Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to expand its long standing partnership with NC State’s Clean Energy Technology Center through the new Fuel What Matters Campaign. Fuel What Matters is about education and awareness. It’s also about choices. Daily choices. Just about every decision we make during the day has an impact on our environment. This web-based platform is expected to grow our collective ability to share the actions CCFC’s Stakeholders are taking every day to support and improve our communities and environment, while similarly learning new ideas from others.
Get started on making an impact today, no matter how large or small! Click here to view the Fuel What Matters web site: https://www.fuelwhatmatters.org/
The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will provide approximately $231,500 for funding grant projects that reduce diesel emissions through the 2016 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG).
Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Friday, October 28, 2016 to be considered. Please refer to the information below on the five acceptable project types:
Grant 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)||100%|
Click here for more information and links to the on-road and non-road applications.
Thank you to all who attended the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Core Stakeholders Group meeting at UNC-Charlotte Center City Wednesday morning, 9/21/16. Whether you attended or were not able to make it this time, here’s a recap of what was presented along with links to referenced websites and handouts. Mark your calendar now for our next Core Stakeholder meeting, scheduled for the morning of 11/16/2016.
APPLY NOW for GRADE Funds
Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines (GRADE)
$350,000 Available Until October 17, 2016
$350,000 in funding is currently available through the GRADE program administered by Mecklenburg County Air Quality (MCAQ) for qualifying projects. These sub-grants of up to 50% are for the cost to fleets that want to replace older diesel-powered equipment and vehicles with newer, cleaner vehicles and equipment.
Equipment must operate at least 75% of time in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union (NC), or York (SC) counties. To find more information on the grant program or to download the application click here.
Please contact jwager [at] centralina [dot] org (Jason Wager) of the CCFC staff to discuss and develop your project ideas.
The greater Charlotte region's National Drive Electric Week event was a great success! The location choice of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center provided busy lunchtime traffic as well as attendance from key City of Charlotte decision-makers. Charlotte's city council environmental subcommittee meeting adjourned early to be in attendance at the event. Many interested visitors stopped to ask questions of our many contributors including: Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Modern Nissan of Lake Norman, Envision Charlotte, Sustain Charlotte, CATS, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Club Car, GEM Electric, and Charlotte Cycles. There is a strong interest in our community for EV's and other choices in how we get around! Our NDEW event was able to involve a broader cross section of the community and encourage this interest while promoting the excitement of driving electric.
News Coverage: WFAE-90.7 FM - Talking Up The Idea Of An Electric Car
Additional Photos: CCFC Facebook Page
Attendees enjoy speaking with Electric Vehicle owners at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 9/12/2016
The award nomination period for the 2016 MobileCARE Awards is now open through September 21, 2016.
For those not familiar, the Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy Awards are an effort to recognize exemplary individual and organizational efforts in North Carolina aimed at reducing transportation related emissions, promoting fuel diversity, and encouraging efficiency through clean transportation technologies.
This year's awards include the following categories:
- Individual - Individuals that have expanded the use and understanding of best driving practices, alternative fuels, and advanced transportation technologies in their personal and professional lives.
- Technology/Fuel Provider - Businesses that support the expansion of advanced transportation technology including producers, marketers, and distributors of alternative fuel technologies.
- Policy/Organization - Public/private organizations and individuals that have been instrumental in implementing policies and programs such as local resolutions, legislative actions, and/or developing organizational priorities and policies supporting emissions reductions, alt fuels, or advanced transportation tech use.
- Fleet Leader - Public and private fleets that have successfully integrated alternative fuels and/or advanced transportation technologies into their fleet.
The selection criteria can be found in the Nomination Application. If you are aware of an organization or individual in your part of the state that deserves recognition for their efforts in the clean transportation field, please nominate them for an award. Once you've completed the nomination application, you can return the application to Matt Abele at mrabele [at] ncsu [dot] edu. If you have any questions please contact Jason Wager at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org.
University of North Carolina Charlotte's (UNCC) Automotive and Motor Fleets Supervisor and CCFC Vice Chairman Chris Facente has found himself actively involved with the coalition since the beginning of his current position. Two weeks into taking over his role as Supervisor, Facente used the coalition to leverage his access to resources and current information on alternative technologies in the automotive realm. With UNCC hosting the largest electric vehicle fleet in the state of North Carolina, Facente's involvement with alternative fuels is an everyday reality. With the help of a collaborative relationship, Chris and the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition have been able to work together to draft up grant applications and award recognitions to ackowledge the dedicated efforts of UNCC as local leaders to the Clean Cities overarching mission, cutting petroleum use in the transportation sector.
Watch our exclusive video footage with Chris Facente to learn more on what it means to be a CCFC Stakeholder.
Watch this video for a recap of Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition's National Drive Electric Week Activities in 2015. We are a month away from our 2016 National Drive Electric Week Charlotte Event on September 12th! If you attended last year and want to come again or if you don't want to miss out this time around click here to register to attend, display a vehicle or volunteer!
For more information on the time and location of this years event click here.
To view our flyer and offical advertisement click here.
The era of practical electric vehicles has arrived! More and more visionary fleets are adding the Nissan LEAF to their fleet. Nissan understands that selecting the right Alt Fuel vehicle for your fleet is a critical decision. That’s why Nissan offers No Cost assistance in developing an EV adoption strategy to meet your goals. From infrastructure deployment to staff education, Nissan has the experience, resources and research data to simplify the process. Here is a list of the reasons public and private fleets nationwide have recently made LEAF “America’s Best Selling EV”.
- Spirited Performance and Outstanding Reliability
- No Oil Changes Ever, with Little or No Maintenance
- Less than Half the operating cost of Gas, per Mile
- Zero Emissions, with No GHG or CO2 Emissions
- Only affordable EV, with over 100 Miles of Range*
- DC Fast Charging, 80% Charge in 30 Minutes
- Room for 5 passengers and Cargo
- Reliable, with Lower Operating Costs
Federal EV Tax Incentive: $7,500
2016 Nissan Fleetail 2.0 Incentive: $8,000
To get assistance on your EV fleet strategy or to learn more about this incentive, please contact Jason Wager at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org.
* Comparison based on MY16 LEAF SV and SL vs. 2015 and 2016 non-luxury 100% electric vehicle competitors (Source: fueleconomy.gov). MY16 EPA range of 107 miles. Actual range may vary based on driving conditions. Use for comparison only.
Last week the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Program Office released a supplement announcement clarifying that the deployment and installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and associated hardware and software may be financed under the Title XVII Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects (REEE) solicitation. Specifically, the supplement provides that EV charging facilities may be deemed efficient electrical transmission and distribution technologies under the REEE solicitation. The REEE solicitation currently provides up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees (for a variety of projects not just EV charging) to support innovative renewable energy and efficient energy projects in the United States.
Electric vehicles can play an important role in reducing green house gases and meeting the United States dynamic climate goals; however, insufficient charging infrastructure remains an obstacle to growing this industry.
The Loan Program Office Loan guarantees can be an important tool to commercialize innovative technologies because these projects may be unable to obtain full commercial financing due to the perceived risks associated with technology that has never been deployed at commercial scale in the United States. The Department of Energy's Loan Program Office supports a large, diverse portfolio of more than $40 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and commitments to approximately 30 closed and committed projects nationwide, including leading edge renewable energy projects, advanced technology vehicle manufacturing facilities, and other projects.
- To read more about the Loan Program Office check out this fact sheet found here.
The front page http://energy.gov/lpo/loan-programs-office includes supplement deadline dates that are listed on the front webpage for the site that range from August 17th to November 30th.
An additional resource of dedicated electric vehicle related content by the Loan Program office can be found on this webpage. The page lists the new supplement and the White House factsheet issued last week summarizing the supplement, among other EV-related announcements.