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03.29.16

Bimbo Bakeries USA and Nestlé Waters North America recently deployed new fleets of propane autogas delivery vehicles that will service multiple cities across the U.S.

"Becoming a better steward of our environment is a priority for Nestlé Waters," said Bill Ardis, national fleet manager for Nestlé Waters North America. "We've been running propane autogas vehicles since 2014. Because of the proven emissions reductions and cost savings, we knew it was the right choice to expand our fleet with this domestically produced alternative fuel."

Nestlé Waters added more than 150 new Ford F-650 delivery vehicles to its existing propane autogas fleet. Bimbo Bakeries USA purchased 84 new, clean-burning Ford F-59 trucks.

"This initiative is the latest in our company's continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint," said Gary Maresca, senior director of fleet services for Bimbo Bakeries.

By operating propane autogas delivery trucks equipped with ROUSH CleanTech’s fuel system technology, both companies will cut carbon dioxide emissions in local communities by about 192,000 pounds per truck (compared to gasoline) per year.

In addition to reducing the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases, Bimbo Bakeries and Nestlé Waters also anticipate fuel and maintenance savings.

The new Ford F-59 and F-650 delivery vehicles will replace older diesel models.

Propane autogas is a nontoxic, non-carcinogenic and non-corrosive fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies the fuel as a non-contaminant. It is the leading alternative fuel in the United States and the third most commonly used vehicle fuel, following gasoline and diesel. About 23 million vehicles travel worldwide with propane in their fuel tank.

01.27.16

The Southeast Alternative Fuel Demonstration Initiative (SADI) grant is a US Department of Energy project focused on the increased adoption of alternative fuels in the Southeast region of the United States. Project partners for this grant include Alliance Autogas, Enterprise, ICOM, Palmetto Gas, Penske and others.

Clean Cities Coalitions throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee will work with technology partners to provide opportunities for fleets to demonstrate a wide range of alternative fuel vehicles. More information can be found on the SADI website. If you're interested in testing out any of the following alternative fuel vehicles, please contact Jessica Hill at jhill [at] centralina [dot] org or 704.348.2731

Vehicles available for demos

12.16.15

Rountable Questions:

  1. What words or images from this slide catch you attention?
  2. What headlines have you been reading or seen in the news this week or month related to crude oil prices?
  3. What do you think of when I say the words "falling oil prices?"
  4. What concerns you?
  5. What is the importance of the price of oil? Why should we care about falling oil prices?
  6. What implications does this have for the national Clean Cities program?
  7. What opportunities could exist?
  8. What does this mean for the next year? Or next 5 years?
  9. What kind of decisions do we need to make as a Clean Cities Coalition?

Items to Consider:

New Realities

  • OEM's and suppliers costs are down leading to cost to do new fuels/technology are more feasible
  • Alternative fuels now available almost everywhere

Focus on

  • Maintenance protocols are improving for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) leading to reduced costs
  • Reliability of AFVs improving leading to proven performance (not an unknown)
  • Communicating value to potential users we need to tap into knowledge gained by early adopters (i.e. learning curves, best practices)
  • Local governments need to augment budget process and mechanisms to better favor innovation shifts to new technology (i.e. allowing departments to keep cost savings)
  • Education and outreach around variety of petroleum reduction programs and technologies (i.e. anti-idling, telematics)
  • Myth busting about various fuels, technolgy and vehicles: making sure dealers are better prepared/knowledgeable on AFVs, providing clarity on source of electricity for EVs (air quality impacts)

Diversification as a strategy

  • Focus on pros of alternative technologies
  • Focus on long-term thinking vs. short term (where will we be in 2020?)
  • Different duty cycles will be met by variety of fuels and vehicles

 

11.24.15

U.S. Gain, the compressed natural gas (CNG) division of U.S. Venture, has opened its third of five CNG stations the company is building in partnership with North American carrier C.A.T. The new GAIN Clean Fuel station, located at 4250 Trailer Dr. in Charlotte, N.C., will support C.A.T.'s growing fleet of CNG trucks and will also be open to the public.

"We're proud to be leading the industry in creating sustainable transport," says C.A.T. President Daniel Goyette. "We've made an investment in our future with the conversion of our fleet to CNG. It's been a very positive move by helping us become more environmentally friendy and creating fuel price stability. We couldn't be happier with our partnership to make this facility a reality."

C.A.T., which operates over 300 tractors, announced a deal last year to lease 100 cNG trucks from Ryder System Inc.

The first GAIN Clean Fuel station under partnership with C.A.T. opened in Mississauga, Ontario, and the second in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec. The other two locations include Laredo, Texas, and Scranton, Pennsylvania. These stations are finishing up on construction and are expected to open soon.

"We're thrilled to have another C.A.T. station open for business," says GAIN Clean Fuel General Manager Bill Renz. "This is a heavily traveled trucking corridor, and we look forward to serving not only C.A.T., but other carriers seeking to take advantage of the benefits."

Photo and story credit: NGT News

08.20.15

Each year, the Southeast Diesel Collaborative (SEDC) presents a Leadership Award to one organization in order to recognize outstanding leadership in clean diesel projects. This year, Duke Energy was nominated for the SEDC Leadership Award for the work they have done to address diesel emissions, improve air quality, protect public health, and protect the wellness of their employees. Duke Energy has been invited to attend the SEDC 10th Annual Partner’s Meeting in Atlanta in order to spotlight the nomination and share an account of the clean diesel efforts accomplished.

Congratulations Duke Energy! We are proud to have you as a member of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition and we look forward to the work you will continue to do in order to reduce diesel emissions!

08.11.15

Fellow CCFC Stakeholders,

There is a saying "All good things must come to an end". Well this is the end of my involvement with CCFC. It is true. I will be leaving Duke Energy. My last day in the office will be August 11th. I will be moving to Memphis TN to take the position of Technical Trainer for the Freightliner truck dealer, TAG Truck Center. TAG has 22 dealer locations in 8 states & 240+ techs. They are also the selling dealer for FedEx & several other major national fleets.  

TAG has partnered with Mid-South Community College, Freightliner Corp, & several national truck fleets, to build an industry leading truck technician training program. Attached is copy of poster for the LEED Silver, Marion Berry Renewable Energy Center, in West Memphis AR. I will be employed by TAG Truck Center, but my work space is in this building at the college.     

There is a biodiesel & biomass fuel production training program in this building as well. I could not pass up this opportunity.  

I will surely miss being part of "what's happening" in Charlotte & the Carolinas. CCFC has been a major part of my work & professional life for 9+ years. I have enjoyed being part of this group & really hate to be leaving. Farewell for now.

Dave Navey

 

Thank you for being a great Chair, stakeholder, alt fuel enthusiast, resource, and friend. We wish you the best of luck. You will be missed.

05.21.15

In 2007, Mecklenburg County Air Quality initiated an air pollution control program called Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines or GRADE.  GRADE is designed to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), an ozone forming air pollutant, by providing businesses and organizations funding incentives to replace or repower heavy-duty non-road equipment with newer, cleaner, less polluting engines.  Since 2007, GRADE has funded 283 projects and awarded $5.13 million.  These projects have reduced 432 tons of ozone-forming NOx in the Charlotte region.

$500,000 is now available in reimbursements! This round of funding is specifically for publicaly and privately owned facilities that accept solid waste like:

  • municipal solid waste
  • construction and demolition debris
  • land clearing and inert debris
  • yard waste

Due Date: June 30, 2015

Eligible Projects: Equipment replacement or Equipment repower

Evaluation Based on:

  • Amount of nitrogen oxido pollution reduced
  • Cost per pound of nitrogen oxide pollution reduced
  • Amount of time spent in eligible region

Funds Reimbursement: 

  • Equipment Replacement- Up to 25% of cost
  • Equipment Repower- Up to 40% of cost

For more information, click HERE.

Please be in touch with CCFC staff:

  • Jason Wager 704.348.2707 jwager [at] centralina [dot] org;
  • Jessica Hill 704.3474710 jhill [at] centralina [dot] org;
  • Erika Ruane 704.688.6508 eruane [at] centralina [dot] org

if you have ideas related to this opportunity for projects in the Greater Charlotte Region.

 

05.13.15

The 2015 Clean Cities Region of Excellence Award is presented to the City of Concord for demonstrating leadership and excellence in clean transportation and fuel activities. Concord has recognized the environmental, economic, and national security benefits of reducing consumption of fossil fuels and has implemented programs and initiatives to lower their use of traditional transportation fuels. Through the Clean Fuels Advanced Technology (CFAT) grant, the City of Concord installed six publicly accessible Electric Vehicle charging stations throughout the City and two Ford Focus all-electric vehicles to replace older gasoline powered cars for City employee use. They also purchased a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) called the Firefly for their downtown parking enforcement officer to use. 

Concord’s desire to decrease their dependence on petroleum goes beyond alternative fuels. They have decreased their fuel usage for the past five consecutive years, even though they have increased miles-traveled due to growth. This is due to right-sizing their fleet, keeping the vehicles young and fuel efficient, and other out-of-the-box techniques. One such technique is using smaller scout vehicles to locate yard waste and bulky pick-up materials at the curb and track the locations using a GPS. This allows the larger, less fuel-efficient trucks to go directly to these pick-up locations without wasting fuel traveling around the entire city. Concord has also implemented a customer service center in the Police Department to take routine police reports over the phone, negating the need to dispatch an officer to take them. 

A congratulations and a thank you goes out to long time active Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition stakeholder, the City of Concord, for taking big steps forward in reducing petroleum dependence in unique ways that reduce costs and improve quality of life for their community.

A separate committee reviewed and selected the winner of the 2015 Clean Cities Region of Excellence Award. This committee included: Marcie Smith, CCFC Stakeholder (Gaston County Public Works), Megan Green, CCFC Stakeholder (Mecklenburg County Air Quality), and Dave Navey, CCFC Chair (Duke Energy). The Clean Fuels Coalition appreciates the work of this committee and thanks them for their time and participation in the awards program.

The CCFC would also like to recognize the runners-up, ReVenture Park and the Town of Matthews for the great work they're doing to reduce pertoleum dependence in the region!

04.01.15

CCFC will be awarding a stakeholder organization that has best demonstrated leadership and excellence in clean transportation and fuel activities through the Region of Excellence Award. The awardee will have recognized the environmental, economic and national security benefits of reducing consumption of fossil fuels while implementing programs and initiatives to lower their use of traditional transportation fuels. These activities include but are not limited to:

  • purchasing alternative fuel and/or fuel efficient vehicles
  • using alternative fuels in their fleet
  • implementing idle reduction policies
  • improving fleet fuel economy
  • partnering with fuel providers to expand alternative fuel availability
  • generally supporting and participating in current Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition/Clean Cities programs and priorities, etc.

Please find additional information and the application form here. The deadline for all submissions is Tuesday, April 21 2015. 

 

03.18.15

The Core-Stakeholder meeting held this past Wednesday was a great success. CCFC would like to thank everyone that attended the meeting as well as Megan Green of the Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency for her informative presentation on emerging air quality rules.  

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

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