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.
God Bless the USA is a private local trash and recycling company based out of Monroe, NC. Currently they are the only company in Union County to run natural gas vehicles. In a partnership with Clean Cities they started with one hybrid truck and have since gained a fleet of 23 vehicles. The President of God Bless the USA, Erik Blowers, shares more in a video from the following link. http://youtu.be/S3OgXL9la5A
Several weeks ago at the NASCAR Plaza in uptown Charlotte, officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, NASCAR, and Sprint announced their involvement in the DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge, a collaborative effort to increase the number of US employers offering workplace charging.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition recently presented a workshop on the benefits of utilizing CNG for fleets at Southern Piedmont Community College. The workshop was attended by fleet users, local government officials, and other interested parties and was a great opportunity to spread information and success stories about CNG fleets.
Earlier this month CCFC Co-Coordinator Sean Flaherty attended the Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, the site of many exciting announcements. During the conference, Roush CleanTech unveiled the new propane vehicle for FedEx Ground, a Ford F-59 strip chassis truck that will be operated by contractor Chase Delivery on a high mileage route in Buffalo.