NC Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has just announced that they are to begin holding a series of information session on the proposed plan for NC's portion of the VW Settlement funds. In anticipation, they have released the Draft State Mitigation Plan that outlines a proposal to invest the first phase of the state's $92 million into projects aimed at reducing pollution impacts from diesel emissions. Comments from the public are welcome on this plan through May 3, 2018. The DEQ used public feedback to develop this plan and it will be further refined based on public comment. The final plan will be submitted to the trustee this summer, with a request for proposals to follow in the fall.
The Centralina region's meeting will be held Tuesday, March 27 from 3-5pm at the Kannapolis Train Station, in the Multipurpose Room, 201 S. Main St., Kannapolis. Members of the public and entities interested in receiving funds for eligible projects are encouraged to attend.
In addition there will be four other meetings in the state that can be found below.
7-9 p.m. Monday, March 26: Land-of-Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway., Suite 140, Asheville
5-7 p.m. Monday, April 16: Lenoir Community College, Bullock Building, Room 150, Kinston
1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17: Triangle J Council of Governments, 4307 Emperor Blvd., Suite 110, Durham
9-11 a.m. Friday, April 20: Cape Fear Community College, Union Station, Room 512, 502 N. Front St., Wilmington
For more information about the Volkswagen Settlement, visit https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement or contact Jason Wager or Carina Soriano at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org, 704-348-2707 or csoriano@centralina, 704-688-7035.
The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project is designed to reduce transportation related emissions in North Carolina through education, outreach and emission reduction technology sub-awards to public and private entities responsible for transportation related emissions in eligible counties. The project is administered by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)/NC State University (NCSU) with federal funding provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The CFAT eligible counties served by Centralina Council of Governments are: Cabarrus, Gaston, *Iredell (partial), Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union. Centralina Council of Governments conducts education and outreach activities as one of five North Carolina education and outreach partners (EOPs) to enhance reach and effectiveness in reducing transportation related emissions in eligible counties.
To learn more about CFAT, contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
- 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
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
Due to a schedule change, we have decided to move this opportunity to later in the year. More details will be sent out closer to the new date.
More information on Proterra can be found at: https://www.proterra.com/
Governor 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.
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.
As summer comes to a close, American drivers now have access to E15 – a 21st century fueling option that contains five percent more ethanol than what most drivers have been using for years. That’s good news for drivers and for our environment.
Virtually all gasoline used in the United States contains ten percent ethanol, something that has been true for years. This biofuel replaces toxic fuel additives that are linked to cancer and smog. And today, 29 states offer fuel with higher blends of ethanol, including E15. By using more ethanol in our fuel supply, we have the ability to more fully realize the benefits of this American-made fuel source.
What are these benefits? The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that ethanol can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 43 percent or more when compared to petroleum. Not only that, it is more affordable, renewable and it’s home-grown – keeping prices low at the pump while simultaneously supporting jobs right here in the United States.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves E15 for use in any vehicle manufactured since 2001, which equates to 9 out of 10 cars on the road today.
E15 is currently sold at more than 950 retail outlets across 29 states – and that number grows every day. So, next time you fill up, choose E15 as a cleaner, modern fuel option. In our book, it’s definitely a fuel that matters.
To find an E15 retailer near you and learn more about this 21st century fuel choice, visit GetEthanol.com on your computer or mobile device.
Registration for 2017 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo Open!*
Register now for the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo 2017!
The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference showcases the latest and greatest in advanced vehicles, fuels, and technologies - including data driven solutions. This conference is a source of on-the-ground experience for increasing fleet efficiency and sustainability, while reducing emissions and costs.
Join us on October 11 - 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Speakers and breakout session presenters at the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo have experience and expertise to help you find and implement the best solutions for your fleet or vehicles.
Three tracks and 12 total breakout sessions will highlight 50+ experts who will share the techniques and tools that support their operations.
Dr. Eric Warren, Vice President of Competition, Richard Childress Racing
Jon Ells, Director of Fleet Operations, City of New York
James Trogdon, North Carolina Secretary of Transportation
Bill Boyce, Cummins Westport, Inc.
David Dunn, City of Orlando
Ed Lovelace, XL Hybrids
Keith Leech, Sacramento County
Ewan Pritchard, NCSU FREEDM Systems Center
Mike Scarpino, DOT Volpe Center
and many more!
Learn more at www.sustainablefleetexpo.com.
*Discount pricing for Clean Cities Stakeholders is available. Contact Allison Carr (akcarr [at] ncsu [dot] edu) at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center for additional information.
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.