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CFAT Funding available for Propane Autogas projects in NC


 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.

“Propane Autogas is a low carbon cleaner burning fuel and this special RFP will help us meet a Center goal of allocating up to 25 percent of available funding for propane projects,” commented NCCETC Transportation Manager Anne Tazewell. Previous  proposal requests, in 2013 and 2014 distributed over $ 4.4 million to 45 public and private entities for a variety of projects including natural gas powered trucks and refueling infrastructure, propane refueling equipment and vehicle conversions, electric vehicles and charging stations, and on-board telematics equipment.  The CFAT project, supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, operates in 24 counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air, and transportation related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality problem.

Funding assistance is allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80% of the project cost. In order to be eligible, a project must reduce transportation related emissions within eligible N.C. counties. For education and outreach regarding alternative fuel and fuel conservation technologies and policies, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center has partnered with Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. Guidelines and applications are available here.

CCFC Contact:  Jessica Hill, 704-348-2731 or jhill [at] centralina [dot] org

Project Contact:   Anne Tazewell, 919-513-7831, anne_tazewell [at] ncsu [dot] edu

About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit:  Twitter: @NCCleanTech

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