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05.23.17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS CONTACT: Chris Hogan 202.545.4025, CHogan [at] growthenergy [dot] org

American Drivers Surpass 1 Billion Miles on Earth-kind, Engine-Smart E15 Saving up to $72 Million by End of 2017

Cleaner-burning, high-octane E15 has fueled more than 1 billion miles for American motorists around the country 

WASHINGTON, DC — American consumers have helped E15 – a fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline – reach a significant milestone. According to Growth Energy’s ongoing analysis of fuel sales and consumption data reported by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the United States have logged more than 1 billion miles on E15 – attesting to the fuel’s performance, safety, and value. The availability of E15 could save consumers up to $72 million by the end of 2017, based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data.

“American drivers are taking advantage of the proven performance, environmental benefits, and savings E15 provides,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “That’s why Congress should pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act and give drivers freedom to choose E15 year-round. This common-sense fix to the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) law will end confusing restrictions on retailers and allow consumers to choose a fuel that is kinder to the earth, good for their engines, and saves them up to 10 cents per gallon each trip to the pump in the summer.”

Growth Energy is proud to celebrate this milestone and highlight the value E15 delivers in terms of better performance, reduction of toxic emissions, and savings at the pump. Today, E15 is sold at more than 800 retail outlets across 29 states, and its availability continues to grow each day because 21st century drivers are demanding 21st century fuels.

The EPA approves E15 for use in any vehicle manufactured since 2001, which equates to 9 out of 10 cars on the road today. Automakers also approve E15 for use in nearly three-quarters of new cars.

 

05.22.17

Expect debate over how North Carolina should spend $92 million from automaker’s emission-cheating settlement. 
Posted by Catherine Clabby in North Carolina Health News.

Centralina staff and others from across the state weigh in on this potentially very impactful and impending funding opportunity.  Click here to read the full article.

 

05.10.17

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to award Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for Excellence in Clean Transportation and Clean Fuel Activities!


Patsy Kinsey (City of Charlotte Councilmember and Centralina Council of Government (CCOG) Chairperson), Chris Facente (CCFC Chairman & Automotive Supervisor at UNC-Charlotte), and Jason Wager (CCFC Coordinator and CCOG Planning Program Supervisor) are proud to recognize Bryan Steiner and CMS with an annual Region of Excellence Award at the May 2017 CCOG Board of Delegates meeting.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), through the leadership of Bryan Steiner, Construction Engineer and long-time stakeholder in the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, has made an effort in recent years to explore alternative fuels and clean transportation technologies.  Bryan researched and supported the purchase of 2 propane buses, 5 propane F550's, 5 propane bi-fuel E-350 vans, (via Roush CleanTech and Fontaine Modification) and 4 neighborhood electric vehicles (Club Car) by the Building Services and bus fleets at CMS.  These 16 alternative fuel vehicles displaced 12,750 gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) and reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by 15.4 tons in 2016.  In addition, CMS also has idle reduction and route optimization programs in place that have further displaced an estimated 180,454 gallons of petroleum in 2016 alone!

These alternatively fueled vehicles replaced older more polluting equipment, saving money on lower cost fuel, improving air quality, and reducing dependence on traditional petroleum.  The reduced PM and NOx emissions compared to the vehicles these replaced are of special interest given their constant operation around school children, one of the most vulnerable segments of the population from a health perspective.

CMS’s efforts to solve for fuel infrastructure location, permitting, and logistics, the purchasing and specifying of vehicle packages that could use alternative fuels while accomplishing the work required, and structuring a fueling contract with Amerigas, all helped to make the operational and financial case.  

Combined, these activities support the Clean Cities mission and illustrate a dedication and passion for making a difference for our children’s health and a more sustainable region now and in the future.

Special thanks to CCFC Award Committee members Chris Facente (UNC-Charlotte), Brian Funderburk (Amerigas), Megan Green (Mecklenburg County Air Quality), and Lang Reynolds (Duke Energy).



 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Propane Fueling demonstration led by Bryan Steiner of CMS during a CCFC Core Stakeholder meeting, January 2017 

05.09.17

Jason Wager, CCFC Coordinator, was recently mentioned in a Centralina Council of Government newsletter article for his election to serve on the National Clean Cities Coordinator Council. Click the following link to read the article titled "Centralina COG Staff Members Receive Recognition for Great Work Across the Region." 

 

03.28.17

The Spring 2017 Plug-in NC newsletter is here!  Plug-in NC has been working since 2011 to establish North Carolina as a leader in electrified transportation. Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition staff and stakeholders participate actively in this state-wide program that promotes electric vehicles through education and outreach, consulting and resource development, striving to provide a collaborative opportunity to work together to ensure a seamless integration of plug-in electric vehicles into our local communities. Click here to read more.

03.16.17

The Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan is here!

The plan is designed to identify methods of freight efficiency, which in effect will increase fuel efficiency. Over 77% of the region's freight tonnage is moved by truck. When we improve freight mobility and safety, it can reduce congestion and mitigate environmental impacts.
The project team will present the Freight Mobility Plan at the region’s transportation planning organization policy and program boards in the first quarter and then broader regional meetings with local government and economic development representatives in the spring. Please stay tuned for what’s next by checking the CCOG Freight webpage for details on upcoming meetings and events.

Click here to read the Freight Mobility Plan, located on the CCOG website.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, feel free to contact jhill [at] centralina [dot] org (Jessica Hill).

01.12.17

The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will provide approximately $75,000 for funding grant projects that reduce diesel emissions through the 2016 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant (DERG). Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to be considered. Please refer to the table below for information on the five acceptable project types:

Project Type Funding

Project Type

Grant Amount Paid

Replacement of diesel vehicle chassis and engine

25%

Idle reduction technology on unregulated or Tier 0 locomotives

40%

Repower of old chassis with new cleaner diesel engine

40%

Clean alternative fuel conversions, where the old chassis is retained but the engine is replaced or converted to an alternative fuel

40%

Retrofits (exhaust type, e.g. diesel particulate filter)

100%

For more information and links to the on-road and non-road applications, please visit http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-quality/mobile-source-emissions-reduction-grants.

 

 

 

01.05.17

1/5/17 Update: This incentive has now been extended through March 31, 2017.

The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is proud to bring you this great offer through our affiliation with Nissan and Plug-in NC

Effective December 15, 2016, Nissan North America offers special pricing to Plug-in NC Stakeholders, on the 100% Electric, Nissan LEAF.  This offer supports their commitment to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation.

For a limited time, Plug-in NC Stakeholders can use the organizations fleet incentive from Nissan, to purchase a Nissan LEAF, “America’s Best Selling Electric Vehicle”, at a substantial discount.  Currently the retail incentive is $4,000, but under this program Plug-in NC Stakeholders are eligible for a $10,000 rebate.  That’s 2 ½ times the rebate available to other retail customers.  Combined with the Federal EV Tax Credit of $7,500, Stakeholders enjoy net savings up to $17,500.

Both Plug-in NC and Nissan are committed to environmental sustainability and reducing greenhouse gases.  Key to this goal is limiting output from commuting and fleet operations.  Zero emissions vehicles, like the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, can play an important role, reducing 6 to 9 tons of CO2 annually for every gas engine car replaced.  That’s equal to planting 2,500 trees a year.  Already proven perfect for urban commuting, with low operating costs and superior reliability, an EV may well fit your lifestyle.

This special offer is available to Plug-in NC Stakeholders, and cannot be combined with any other Nissan fleet or retail offers.  This program is a limited time offer, and will likely conclude without advance notice.

$10,000 (Plug-in NC Rebate) + $7,500 (Federal EV Tax Credit)  = $17,500 (Net Savings)

Visit your local Nissan dealer today for details and provide them a copy of this announcement.

Fleet Code B62619

Questions? Contact Cornelius Willingham at 404-655-5370 or cornelius [dot] willingham [at] nissan-usa [dot] com or download this PDF for more information.

 

01.04.17

Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition staff and stakeholders have both benefitted from and supported Plug-in NC greatly in 2016.  Whether as a Plug-in NC Steering Committee member or as a 2016 Award Winner (UNC-Charlotte).  Plug-in NC's working groups, workshops, webinars, and events are expected to continue to elevate North Carolina's role as an EV leader nationally in 2017.

 

The 2016 annual report can be viewed by clicking here. 

12.16.16

We are proud to share that long time Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition stakeholder, Duke Energy, has just announced recipients under the "EV Charging Infrastructure Project," which includes new stations planned for almost 50 counties around North Carolina!  The $1 million project pays up to $5,000 for the purchase and installation of each charging port. That should cover the cost of the stations – depending on its proximity to existing electrical infrastructure. The project received overwhelming interest – with more than 500 charging stations requested from around the state.

"This project is a wonderful compliment to the past work of North Carolina's Clean Cities Coalitions, the Plug-in NC collaborative, stakeholders including Duke Energy, and many others on topics ranging from Electric Vehicle Readiness Planning to workshops and training offered to the many public and private sector organizations that are critical to the mass adoption of electric vehicle technology," said Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition Chairman, Chris Facente of UNC-Charlotte.  

To underscore the importance of this announcement, we have also recently learned, according to new data from Altman Vilandrie & Co.’s survey of more than 2,500 consumers, 60% of American drivers said they were unaware of electric cars, and 80% have never ridden in or driven one.  More information on this survey and its results are available here.

The full press release, the list of all recipients, and the number of stations awarded can all be accessed here.

To learn more about electric vehicle and charging iniatives in the Charlotte region or across the state, check out Plug-in NC or contact Jason Wager jwager [at] centralina [dot] org of the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition.

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