Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was proud to represent our region at the annual Clean Cities training workshop held November 6-8th in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This annual training is an opportunity for coordinators and staff of Clean Cities coalitions across the country to get together in order to learn from each other, trade best practices and collaboratively work together on problems facing multiple coalitions.
While there, Centralina was honored to be presented with the "Autonomous Vehicle Pioneers" award for our workshops and task force regarding Autonomous and Connected Vehicles as well as seeing Jason Wager, our very own coordinator, inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame! We are so pleased to be award recipients but realize it is all thanks to our stakeholders who are able to help us make a difference in reducing petroleum usage!
Bonus points if you can spot Jason and Carina in the group photo!
On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Plug-in NC hosted its spring summit in Kernersville, NC. Plug-in NC is a statewide program dedicated to the integration of electrified transportation into the North Carolina transportation system. The Plug-in NC Summit served to update members, stakeholders, and interest groups about electric vehicle efforts across North Carolina and to share an analysis of electric vehicle trends in North Carolina over the past couple of years.
Speakers included Eric Reynolds, from Proterra, and Adam Fischer, the transportation director for the City of Greensboro, were invited to discuss the role and potential for electric buses in North Carolina. Reynolds gave a short presentation on the impact of Proterra, an electric bus company, across the nation, as well as the benefits of electric buses over regular diesel or hybrid buses. In addition to Reynolds presentation, Fischer discussed Greensboro’s recent purchase of 10 electric buses from Proterra, and how the incorporation of these new electric buses will have a positive impact on Greensboro’s transportation system.
The Plug-In NC Summit focused on how North Carolina can increase fuel security through implementing alternatives to petroleum. By utilizing a renewable source, the City of Greensboro is increasing their air quality, decreasing their fuel usage and costs without sacrificing quality while contributing to the domestic economy, as many alternative fuels are sourced right here in both North Carolina and in the United States. If you’re interested in cutting costs and maintenance, while boosting our economy, contact Carina Soriano at (704) 688-7035 or at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for more information and resources.
Fall 2017 edition of the Fuels Fix Ezine Now Available!
South Carolina was recognized for their role in leading the FHWA's Alt Fuel Corridor signage.
San Francisco reported on their use of RD100, Renewable Diesel to power 100% of their municipal fleet.
UPS was also featured for their urban “Sustainable Logistics” study, which established that most companies were aware of the affects of urbanization on air quality but less than half felt prepared to address these challenges.
To view all the articles, please visit the Fuels Fix site.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition stakeholders continue to lead the way in decreasing dependence on petroleum, reducing greenhouse gas and criteria emissions, and saving money via alternative fuels and efficiency. To see the full report, please click on this PDF.
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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.
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.
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.
This week's Clean Cities success story takes us to Asheville, North Carolina, to the Biltmore, America's largest home. The Biltmore uses biodiesel produced from the 50 acres of canola on the estate and from the restaurant waste cooking oil processed on site. Propane is also part of the Biltmore's sustainability portfolio. With the assistance of the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, the Biltmore uses eight propane-powered shuttle buses to transport guests around the property.
Produced by Maryland Public Television's MotorWeek program, this episode (#3516) will air on PBS stations nationwide starting Dec. 26, 2015. For show times in your area, check the MotorWeek and Discovery Channel websites. MotorWeek is also available in high definition on Velocity by Discovery.
Each year, the Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) presents a Leadership Award to one organization in order to recognize outstanding leadership in clean diesel projects. This year, Duke Energy was nominated for the SEDC Leadership Award for the work they have done to address diesel emissions, improve air quality, protect public health, and protect the wellness of their employees. Duke Energy has been invited to attend the SEDC 10th Annual Partner’s Meeting in Atlanta in order to spotlight the nomination and share an account of the clean diesel efforts accomplished.
Congratulations Duke Energy! We are proud to have you as a member of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition and we look forward to the work you will continue to do in order to reduce diesel emissions!
The City of Concord, with the help of Daniel Nuckolls, has continued to make great strides in the clean transportation space. With 99% of the over 1,000 vehicle fleet using alternative fuels, Daniel has created a clean fleet to envy. Nuckolls attributes his success to various organizations and planning projects including the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, the North Carolina Plug-in Vehicle Readiness Plan and various funding opportunities, including the Clean Fuel Advanced Techonology (CFAT) grant.The alternative fuels Nuckolls has implemented have proven to be effective for the city creating a positive change for both the residents as well as the environment.