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On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Plug-in NC hosted its spring summit in Kernersville, NC. Plug-in NC is a statewide program dedicated to the integration of electrified transportation into the North Carolina transportation system. The Plug-in NC Summit served to update members, stakeholders, and interest groups about electric vehicle efforts across North Carolina and to share an analysis of electric vehicle trends in North Carolina over the past couple of years.

Speakers included Eric Reynolds, from Proterra, and Adam Fischer, the transportation director for the City of Greensboro, were invited to discuss the role and potential for electric buses in North Carolina. Reynolds gave a short presentation on the impact of Proterra, an electric bus company, across the nation, as well as the benefits of electric buses over regular diesel or hybrid buses. In addition to Reynolds presentation, Fischer discussed Greensboro’s recent purchase of 10 electric buses from Proterra, and how the incorporation of these new electric buses will have a positive impact on Greensboro’s transportation system.

The Plug-In NC Summit focused on how North Carolina can increase fuel security through implementing alternatives to petroleum. By utilizing a renewable source, the City of Greensboro is increasing their air quality, decreasing their fuel usage and costs without sacrificing quality while contributing to the domestic economy, as many alternative fuels are sourced right here in both North Carolina and in the United States. If you’re interested in cutting costs and maintenance, while boosting our economy, contact Carina Soriano at (704) 688-7035 or at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for more information and resources.


The application period for the 2018 Green Fleet Awards is now open! The link to apply can be found here and there is no cost for application. Entries must be received by Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Winners will be announced at the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference in Durham, NC on August 21-23, 2018. There will be a 100 Best Fleets pre-conference on August 21st at 1pm, so don't forget to add that to your registration too. We hope to see you there!

*Please note there are different applications for the government sector and for the commercial sector.* 

Don't miss out on this great chance to receive recognition for any and all green initiatives your organization may be doing! Any steps fleets are taking to become more eco-friendly should be recognized for their contributions to the economy and the environment so please apply!


 LEAF Discount

Ready for an Electric Vehicle? Nissan is offering a $3,000 incentive on the retail purchase of the 2018 LEAF. The offer is open to customers of Duke Energy through June 30, 2018. 

To take advantage of this offer, bring your Duke Energy bill to your local Nissan dealer. (Discount Code B63724)

Questions? Contact our local participating Nissan dealer, Cornelius Willingham, at: %20Cornelius [dot] Willingham [at] nissan-usa [dot] com


NCCETC is awarding more than $1.2 million to eight projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. 

They have also announced a new round of federal funding, up to $1,455,000, with applications due June 8, 2018. Awards will be announced by September 2018.  

For more information and the application, please visit their website:


Please click on the flyer below to see a PDF of this limited time offer from our stakeholder partners, Nissan and Duke Energy.




Nomination Period: March 26, 2018 – May 18, 2018 

About the Awards:

This is the tenth year the SEDC will present awards to recognize leadership in reducing diesel emissions throughout Region 4 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Since 2008, the SEDC has been recognizing leadership in the Southeast through its annual leadership award program. The program began with the Industry Leadership Award and the Community Fleet Leadership Award. In 2012, a new category, the Visionary Award was added to recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated significant leadership in achieving diesel emission reductions.

The following are descriptions for each award category:

  1. The Industry Leadership Award will recognize a for-profit company or corporation that demonstrates outstanding and exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce diesel emissions associated with their business activity.
  2. The Fleet Leadership Award will recognize a non-profit organization that has direct responsibility for a fleet and/or activity relying on diesel engines to fulfill their core mission that demonstrates exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce their diesel emissions.
  3. The Visionary Champion Award will recognize an organization and/or individual having a vision and acting on that vision to facilitate diesel emission reduction efforts.

Who is eligible?

The following describes entities that are eligible nominees:

  • The entity’s projects/programs must reduce diesel emissions in at least one of the EPA Region 4 states (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina);
  • An entity may nominate themselves or be nominated by others;
  • The entity must be an active leader with recent accomplishments. The entity must have completed or substantially implemented one or more clean diesel related project(s)/program(s) during the 2017 and/or 2018 calendar years;
  • An entity that previously won an Industry Leadership or Community Leadership award may not be nominated based on the same project(s)/program(s), but may be nominated for new project(s)/program(s) that occurred after receiving their most recent SEDC Leadership Award; and
  • An entity may only compete in one of the three categories as described above. The nominator is asked to recommend a category. However, the SEDC Leadership Committee will make the final decision in placing the nominee into the category it deems most appropriate.

When are nominations 

  • Nominations for projects/programs substantially implemented or completed during the past year are due by May 18, 2018 and will be announced at the SEDC Annual Partnership Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina in September 2018.

Who reviews nominations?

  • SEDC Leadership Council will review the nominations and select the awardees.

What criteria will be used to evaluate nominations?

  • Nominated entities will be evaluated based on the information provided in the Program Description Narrative submitted during the nomination period. These awards are presented for extraordinary leadership in promoting the goals of the SEDC. Nominees will be judged on their effectiveness in meeting the SEDC’s goals and the degree to which they display exemplary leadership and inspire others to step up their efforts in reducing diesel emissions. Project(s)/programs need to focus on improving air quality in Region 4 (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina). After the winners are selected, the SEDC will recognize the full array of leadership qualities demonstrated by the winner’s efforts.

How do I submit my entry?

Email: Richard [dot] McDonald [at] dnr [dot] ga [dot] gov

Or mail to

Richard McDonald
Planning and Support Program
Environmental Protection Division, DNR
4244 International Parkway, Ste 120
Atlanta, GA 30354



The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center is seeking proposals from both public and private entities for transportation related projects that reduce emissions in North Carolina's non-attainment and maintenance counties for National Ambient Air Quality Standards. 

Eligible projects include:

  • Alternative Fuel & Advanced Technology Vehicles (AFVs) Leases
  • Alternative Fuel & Advanced Technology Vehicle (AFV) Conversions
  • Mobile Idle Reduction Technologies
  • Diesel Retrofits 

Maximum per project award: $300,000
Minimum per project award: $25,000 

The deadline to apply for 2018's 2nd round of CFAT funding is June 29, 2018. For the RFP, application, and other information, click here.

The Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project is designed to reduce transportation related emissions in North Carolina through education, outreach and emission reduction technology sub-awards to public and private entities responsible for transportation related emissions in eligible counties. The project is administered by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)/NC State University (NCSU) with federal funding provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT).  The CFAT eligible counties served by Centralina Council of Governments are: Cabarrus, Gaston, *Iredell (partial), Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union. Centralina Council of Governments conducts education and outreach activities as one of five North Carolina education and outreach partners (EOPs) to enhance reach and effectiveness in reducing transportation related emissions in eligible counties. 

To learn more about CFAT or how CFAT funding can help you, contact csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org (Carina Soriano) or jwager [at] centralina [dot] org (Jason Wager).


2018 Request for Proposals for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is now open!

The EPA is anticipating about $40 million in grant funding to be made available for projects that achieve signficant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleetts operating in areas designated by the EPA as poor air quality areas. 

Proposals must be submitted electronically to the EPA through by June 12th at 11:59pm to be considered. 


Request for Proposals (RFP) opens: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Information Session (Webinar #1): Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Information Session (Webinar #2): Thursday, May 3, 2018
Deadline for Proposals:                  Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Notification of Selected Applicants: July 2018
Funding of Awards:                       September-November, 2018


For more information about Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Information Sessions, please join the webinars below:

Webinar 1- Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 2-3:30pm (ET): 
                                  Conference Number: 1 (202) 991-0477
                                  Participant code: 4149804#

Webinar 2- Thursday, May 3, 2018, 3-4:30pm (ET):
                                  Conference Number: 1 (202) 991-0477
                                  Participant code: 4149804#

Additional information can be found on the EPA's Clean Diesel Page


NC Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has just announced that they are to begin holding a series of information session on the proposed plan for NC's portion of the VW Settlement funds. In anticipation, they have released the Draft State Mitigation Plan that outlines a proposal to invest the first phase of the state's $92 million into projects aimed at reducing pollution impacts from diesel emissions. Comments from the public are welcome on this plan through May 3, 2018. The DEQ used public feedback to develop this plan and it will be further refined based on public comment. The final plan will be submitted to the trustee this summer, with a request for proposals to follow in the fall. 

The Centralina region's meeting will be held Tuesday, March 27 from 3-5pm at the Kannapolis Train Station, in the Multipurpose Room, 201 S. Main St., Kannapolis. Members of the public and entities interested in receiving funds for eligible projects are encouraged to attend.

In addition there will be four other meetings in the state that can be found below.  

  • 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 26: Land-of-Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway., Suite 140, Asheville 

  • 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 16: Lenoir Community College, Bullock Building, Room 150, Kinston  

  • 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17: Triangle J Council of Governments, 4307 Emperor Blvd., Suite 110, Durham 

  • 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 20: Cape Fear Community College, Union Station, Room 512, 502 N. Front St., Wilmington 

For more information about the Volkswagen Settlement, visit or contact Jason Wager or Carina Soriano at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org, 704-348-2707 or csoriano@centralina, 704-688-7035. 

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

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