The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University announced the results of a call for projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. More than $1,340,000 has been awarded for transportation-related emission reductions. The projects in total will remove nearly 8.3 metric tons of pollutants annually. To put this into perspective, the reduction is equal to removing 108 vehicles from North Carolina roads. We would like to recognize and congratulate six of the fourteen CFAT grant awardees that are located in our nine-county region.
City of Charlotte Fire Department
Clean Energy Corporation
Mecklenburg County Air Quality
Ryder Truck Rental, Inc.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was recognized by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for supporting the development of the national plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and demonstrating outstanding leadership by promoting and supporting workplace charging in 2014.
If you are interested in workplace charging or would like to join the Worplace Charging Challenge click here.
EPA published the proposed ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in the Federal Register. This begins the comment period which closes on March 17th. Click here to view the proposed rule.
Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) seeks an energetic, self-starter for the position of Senior Planner-Sustainability to assist in the coordination of planning, energy, and environmental projects primarily relating to: sustainability, clean transportation/alternative fuels, energy, air quality, water quantity/quality, natural resources, and environmental issues. A primary focus of this position will include coordination of the region’s US DOE Clean Cities program, the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition.
CCOG is an innovative regional planning agency located in Charlotte, NC. CCOG has a membership that includes 60+ local governments throughout the Greater Charlotte Region and works on the major issues that transcend local and regional boundaries.
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The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) 2013-15 project is currently in a third phase of support from the N.C. Department of Transportation with $6.2 million in federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funding.
The CFAT project is focused on reducing transportation related emissions in NC counties that have air quality concerns. The 2013 to 2015 project is funded by the N.C. Department of Transportation and covers three broad areas: education and outreach, project funding, and recognition of exemplary activities (Mobile CARE).
To discuss and receive support for potential projects in the Greater Charlotte Region, contact Jessica Hill at (704) 348-2731 or jhill [at] centralina [dot] org. You can also download the RFP, application, and FAQs from our funding page. Click here to read the press announcement for the 2013-2015 project.
You've probably heard this from some of your fleet partners: "Why can't I get a consistent, full tank from my CNG dispenser?" And, as you probably know, the answer is very complicated because the fill depends on fill rate and temperature, among other variables. To help make sense of this complicated phenomenon, we've created an interactive animation:
Now available on the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) website. The animation lets you see what's going on inside a CNG tank at various fill rates and temperatures, and allows you to vary these parameters as you watch.
What are the new credit allocations that were established under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s Alternative Fuel Transportation Program (Program) earlier this year? How can I help spread the word on these new Energy Policy Act (EPAct) compliance pathways?
Answer: DOE issued a final rule on March 21, 2014, that establishes credit levels for additional means by which covered state and alternative fuel provider fleets operating under the Program's Standard Compliance (follow the link below: http://www.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/state_standard_compliance.html)
option may earn credits. These credits may be used toward compliance with a fleet's alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) acquisition requirements. DOE promulgated the rule pursuant Congress' direction, set forth in Section 133 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
The new credit allocations address the acquisition of various types of electric drive vehicles and allow covered fleets to earn credits under Standard Compliance for some vehicles that do not meet the EPAct 1992 definition of an AFV. Newly eligible vehicles include the following (with their credit allocations):
- Certain hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) - one-half credit
- Plug-in electric vehicles - one-half credit
- Fuel cell electric vehicles - one-half credit
- Neighborhood electric vehicles - one-fourth credit
Medium- and heavy-duty HEVs are also eligible for one-half credit after a fleet has met its light-duty AFV acquisition requirements.
Acquiring the electric drive vehicles noted above is not the only new way to earn credits under EPAct Standard Compliance. Fleets may now earn credits for investments of their own funds (not grant funds or other monetary awards) in qualified alternative fuel infrastructure. For every $25,000 invested, a covered fleet may earn one credit, with a limit of five credits available per fleet per model year for private infrastructure investment, and ten credits per fleet per model year for public infrastructure investment.
Fleets may also earn credits for investments in alternative fuel non-road equipment and/or emerging technologies associated with the Section 133-identified vehicles. The credits for non-road equipment are similar to infrastructure - one credit for every $25,000 invested and a maximum of five credits may be earned per fleet per model year. Emerging technologies investments will earn a covered fleet two credits for the initial investment of $50,000 and one credit for every $25,000 invested thereafter, with a limit of five credits per fleet per model year.
Fleets may begin taking advantage of these new credit allocations for their efforts undertaken in model year 2014 and future model years.
How Can You Spread the Word?
Are you aware of any covered utility or state fleets that are building new fueling infrastructure?
- Inform them they can earn EPAct credits.
Do you have an EPAct covered fleet stakeholder that needs an extra push to buy or lease HEVs?
- Let them know that certain HEVs are now eligible for EPAct credits.
Do you or your stakeholders have questions regarding EPAct compliance?
- Contact the Regulatory Information Hotline: regulatory [dot] info [at] nrel [dot] gov or 202-586-9171.
Note that covered fleets are currently compiling their Program reports for model year 2014 (September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014) activities, which are due by December 31, 2014.
For more information, refer to the following resources:
- EPAct Frequently Asked Questions for State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleets website (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/faqs.html)
- Final rule (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-21/pdf/2014-06044.pdf)
- EPAct Transportation Regulatory Activities Statutes and Regulations website (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/statutes_regulations.html)
Webinar: Final Rule on Electric Drive Vehicles and Infrastructure (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9LixPTkA7M)
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.
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