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!
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/.
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:
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
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.
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!
Pictured from L to R: Terry Keith, Excel Truck Group; Michael Riley, Piedmont Natural Gas, under Duke Energy; Andrea Eilers, Triangle Clean Cities Coalition; Carina Soriano, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition; Jason Wager, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition; and Chris Dobbins, Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition.
NC Clean Cities Coalitions and stakeholders gather for the NGV Technology Forum Meeting at Agility Fuel Solutions.
This year, NC hosted the the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum (NGVTF) April 16-17, at the Agility Fuel Solutions Training Center in Salisbury, NC. This meeting is held annually nationwide and was led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission in the effort to unite a diverse group of stakeholders to discus data and resources concerning technology, regulations, market barriers, and opportunities for next steps for development and deployment of commercially competitive natural gas engines, vehicles, and infrastructure.
It was great to see our fellow NC Clean Cities Coalition partners, Andrea Eilers from Triangle Clean Cities and Chris Dobbins from Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition at the meeting.
Centralina coalition staff were glad to support stakeholders, Piedmont Natural Gas, now owned by Duke Energy and Excel Truck Group, that were also attendees at the two day annual meeting.
Thank you to everyone that attended the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) session at our Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) office with our partners NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) and NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). As part of four meetings across North Carolina, participants gained information on and provided feedback on Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80. This EO80 instructs state agencies to promote clean energy and NCDOT, as part of this effort, will create a statewide plan to promote the use of clean transportation technologies for ZEV’s in NC.
Weren't able to make the meeting? Still interested in providing your feedback? Take a few minutes to participate in a survey here to provide electric vehicle feedback directly to NCDOT. Your input in this survey is vital as the N.C. Department of Transportation drafts a ZEV plan that seeks to meet the goals of Executive Order No. 80.
“This is your opportunity to weigh in,” said John Bonitz, Clean Transportation Specialist at NCCETC. “Tell us where the charging stations need to be, give us your practical experience or practical concerns.” “It’s important right now because there’s momentum in this conversation,” said Allison Carr, Transportation Specialist at NCCETC. “There’s support from the Governor, and there’s Volkswagen funding available that will contribute to funding designated for EVSE.”
In case you missed the sessions, NCCETC and NCDOT are hosting a free ZEV Information & Input Webinar on Tuesday, April 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to cover the same information and answer your questions about the current development of a statewide plan to promote clean transportation technologies.
Register for the webinar here.
To learn more, or for questions, contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.
Announcing the 2019 “Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest
North Carolina students from kindergarten through college can submit their artwork for a chance to be featured on billboards across the state
The 2nd Annual "Keep Our Air Clean" Student Art Contest has begun! NC students from kindergarten to college are encouraged to participant by submitting artwork that reflects actions that individuals and families can take to reduce air pollution from vehicles.
Requirements for artwork: must be family friendly and non-partisan. Some examples include walking, biking, using public transit, using biofuels, etc. More ideas and information about examples can be found at www.4cleanfuels.org; cleantransportation.org; or FuelWhatMatters.org.
Winning submissions will be based on relevance and appropriateness of the message; visual design; and public votes on NCCETC's Facebook account.
Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, April 28th. Please submit (if artists are over 18 or parents are submitting on behalf of their child) by emailing Heather Brutz at hmbrutz [at] ncsu [dot] edu. Teachers must return a signed permission slip with artwork submissions.
More information about the contest here: https://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/2019/03/13/submit-your-artwork-for-the-2019-keep-our-air-clean-student-art-contest/
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