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11.23.20

NC VW Settlement Phase 1 Level 2 ZEV Infrastructure Program Webinar

On November 17, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Level 2 ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust. This RFP for the Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program will assist interested parties in applying for funds using a first-come, first-served rebate process to install ZEV Level 2 charging infrastructure, as described in the North Carolina VW Mitigation Plan until all funds are exhausted. The primary goal is to increase use of ZEVs in place of gas-powered cars to mitigate nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. 

A webinar will be held on December 11, 2020 from 10am - 12pm, for interested stakeholders and applicants. During this webinar, staff will show applicants how to request access to the DAQ Grants Management System and answer questions regarding the Request for Proposals. Applicants are not required to attend the virtual application workshop prior to application submission but are encouraged to participate or watch the recorded session prior to the application acceptance date.  Applicants should request access to the DAQ Grants Management System prior to when the application opens on January 25, 2021.

NCDEQ anticipates awarding a total of approximately $1.1 million towards Level 2 charging infrastructure projects in Phase 1. Rebate applications will be prioritized by the urban-suburban/rural split described in the NC VW Mitigation Plan, with about 68% of the funds allocated for urban and suburban counties, and a minimum of 32% allocated for rural counties.

You must register for the webinar by December 9, 2020. You may register here. A link to the webinar will be emailed to all registered attendees prior to the webinar.

For additional information and documents regarding the RFP, please visit: https://deq.nc.gov/volkswagen-settlement/level-2

06.02.20

The Mobile Source Compliance Branch of North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality values the input of stakeholders and the residents of North Carolina regarding Phase 1 of the Volkswagen Grant programs.

As part of our summer intern project, we would appreciate if you would take a short survey to provide us with feedback regarding the Phase 1 Volkswagen RFPs and applications. The link to the survey is here. Please feel free to share this link with any parties you think would be interested. 

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and will close at midnight on 6/16/2020. 

If you have any issues accessing the survey, feel free to contact us.  Thank you for your time.

 

Lilly Wallace, Environmental Technician I Intern

(919) 707-8429 office

lilly [dot] wallace [at] ncdenr [dot] gov

 

Logan Hale, Environmental Technician I Intern

(919) 707-8448 office

Logan [dot] hale [at] ncdenr [dot] gov

 

Sheila Blanchard, Environmental Program Consultant

(919) 707-8423  office

sheila [dot] blanchard [at] ncdenr [dot] gov

04.27.20

CCFC has received word from our sister coalition in Alabama that one of their stakeholders has a complete CNG station for sale. They have a Motor Week segment on the station, available to view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M9yqsQ-Sf8 and the sale post is listed on http://cngsale.com/ with full specifications and station equipment included. The seller, Virginia Transportation (VT), is available for contact through the "Contact Us" button on their site or you can reach out to Carina at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for more information. 

02.18.20

Carina Soriano, CCFC Co-Coordinator, attended the Energy Independence Summit in Washington DC last week on February 10-12th. Centralina was glad to meet with other North Carolina folks from the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition as well as partner NC Clean Energy Technology Center. This annual event is the nation's premier clean transportation policy summit. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key Congressional and Administration policymakers in Washington, DC. This year, our information to congressional leaders focused on stablizing Clean Cities program and clean transportation initiatives funding, continued support for extending alt fuel tax credits and grants such as the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grant to assist our stakeholders with future fleet building money, technology, and opportunities. Interested? Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) hosts the Summit every year and we're always looking for more stakeholder involvement! Being a Clean Cities stakeholder assists with registration costs too. Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org to see how to participate next year! 

01.09.20

The next round of CFAT funds are now available. 2020 offers $1.4 million, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, and supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the NCDOT. 

Project proposals are limited to $400,000 with a minimum ask of $5,000. Applications are due Friday, March 13, 2020 and should be emailed to Rick Sapienza at resapienza [at] ncsu [dot] edu. This will likely be the only soliciation for 2020. 

The NC Clean Energy Technology Center will host a CFAT 2020 Round 1 Informational Webinar from 2-3pm, Monday, January 13th. The webinar will cover an overview of eligible projects and have Q&A to assist with application submission. 

For additional details, please visit https://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/2020/01/08/new-round-of-grant-funds-available-through-clean-fuel-advanced-technology-cfat-project/

12.12.19
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the upcoming availability of approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. 
 
The DERA program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the EPA Administrator as poor air quality areas. 
 
Application packages must be submitted electronically to the EPA through Grants.gov no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET to be considered for funding. 
 
More information can be found here

The EPA will host a series of webinars to assist applicants in learning more about the DERA program and this Request for Applications (RFA). Participants will learn about program details, changes from last year’s RFA, who is eligible for the grants, what projects can be funded, how to apply, and more. The links for these webinars are listed below:
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08.30.19

Just a reminder that the VW Settlement Phase I applications close soon! Deadline is September 30th. If you have questions on your project or need some help, please reach out to the Coalition at jwager [at] centralina [dot] org or csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org. More information on the settlement can be found here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement

05.13.19

Join us on May 30th to learn about the process of adopting electric vehicles, what funding options are available, and then see the vehicles themselves. We’ll start with an overview of the current market and why there is a need for electric vehicle adoption and then go into the specifics: everything from a dealer’s perspective to siting and other considerations, to installing and finding funding for the infrastructure and vehicles. There will also be a presentation by a fleet manager with experience in managing a large electric vehicle fleet. Speakers will include the NC DAQ, in charge of NC’s VW Settlement money; an electric utility provider; ChargePoint, in collaboration with Guardian Fueling Technologies; Clipper Creek; the City of Charlotte; Advanced Energy; Nissan and more!

Still not sure EVs are right for your fleet? Join in our Q&A session to get answers. Then, head outside after the meeting to speak with dealers and enthusiasts for some personal EV experience.  The meeting will be May 30th at Centralina’s offices; 9815 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28262; from 9:30 to 11:30am with the vehicle showcase afterwards.

05.13.19

The Green Fleet Awards, offered by the The 100 Best Fleets in The Americas, are now accepting nominations! This is your opportunity as a fleet manager to brag on your own fleet's accomplishments or nominate a fleet you know has been doing good things. To nominate a fleet or for more details, please visit: http://www.the100bestfleets.com/gf_about.htm. The deadline for entries is July 2, 2019.

Results are announced at a special pre-conference event for the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference on August 6 in Durham, NC. To register, ensure that you are registering for the "Green Fleet Forum by 100 Best Fleets" pre-conference. Previous Green Fleet winners include repeat winners the University of NC at Charlotte, who placed 15th out of 50 in 2017 and moved up to 9th out of 50 in 2018! 

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

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