What are the key terms and considerations I should remember when discussing emissions?
Answer: When discussing emissions, it is important to use the appropriate terms, know the context, and present a complete picture. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a number of tools and resources available to understand and calculate the emissions benefits of alternative fuels and vehicles (see below). But first, let’s get back to the basics.
The Core-Stakeholder meeting held this past Wednesday was a great success. CCFC would like to thank everyone that attended the meeting as well as Megan Green of the Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency for her informative presentation on emerging air quality rules.
The City of Concord, with the help of Daniel Nuckolls, has continued to make great strides in the clean transportation space. With 99% of the over 1,000 vehicle fleet using alternative fuels, Daniel has created a clean fleet to envy. Nuckolls attributes his success to various organizations and planning projects including the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, the North Carolina Plug-in Vehicle Readiness Plan and various funding opportunities, including the Clean Fuel Advanced Techonology (CFAT) grant.The alternative fuels Nuckolls has implemented have proven to be effective for the city creating a positive change for both the residents as well as the environment.
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.
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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.