showcase event is open to the public and will be held at GovPorch in front of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. The address is 600 E. 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. There will be multiple electric vehicles on display, information and resources from community partners, food, and entertainment! We welcome all volunteers, electric vehicles, and the public to come explore! We hope to make it our biggest Drive Electric event yet! Registration is here and the formal event announcement is here.

NDEW 2016  NDEW 2015
NDEW 2015  NDEW 2016

 

 

07.24.17

 

Mecklenburg County Air Quality GRADE program

Over $100,000 AVAILABLE!  Apply by September 1, 2017

 

Rebates for 25% - 50% of the cost to replace older heavy-duty diesel on-road vehicles

and off-road equipment with newer, cleaner vehicles and equipment.

 

Must operate in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg,

Rowan, Union (NC), and York (SC) counties to be eligible.

 

For more eligibility details and to apply please visit

www.GRADEplus.net

 

Mecklenburg County Air Quality

 

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

 

07.13.17

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to see our article about the Sea 2 Shining Sea Natural Gas Vehicle Road Rally published by the Fuels Fix Ezine. The article, listed on page 12, gives some high-level perspective on a very successful event held with the help of co-sponsors, Agility Fuel Solutions! There is also a summary of the whole Road Rally on page 18. See link for access to the article and the full Fuels Fix Ezine. https://issuu.com/jgoverly/docs/fuelsfix_summer2017_pdf 

07.12.17

The July Core Stakeholder meeting webinar is now confirmed for July 19th from 10am to 12pm. More details are available here. Please contact Carina Soriano at 704.688.7035 or by csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org (email) for instructions and information on how to register.

05.23.17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS CONTACT: Chris Hogan 202.545.4025, CHogan [at] growthenergy [dot] org

American Drivers Surpass 1 Billion Miles on Earth-kind, Engine-Smart E15 Saving up to $72 Million by End of 2017

Cleaner-burning, high-octane E15 has fueled more than 1 billion miles for American motorists around the country 

WASHINGTON, DC — American consumers have helped E15 – a fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline – reach a significant milestone. According to Growth Energy’s ongoing analysis of fuel sales and consumption data reported by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the United States have logged more than 1 billion miles on E15 – attesting to the fuel’s performance, safety, and value. The availability of E15 could save consumers up to $72 million by the end of 2017, based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data.

“American drivers are taking advantage of the proven performance, environmental benefits, and savings E15 provides,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “That’s why Congress should pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act and give drivers freedom to choose E15 year-round. This common-sense fix to the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) law will end confusing restrictions on retailers and allow consumers to choose a fuel that is kinder to the earth, good for their engines, and saves them up to 10 cents per gallon each trip to the pump in the summer.”

Growth Energy is proud to celebrate this milestone and highlight the value E15 delivers in terms of better performance, reduction of toxic emissions, and savings at the pump. Today, E15 is sold at more than 800 retail outlets across 29 states, and its availability continues to grow each day because 21st century drivers are demanding 21st century fuels.

The EPA approves E15 for use in any vehicle manufactured since 2001, which equates to 9 out of 10 cars on the road today. Automakers also approve E15 for use in nearly three-quarters of new cars.

 

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 

05.09.17

Jason Wager, CCFC Coordinator, was recently mentioned in a Centralina Council of Government newsletter article for his election to serve on the National Clean Cities Coordinator Council. Click the following link to read the article titled "Centralina COG Staff Members Receive Recognition for Great Work Across the Region." 

 

03.28.17

The Spring 2017 Plug-in NC newsletter is here!  Plug-in NC has been working since 2011 to establish North Carolina as a leader in electrified transportation. Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition staff and stakeholders participate actively in this state-wide program that promotes electric vehicles through education and outreach, consulting and resource development, striving to provide a collaborative opportunity to work together to ensure a seamless integration of plug-in electric vehicles into our local communities. Click here to read more.

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