The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NC CETC) announces $1.3 Million to provide funding assistance for transportation related emission reduction projects.
Duke Energy is buying four high-efficiency, diesel-electric locomotives that are expected to cut by 75 percent the engine emissions tied to hauling coal at some of its large power plants.
Dukes started using the first engine at the Marshall Steam Station north of Charlotte in June. It has bought two additional locomotives- one for the Asheville Plant in Skyland and on for the Mayo Plant in Roxboro. A fourth locomotive will be purchased by the end of the year, Duke spokeswoman Lisa Parris says.
The LEAF engine built by RailServe uses a high-efficiency alternating-current generator that requires less horsepower from the diesel engine to provide the electricity that runs the trains ferrying coal from the plants' storage piles to the boilers.
Duke equipment specialist and CCFC chairman Dave Navey demonstrates the locomotive and describes how it works in the video below.
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition recently presented a workshop on the benefits of utilizing CNG for fleets at Southern Piedmont Community College. The workshop was attended by fleet users, local government officials, and other interested parties and was a great opportunity to spread information and success stories about CNG fleets.
Charlotte Solid Waste Services first started using two CNG refuse trucks in October 2010 through funding provided by CCFC and the Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative. In just their first year of use, fuel savings of over $42,000 were realized. Now, there are 10 CNG refuse trucks in the city’s fleet seeing an annual fuel savings of about $15,000 per truck. As a result, they are now working to build their own fueling station in the coming year.
“We’re keeping the City of Charlotte Clean and Green!”
- Kathy Sanders, Fleet Manager, City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services