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05.01.18

SEDC 2018 LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Nomination Period: March 26, 2018 – May 18, 2018 

About the Awards:

This is the tenth year the SEDC will present awards to recognize leadership in reducing diesel emissions throughout Region 4 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Since 2008, the SEDC has been recognizing leadership in the Southeast through its annual leadership award program. The program began with the Industry Leadership Award and the Community Fleet Leadership Award. In 2012, a new category, the Visionary Award was added to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated significant leadership in achieving diesel emission reductions.

The following are descriptions for each award category:

  1. The Industry Leadership Award will recognize a for-profit company or corporation that demonstrates outstanding and exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce diesel emissions associated with their business activity.
  2. The Fleet Leadership Award will recognize a non-profit organization that has direct responsibility for a fleet and/or activity relying on diesel engines to fulfill their core mission that demonstrates exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce their diesel emissions.
  3. The Visionary Champion Award will recognize an organization and/or individual having a vision and acting on that vision to facilitate diesel emission reduction efforts.

Who is eligible?

The following describes entities that are eligible nominees:

  • The entity’s projects/programs must reduce diesel emissions in at least one of the EPA Region 4 states (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina);
  • An entity may nominate themselves or be nominated by others;
  • The entity must be an active leader with recent accomplishments. The entity must have completed or substantially implemented one or more clean diesel related project(s)/program(s) during the 2017 and/or 2018 calendar years;
  • An entity that previously won an Industry Leadership or Community Leadership award may not be nominated based on the same project(s)/program(s), but may be nominated for new project(s)/program(s) that occurred after receiving their most recent SEDC Leadership Award; and
  • An entity may only compete in one of the three categories as described above. The nominator is asked to recommend a category. However, the SEDC Leadership Committee will make the final decision in placing the nominee into the category it deems most appropriate.

When are nominations 

  • Nominations for projects/programs substantially implemented or completed during the past year are due by May 18, 2018 and will be announced at the SEDC Annual Partnership Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina in September 2018.

Who reviews nominations?

  • SEDC Leadership Council will review the nominations and select the awardees.

What criteria will be used to evaluate nominations?

  • Nominated entities will be evaluated based on the information provided in the Program Description Narrative submitted during the nomination period. These awards are presented for extraordinary leadership in promoting the goals of the SEDC. Nominees will be judged on their effectiveness in meeting the SEDC’s goals and the degree to which they display exemplary leadership and inspire others to step up their efforts in reducing diesel emissions. Project(s)/programs need to focus on improving air quality in Region 4 (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina). After the winners are selected, the SEDC will recognize the full array of leadership qualities demonstrated by the winner’s efforts.

How do I submit my entry?

Email: Richard [dot] McDonald [at] dnr [dot] ga [dot] gov

Or mail to

Richard McDonald
Planning and Support Program
Environmental Protection Division, DNR
4244 International Parkway, Ste 120
Atlanta, GA 30354

 

04.30.18

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center is seeking proposals from both public and private entities for transportation related projects that reduce emissions in North Carolina's non-attainment and maintenance counties for National Ambient Air Quality Standards. 

Eligible projects include:

  • Alternative Fuel & Advanced Technology Vehicles (AFVs) Leases
  • Alternative Fuel & Advanced Technology Vehicle (AFV) Conversions
  • Mobile Idle Reduction Technologies
  • Diesel Retrofits 

Maximum per project award: $300,000
Minimum per project award: $25,000 

The deadline to apply for 2018's 2nd round of CFAT funding is June 29, 2018. For the RFP, application, and other information, click here.

The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project is designed to reduce transportation related emissions in North Carolina through education, outreach and emission reduction technology sub-awards to public and private entities responsible for transportation related emissions in eligible counties. The project is administered by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)/NC State University (NCSU) with federal funding provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  The CFAT eligible counties served by Centralina Council of Governments are: Cabarrus, Gaston, *Iredell (partial), Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union. Centralina Council of Governments conducts education and outreach activities as one of five North Carolina education and outreach partners (EOPs) to enhance reach and effectiveness in reducing transportation related emissions in eligible counties. 

To learn more about CFAT or how CFAT funding can help you, contact csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org (Carina Soriano) or jwager [at] centralina [dot] org (Jason Wager).

04.26.18

2018 Request for Proposals for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is now open!

The EPA is anticipating about $40 million in grant funding to be made available for projects that achieve signficant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleetts operating in areas designated by the EPA as poor air quality areas. 

Proposals must be submitted electronically to the EPA through https://www.grants.gov/ by June 12th at 11:59pm to be considered. 

Timeline: 

Request for Proposals (RFP) opens: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Information Session (Webinar #1): Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Information Session (Webinar #2): Thursday, May 3, 2018
Deadline for Proposals:                  Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Notification of Selected Applicants: July 2018
Funding of Awards:                       September-November, 2018

 

For more information about Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Information Sessions, please join the webinars below:

Webinar 1- Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 2-3:30pm (ET): https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/dera18a/ 
                                  Conference Number: 1 (202) 991-0477
                                  Participant code: 4149804#

Webinar 2- Thursday, May 3, 2018, 3-4:30pm (ET): https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/dera18b/
                                  Conference Number: 1 (202) 991-0477
                                  Participant code: 4149804#

Additional information can be found on the EPA's Clean Diesel Page

03.27.18

NC Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has just announced that they are to begin holding a series of information session on the proposed plan for NC's portion of the VW Settlement funds. In anticipation, they have released the Draft State Mitigation Plan that outlines a proposal to invest the first phase of the state's $92 million into projects aimed at reducing pollution impacts from diesel emissions. Comments from the public are welcome on this plan through May 3, 2018. The DEQ used public feedback to develop this plan and it will be further refined based on public comment. The final plan will be submitted to the trustee this summer, with a request for proposals to follow in the fall. 


The Centralina region's meeting will be held Tuesday, March 27 from 3-5pm at the Kannapolis Train Station, in the Multipurpose Room, 201 S. Main St., Kannapolis. Members of the public and entities interested in receiving funds for eligible projects are encouraged to attend.


In addition there will be four other meetings in the state that can be found below.  

  • 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 26: Land-of-Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway., Suite 140, Asheville 

  • 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 16: Lenoir Community College, Bullock Building, Room 150, Kinston  

  • 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17: Triangle J Council of Governments, 4307 Emperor Blvd., Suite 110, Durham 

  • 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 20: Cape Fear Community College, Union Station, Room 512, 502 N. Front St., Wilmington 

For more information about the Volkswagen Settlement, visit https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement or contact Jason Wager or Carina Soriano at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org, 704-348-2707 or csoriano@centralina, 704-688-7035. 

02.23.18

The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project is designed to reduce transportation related emissions in North Carolina through education, outreach and emission reduction technology sub-awards to public and private entities responsible for transportation related emissions in eligible counties. The project is administered by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)/NC State University (NCSU) with federal funding provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  The CFAT eligible counties served by Centralina Council of Governments are: Cabarrus, Gaston, *Iredell (partial), Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union. Centralina Council of Governments conducts education and outreach activities as one of five North Carolina education and outreach partners (EOPs) to enhance reach and effectiveness in reducing transportation related emissions in eligible counties. 

To learn more about CFAT, contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.

 

02.12.18
Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Extensions!
On Friday, February 9th, President Trump signed a retroactive extension of many tax credits that affect the Clean Cities Coalitions and have implications for their stakeholders. The following list of budget act provisions may be of interest: 
  • Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit
  • Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Income Tax Credit
  • Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit
  • Fuel Cell Motor Vehicle Tax Credit
  • Qualified Two-Wheeled Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit
  • Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit
  • Second Generation Biofuel Production Property Depreciation Allowance
The changes outlined above are effective immediately. To view the full text of the bill the President passed, the Bipartisan Budget Act, visit https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr1892enr/pdf/BILLS-115hr1892enr.pdf. Descriptions of each incentive can be found at the Alternative Fuels Data Center Federal Laws and Incentives page.
 
 
02.12.18
VW Settlement Updates
THe NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has compiled a summary of the over 800 comments received during their request for suggestions on how to spend the settlement funds. The comment period lasted from November 22,2017 until December 31,2017.

There was a total of 872 comments received for projects totaling over $409 million. There was a wide variety of projects suggested, including some that were not eligible under either the VW consent decree or the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) option. Full responses can be found on the VW settlement page, where comments are divided into 11 different categories. https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement/volkswagen
 
 
02.11.18

EIS 2018

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition invites you to attend the Energy Independence Summit 2018, February 11-14 in Washington, D.C.
Organized by Transportation Energy Partners (TEP), the Summit brings together the nation’s clean transportation leaders to share best practices and educate federal policy makers about the benefits of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program and the need for additional tools and resources to overcome barriers to the widespread use of clean vehicles and fuels. 
Energy Independence Summit 2018 will be especially important as the transportation sector seeks to educate the administration and Congress about the importance of maintaining support for the Clean Cities program, the EPA Clean Diesel Grants, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the various tax incentives for alternative fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure.
Transportation Energy Partners is an independent, non-profit, national organization that provides policy support for the nation’s 90 local and regional Clean Cities Coalitions.  TEP has been organizing Energy Independence Summits in Washington since 2006; these events have played a key role in increasing clean transportation funding, which has greatly benefitted Clean Cities Coalitions and our industry partners.
Last year’s Summit was a tremendous success with more than 50 Clean Cities Coordinators and over 100 industry leaders.  Roundtables featured top leaders from the electric vehicle, natural gas, biofuels, and propane industries, and we organized more than 200 meetings with key members of the House and Senate to discuss continued bipartisan Congressional support for advancing markets for the clean transportation industry.

This year's Early Bird Registration deadline is TONIGHT at midnight! Don't miss out on the discounted price and register now! The Summit schedule is as follows: 

  • Sunday the 11th: evening get-together at Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel 
  • Monday the 12th: sessions on policies and programs, the latest on VW settlement money for alternative fuel investment, snd industry perspective on new technologies and the future of alternative fuels
  • Tuesday the 13th: meet with members of Congress and their staff followed by a networking reception sponsored by UPS
  • Wednesday the 14th: Roundtables with government officials from the DOE, DOD, DOA, and EPA, among others  

We believe the United States must aggressively expand our use of domestically produced alternatives to petroleum fuel if we are to stabilize gasoline process, decrease our dependence on foreign oil, and maintain and create American jobs. The more supporters who join our effort, the greater our ability to make sure policies and funding support local clean transportation programs and projects.
Please contact Carina Soriano with questions or about special pricing opportunities at (704) 688-7035 or csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org; or for more information about the Summit, please visit the EIS 2018 website.
We hope to see you in DC in February. 

02.08.18

Due to a schedule change, we have decided to move this opportunity to later in the year. More details will be sent out closer to the new date. 

More information on Proterra can be found at: https://www.proterra.com/

11.22.17

department of environmental quality ncGovernor Cooper has officially appointed the Department of Environmental Quality (DAQ/DEQ) as the lead agency for NC in managing the $92 million the state will receive. This money comes from settlement of a lawsuit against the German automaker producing certain diesel vehicles with devices that meant emissions did not meet EPA standards. The money is earmarked to remove the polluting vehicles sold by VW from the road and contribute to air quality improvement programs.  The announcement made included the invitation for public input regarding what the state should include in its mitigation plan.Your comments will help shape how these funds are spent in North Carolina. Public input is available until December 31st at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement/volkswagen.  A website was also launched in coordination with the appointment and can be found here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement

If you would like more information about this settlement and how to be involved in this conversation in our region, please contact Jason Wager at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org or 704-348-2707.

Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

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