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10.10.16

In light of the impact Hurricane Matthew has had on our state this past week, we wanted to share some information resources and a recent article we posted related to resilience.  

With many working to recover from this latest natural disaster, some information resources to support post-Hurricane Matthew efforts and long term planning include the following:

As we recover from Hurricane Matthew, our attention is inevitably drawn to ways we might prepare for and reduce the impacts of future natural disasters.  In a recent report, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy defined resilience as a community’s reduction of and better preparation for risk.  The components of risk – and thus resilience – can be divided into hazards, vulnerability, and capacity to cope.  With North Carolina being no stranger to hazards such as hurricanes and ice storms, community resilience infrastructure should be made a priority for the safety of our communities for both man-made and natural disasters.

It is important to include alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in community resilience planning efforts since they promote fuel diversification, allowing critical public services to continue, reducing recovery time, and strengthening resiliency to disasters and other emergency events. 

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) tracks funding opportunities to help municipalities, regions, and states incorporate alternative fuels in their emergency management planning. In addition, Clean Cities coalitions and coordinators are a valuable resource to emergency management and fleet decision makers by providing information on alternative fuels and connecting them with stakeholders who have experience using alternative fuels.

According to the National Association of State Energy Officials, petroleum products provide 92% of the total energy needed to  supply the transportation sector in the United States. This dependence on petroleum makes communities vulnerable to disasters and emergencies that interrupt petroleum fuel supplies. The CCFC has been assisting the greater Charlotte region for over a decade in the deployment of alternative fuel technologies.  Here  are several ways that alternative fuels/AFVs impact or help community resilience:

  • Encourage fuel diversification;
  • Improve response time and recovery and restoration capabilities;
  • Meet essential public services during times of disaster (e.g., utility restoration, debris removal, evacuation, emergency response, food delivery);
  • Mitigate demand spikes for petroleum fuels;
  • Allow uninterrupted fuel supply (e.g., natural gas is distributed via underground pipeline, so delivery is not disrupted);
  • Advanced vehicle technologies, such as electric vehicle-to-grid can become a power provider
  • Reduce downtime and suppress negative economic impact; and bImprove public confidence in government capability to provide services in times of disaster

As efforts are taken to improve your organization's and community's resilience, don't hesitate to contact the CCFC to discuss project ideas, funding opportunities, and ways to get involved in the Clean Cities network.  This article was originally posted in the Centralina Council of Governments July 2016 e-newsletter.  

10.07.16

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/

 

10.04.16

 

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: 

Project Type

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.

10.03.16

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.

09.22.16

 

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.

Blurry Cars

09.21.16

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

NDEW 2016

Attendees enjoy speaking with Electric Vehicle owners at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 9/12/2016

08.29.16

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.

08.08.16

Stakeholder Spotlight: 

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.

08.02.16

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

08.01.16

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.

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