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02.15.17

NC Clean Transportation Staff meet with Rep. David Price Energy Independence Summit 2017 Representatives from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition joined clean transportation leaders from across the nation in Washington, DC to educate federal policy makers about the need to expand America’s use of alternative fuels, including biofuels, electricity, natural gas, and propane autogas. CCFC Chairman, Chris Facente, and Coordinator, Jason Wager, participated in Energy Independence Summit 2017, the nation’s premier clean transportation policy event, on February 12-15.

01.12.17

The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will provide approximately $75,000 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 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to be considered. Please refer to the table below for information on the five acceptable project types:

Project Type Funding

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%

For more information and links to the on-road and non-road applications, please visit http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-quality/mobile-source-emissions-reduction-grants.

 

 

 

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.

11.16.16

Elections were held at CCFC’s November Core Stakeholders Group Meeting for the roles of 2017 Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition. Stepping into the role of Chairperson for 2017 is Christopher Facente, University of North Carolina Charlotte's (UNCC) Automotive and Motor Fleets Supervisor. Chris has been actively involved with the coalition since the beginning of his current position with UNCC. Michael McDonald, UPS Director of Maintenance for South Atlantic District was named 2017 Vice Chair for the coalition. As a member of the National Clean Fleets Partnership, UPS is reducing petroleum use and emissions through careful route planning, fuel efficiency measures, and alternative fuel use.

Chair: Chris Facente, University of North Carolina Charlotte's (UNCC) Automotive and Motor Fleets Supervisor

Vice-Chair: Michael McDonald, UPS Director of Maintenance for South Atlantic District 

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.

10.10.16

In light of the impact Hurricane Matthew has had on our state this past week, we wanted to share some information resources and a recent article we posted related to resilience.  

With many working to recover from this latest natural disaster, some information resources to support post-Hurricane Matthew efforts and long term planning include the following:

As we recover from Hurricane Matthew, our attention is inevitably drawn to ways we might prepare for and reduce the impacts of future natural disasters.  In a recent report, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy defined resilience as a community’s reduction of and better preparation for risk.  The components of risk – and thus resilience – can be divided into hazards, vulnerability, and capacity to cope.  With North Carolina being no stranger to hazards such as hurricanes and ice storms, community resilience infrastructure should be made a priority for the safety of our communities for both man-made and natural disasters.

It is important to include alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in community resilience planning efforts since they promote fuel diversification, allowing critical public services to continue, reducing recovery time, and strengthening resiliency to disasters and other emergency events. 

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) tracks funding opportunities to help municipalities, regions, and states incorporate alternative fuels in their emergency management planning. In addition, Clean Cities coalitions and coordinators are a valuable resource to emergency management and fleet decision makers by providing information on alternative fuels and connecting them with stakeholders who have experience using alternative fuels.

According to the National Association of State Energy Officials, petroleum products provide 92% of the total energy needed to  supply the transportation sector in the United States. This dependence on petroleum makes communities vulnerable to disasters and emergencies that interrupt petroleum fuel supplies. The CCFC has been assisting the greater Charlotte region for over a decade in the deployment of alternative fuel technologies.  Here  are several ways that alternative fuels/AFVs impact or help community resilience:

  • Encourage fuel diversification;
  • Improve response time and recovery and restoration capabilities;
  • Meet essential public services during times of disaster (e.g., utility restoration, debris removal, evacuation, emergency response, food delivery);
  • Mitigate demand spikes for petroleum fuels;
  • Allow uninterrupted fuel supply (e.g., natural gas is distributed via underground pipeline, so delivery is not disrupted);
  • Advanced vehicle technologies, such as electric vehicle-to-grid can become a power provider
  • Reduce downtime and suppress negative economic impact; and bImprove public confidence in government capability to provide services in times of disaster

As efforts are taken to improve your organization's and community's resilience, don't hesitate to contact the CCFC to discuss project ideas, funding opportunities, and ways to get involved in the Clean Cities network.  This article was originally posted in the Centralina Council of Governments July 2016 e-newsletter.  

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