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09.12.14

The City of Charlotte Mayor Clodfelter signed an official proclamation from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) which led to the activities. From this signature Charlotte can join over 120 events occurring across the country as part of National Drive week. The number of registered electric vehicles in Mecklenburg County has more than doubled in the past two years with 331 registered electric vehicles.

09.05.14

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

09.03.14

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NC CETC) announces $1.3 Million to provide funding assistance for transportation related emission reduction projects.

09.03.14

NC Smart Fleet is an opportunity to join with other fleets across North Carolina to quantify, aggregate and celebrate all that NC fleets are doing for air quality and fuel efficiency.                

Annual fuel use and CO2 reductions are the primary metric for evaluation, while additional clean transportation activities provide opportunity to achieve the Champion level.

Find out more details here! 

09.03.14

The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will provide funding for projects that reduce diesel emissions. Awarded projects will begin (at the earliest) in January 2015 and must be completed by September 30, 2015.

 

Apply now at http://www.ncair.org/motor/DERG/ to be considered for 2014 Diesel Emission Reduction Grant funding.

Who is Eligible? Any private or public sector entity or individual is eligible. Priority for grants will go to diesel emission reduction projects in the following counties: Cabarrus, Catawba, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Johnston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Nash, Orange, Person, Rowan, Union, Wake, and parts of Chatham, Haywood, Iredell, and Swain County

Total Funding Available? Approximately $250,000 is available for all projects funded statewide. The DAQ expects to fund 2 to 5 projects.

Deadline for Applications? Applications must be received by e-mail or postmarked by Friday November 7, 2014 to be considered.

How Do I Apply? Select the application type (in the left-hand column) that best fits your project. If you have questions about which form to use, contact Anne Galamb 919-707-8423 or Anne [dot] Galamb [at] ncdenr [dot] gov.

Summary of Funding Offered Per Project Type

Project Type

DENR Amount Paid

Replacement of diesel vehicle chassis and engine

25%

Idle reduction technology on unregulated or Tier 0 locomotives

40%

Repower of old chassis with new cleaner diesel engine

40%

Clean Alternative Fuel Conversions, where the old chassis is retained but the engine is replaced or converted to an alternative fuel.

40%

Retrofits (exhaust type, e.g. diesel particulate filter)/td>

100%

  • No infrastructure projects will be considered.
  • No standalone offset of cleaner fuel costs unless combined with another clean diesel project on the same vehicle
07.21.14

The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program funded 16 states as part of its Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure awards, which totaled $8.5 million. The projects were envisioned as a way to streamline the further implementation of an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in communites around the country. In the July/August 2014 Issue of Green Fleet Magazine, the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was highlighted as being a part of this program. They state North Carolina's Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) stepped up to the plate when it came to bringing the electric vehicle revolution to the Tar Heel State". The article continues on to say the project established "regional PEV readiness plans and, through the establishment of a taskforce, a PEV readiness "roadmap" for the state".

07.14.14

Duke Energy is buying four high-efficiency, diesel-electric locomotives that are expected to cut by 75 percent the engine emissions tied to hauling coal at some of its large power plants.

Dukes started using the first engine at the Marshall Steam Station north of Charlotte in June. It has bought two additional locomotives- one for the Asheville Plant in Skyland and on for the Mayo Plant in Roxboro. A fourth locomotive will be purchased by the end of the year, Duke spokeswoman Lisa Parris says.

The LEAF engine built by RailServe uses a high-efficiency alternating-current generator that requires less horsepower from the diesel engine to provide the electricity that runs the trains ferrying coal from the plants' storage piles to the boilers.

Duke equipment specialist and CCFC chairman Dave Navey demonstrates the locomotive and describes how it works in the video below.

07.08.14

Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Fontaine Modification have reached an agreement to provide a turnkey process for the delivery and installation of CNG fuel systems on Class 8 heavy-duty, over-the-road tractors. Fontaine will install the back-of-cab and side-saddle CNG fuel storage, management and delivery systems manufactured by Mainstay Fuel Technologies. Fontaine, North America's most comprehensive provider of truck modification services, will perform the installations at its modification centers across the United States.

Maintstay manufactures complete CNG fuel storage and delivery systems for Class 6, 7, and 8 heavy-duty trucks. Back-of-cab or side-saddle configurations are available from 30-220 DGE to meet various fleet range requirements.

05.29.14

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition held their 10th Anniversary event on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Foundation for the Carolinas in uptown Charlotte.  The event celebrated past accomplishments, recognized valuable stakeholders and encouraged stakeholders to meet future challenges.

CCFC Logo and Sean Flaherty

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

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