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12.07.15

Eastern Carolina Council is working on a Plug-In Electric vehicle corridor plan. The aim is to help counties and municipalities along US-70 create a range anxiety-free route for folks traveling east. This will be done through enabling language in local codes, marketing of the corridor, and potentail charging site locations.

11.24.15

U.S. Gain, the compressed natural gas (CNG) division of U.S. Venture, has opened its third of five CNG stations the company is building in partnership with North American carrier C.A.T. The new GAIN Clean Fuel station, located at 4250 Trailer Dr. in Charlotte, N.C., will support C.A.T.'s growing fleet of CNG trucks and will also be open to the public.

"We're proud to be leading the industry in creating sustainable transport," says C.A.T. President Daniel Goyette. "We've made an investment in our future with the conversion of our fleet to CNG. It's been a very positive move by helping us become more environmentally friendy and creating fuel price stability. We couldn't be happier with our partnership to make this facility a reality."

C.A.T., which operates over 300 tractors, announced a deal last year to lease 100 cNG trucks from Ryder System Inc.

The first GAIN Clean Fuel station under partnership with C.A.T. opened in Mississauga, Ontario, and the second in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec. The other two locations include Laredo, Texas, and Scranton, Pennsylvania. These stations are finishing up on construction and are expected to open soon.

"We're thrilled to have another C.A.T. station open for business," says GAIN Clean Fuel General Manager Bill Renz. "This is a heavily traveled trucking corridor, and we look forward to serving not only C.A.T., but other carriers seeking to take advantage of the benefits."

Photo and story credit: NGT News

10.01.15

Earlier this month, alternative fuel enthusiasts all over the country celebrated National Drive Electric Week (NDEW). Started in 2011, NDEW , in partnership with Nissan, aims to increase awareness of the availability and benefits of electric vehicles (EVs). This year, the week-long celebration boasted 196 events across 41 states, Canada, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, with over 130,000 attendees!

The Greater Charlotte Region had much to celebrate in 2015 with the grand opening of four Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging locations. The new DC Fast chargers, located in Matthews, Dallas, Salisbury, and Wadesboro, were installed by Brightfield Transportation Solutions and are capable of delivering an 80% charge in as little as 20-30 minutes! These chargers not only allow EV owners in our region a greater availability of chargers, but also bring travelers from other areas to our towns where they can stimulate the local economy, by grabbing a cup of coffee or a bite to eat while waiting for their vehicle to charge.

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) organized and hosted, in partnership with the Towns of Matthews, Dallas, and Wadesboro, as well as the City of Salisbury, four grand opening ceremonies for these chargers. These events were well-attended and featured numerous speakers including Senator Tom McInnis and Representative Bill Brawley from the North Carolina State Legislature. Additionally, Envision Charlotte and the City of Charlotte held a public education and exhibition event at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center where numerous EVs from Nissan, Tesla, Smart, BMW, and VIA Motors were available for participants to view and learn about.

 

CCFC would like to thank the numerous participants, attendees, and partners that made these events possible. 2015 was a great year for strengthening the EV infrastructure in the Greater Charlotte Region and we look forward to celebrating the next year’s accomplishments at the 2016 National Drive Electric Week September 10-18!

06.16.15

Agility Fuel Systems, in it's partnership with Freightliner Trucks, recently announced the opening of a new manufacturing plant in Salisbuy, NC, which is in close proximity to the Freightliner manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, NC, and Mt. Holly, NC, where the Freightliner Cascadia 113, M2 112, and 114SD natural gas trucks are produced. The new Agility plant is expected to commence production later this year.

Click here to read the full article.

05.21.15

In 2007, Mecklenburg County Air Quality initiated an air pollution control program called Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines or GRADE.  GRADE is designed to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), an ozone forming air pollutant, by providing businesses and organizations funding incentives to replace or repower heavy-duty non-road equipment with newer, cleaner, less polluting engines.  Since 2007, GRADE has funded 283 projects and awarded $5.13 million.  These projects have reduced 432 tons of ozone-forming NOx in the Charlotte region.

$500,000 is now available in reimbursements! This round of funding is specifically for publicaly and privately owned facilities that accept solid waste like:

  • municipal solid waste
  • construction and demolition debris
  • land clearing and inert debris
  • yard waste

Due Date: June 30, 2015

Eligible Projects: Equipment replacement or Equipment repower

Evaluation Based on:

  • Amount of nitrogen oxido pollution reduced
  • Cost per pound of nitrogen oxide pollution reduced
  • Amount of time spent in eligible region

Funds Reimbursement: 

  • Equipment Replacement- Up to 25% of cost
  • Equipment Repower- Up to 40% of cost

For more information, click HERE.

Please be in touch with CCFC staff:

  • Jason Wager 704.348.2707 jwager [at] centralina [dot] org;
  • Jessica Hill 704.3474710 jhill [at] centralina [dot] org;
  • Erika Ruane 704.688.6508 eruane [at] centralina [dot] org

if you have ideas related to this opportunity for projects in the Greater Charlotte Region.

 

05.13.15

The 2015 Clean Cities Region of Excellence Award is presented to the City of Concord for demonstrating leadership and excellence in clean transportation and fuel activities. Concord has recognized the environmental, economic, and national security benefits of reducing consumption of fossil fuels and has implemented programs and initiatives to lower their use of traditional transportation fuels. Through the Clean Fuels Advanced Technology (CFAT) grant, the City of Concord installed six publicly accessible Electric Vehicle charging stations throughout the City and two Ford Focus all-electric vehicles to replace older gasoline powered cars for City employee use. They also purchased a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) called the Firefly for their downtown parking enforcement officer to use. 

Concord’s desire to decrease their dependence on petroleum goes beyond alternative fuels. They have decreased their fuel usage for the past five consecutive years, even though they have increased miles-traveled due to growth. This is due to right-sizing their fleet, keeping the vehicles young and fuel efficient, and other out-of-the-box techniques. One such technique is using smaller scout vehicles to locate yard waste and bulky pick-up materials at the curb and track the locations using a GPS. This allows the larger, less fuel-efficient trucks to go directly to these pick-up locations without wasting fuel traveling around the entire city. Concord has also implemented a customer service center in the Police Department to take routine police reports over the phone, negating the need to dispatch an officer to take them. 

A congratulations and a thank you goes out to long time active Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition stakeholder, the City of Concord, for taking big steps forward in reducing petroleum dependence in unique ways that reduce costs and improve quality of life for their community.

A separate committee reviewed and selected the winner of the 2015 Clean Cities Region of Excellence Award. This committee included: Marcie Smith, CCFC Stakeholder (Gaston County Public Works), Megan Green, CCFC Stakeholder (Mecklenburg County Air Quality), and Dave Navey, CCFC Chair (Duke Energy). The Clean Fuels Coalition appreciates the work of this committee and thanks them for their time and participation in the awards program.

The CCFC would also like to recognize the runners-up, ReVenture Park and the Town of Matthews for the great work they're doing to reduce pertoleum dependence in the region!

04.17.15

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), North Carolina has one of the strongest electricity markets in the country for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).

Read the full article here!

"Geography of Existing and Potential Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States" report here!

03.03.15

 Special call has $100,000+ to award

On March 3rd, the North Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University announced a request for proposals for over $100,000 in federal funding to award to governments, business and/or non-profit applicants for propane Autogas related emission reduction projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project, a three-year initiative sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation. In addition to providing assistance for a wide array of emission reduction projects, the CFAT project focuses on activities that include a public education media campaign and developing clean transportation technology and policy training opportunities. Applications in response to this call for projects must be submitted to the NCCETC by April 1, 2015.

01.29.15

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University announced the results of a call for projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. More than $1,340,000 has been awarded for transportation-related emission reductions. The projects in total will remove nearly 8.3 metric tons of pollutants annually. To put this into perspective, the reduction is equal to removing 108 vehicles from North Carolina roads. We would like to recognize and congratulate six of the fourteen CFAT grant awardees that are located in our nine-county region. 

  • City of Charlotte Fire Department 

  • Clean Energy Corporation

  • Gaston County

  • Mecklenburg County Air Quality

  • Ryder Truck Rental, Inc.

  • UNC Charlotte

Click here to read the full release.

 

01.01.15

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was recognized by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for supporting the development of the national plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and demonstrating outstanding leadership by promoting and supporting workplace charging in 2014.

If you are interested in workplace charging or would like to join the Worplace Charging Challenge click here.Workplace Charging Challenge Logo

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