Carina Soriano, CCFC Co-Coordinator, attended the Energy Independence Summit in Washington DC last week on February 10-12th. Centralina was glad to meet with other North Carolina folks from the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition as well as partner NC Clean Energy Technology Center. This annual event is the nation's premier clean transportation policy summit. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key Congressional and Administration policymakers in Washington, DC. This year, our information to congressional leaders focused on stablizing Clean Cities program and clean transportation initiatives funding, continued support for extending alt fuel tax credits and grants such as the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grant to assist our stakeholders with future fleet building money, technology, and opportunities. Interested? Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) hosts the Summit every year and we're always looking for more stakeholder involvement! Being a Clean Cities stakeholder assists with registration costs too. Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org to see how to participate next year!
On January 27-29th, Carina Soriano, CCFC's Co-Coordinator attended the Coordinator 101 training in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. This national exchange of ideas for consideration was a good chance to network and exchange best practices among new coalitions and coordinators with a few coordinators having prior experience to working with the Clean Cities program or similar industry. A few key efforts arose from the training that CCFC will focus on in 2020.
- stakeholder (re)-engagement, ensuring that we are listening to and assisting our stakeholders in their own projects as best as possible while adding to our stakeholder base;
- better concise and quicker communication about funding and research opportunities available from DOE and other sources;
- and finally potentially tackling more technical partnership projects, such as hosting or finding partners to host tech trainings, which has been identified as a need within our region.
This experience left Carina fired up and ready to tackle more for the CCFC and our stakeholders. If there is anything we can assist with, or you are interested in the tech trainings, please let us know! We want to know if there is a great enough need to move forward with this idea. Please contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for further details.
The next round of CFAT funds are now available. 2020 offers $1.4 million, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, and supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the NCDOT.
Project proposals are limited to $400,000 with a minimum ask of $5,000. Applications are due Friday, March 13, 2020 and should be emailed to Rick Sapienza at resapienza [at] ncsu [dot] edu. This will likely be the only soliciation for 2020.
The NC Clean Energy Technology Center will host a CFAT 2020 Round 1 Informational Webinar from 2-3pm, Monday, January 13th. The webinar will cover an overview of eligible projects and have Q&A to assist with application submission.
For additional details, please visit https://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/2020/01/08/new-round-of-grant-funds-available-through-clean-fuel-advanced-technology-cfat-project/.
Starting January 1st, Way2Go CLT will transition to ShareTheRide NC. Users will be able to log in and earn rewards for alternative commutes; however, it will be on a new platform and app. All data, trips logged and account information will be switched over automatically to the new system. Download the new app, STRNC for Apple and STRNC for Android, by January 1, 2020, to make the transition.
The EPA will host a series of webinars to assist applicants in learning more about the DERA program and this Request for Applications (RFA). Participants will learn about program details, changes from last year’s RFA, who is eligible for the grants, what projects can be funded, how to apply, and more. The links for these webinars are listed below:
The 2020 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Request for Applications is anticipated to open December 9th, 2019. There will be a webinar held on December 11th from 1-2pm ET for assistance and questions. The link to register for the webinar can be found here. Keep watching this page for additional updates.
September 18th saw the Greater Charlotte region's largest and most successful National Drive Electric Week event yet. Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition partnered with the City of Charlotte again to co-host the event on the Levine Avenue of the Arts. An estimated crowd of around 200 participants visited "Electric Avenue" to learn about the growing list of electric vehicles (EVs) available to the general public and to fleets as realistic alternatives to traditional gas and diesel vehicles. It was great to see our own Coordinator, Jason Wager discussing the CCFCs connections between many of the City of Charlotte and other fleets electrification efforts and projects.
We were thrilled to see many of our stakeholders among the crowded aisle of EVs-including Duke Energy; the City of Charlotte; Mecklenburg Air Quality Division; Central Piedmont Community College; Club Car; Chargepoint, Guardian Fueling Technologies, and Nissan, one of the event sponsors. Vehicles on display ranged from a heavy duty Club Car model, Tesla Model X, Ford Focus Electric, to the Plug-In Electric Pacifica Hybrid, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi Plug-In Electric Outlander to a staple Nissan Leaf, among many others.
Thank you to everyone who came out and especially to our co-hosts the City of Charlotte for helping make this event happen! The amount of sustainable transportation options continues to grow every year and promoting all options, from vehicles to electric bikes and scooters as environmentally and economically better choices makes more sense the longer we continue these kinds of events. If we didn't see you this year and you're interested in participating or perhaps exhibiting your own electric vehicle or alternative transportation options next year, please visit https://driveelectricweek.org/ and watch for the next Charlotte area event to be posted!
Questions or recommendations on how to make the event even bigger and better next year? Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org!
Elizabeth Munger of the Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance will be presenting on September 23-26th in Austin Texas on the resources the Clean Cities program and individual Coalitions can provide to NCSFA members to support research and implementation of different mobility solutions.
The NCSFA has extended a $50.00 discount to all Clean Cities Coordinators that would like to attend the conference. Please contact Tommy Morrison at TMorrison [at] amrms [dot] com for more details.
Just a reminder that the VW Settlement Phase I applications close soon! Deadline is September 30th. If you have questions on your project or need some help, please reach out to the Coalition at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org or csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org. More information on the settlement can be found here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement