Be sure to join us at our February 19th stakeholder meeting, focusing on Renewable Natural Gas! Please RSVP to Carina Soriano by clicking csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org (here).
On January 27-29th, Carina Soriano, CCFC's Co-Coordinator attended the Coordinator 101 training in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. This national exchange of ideas for consideration was a good chance to network and exchange best practices among new coalitions and coordinators with a few coordinators having prior experience to working with the Clean Cities program or similar industry. A few key efforts arose from the training that CCFC will focus on in 2020.
- stakeholder (re)-engagement, ensuring that we are listening to and assisting our stakeholders in their own projects as best as possible while adding to our stakeholder base;
- better concise and quicker communication about funding and research opportunities available from DOE and other sources;
- and finally potentially tackling more technical partnership projects, such as hosting or finding partners to host tech trainings, which has been identified as a need within our region.
This experience left Carina fired up and ready to tackle more for the CCFC and our stakeholders. If there is anything we can assist with, or you are interested in the tech trainings, please let us know! We want to know if there is a great enough need to move forward with this idea. Please contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org for further details.
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 2020 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Request for Applications is anticipated to open December 9th, 2019. There will be a webinar held on December 11th from 1-2pm ET for assistance and questions. The link to register for the webinar can be found here. Keep watching this page for additional updates.
September 18th saw the Greater Charlotte region's largest and most successful National Drive Electric Week event yet. Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition partnered with the City of Charlotte again to co-host the event on the Levine Avenue of the Arts. An estimated crowd of around 200 participants visited "Electric Avenue" to learn about the growing list of electric vehicles (EVs) available to the general public and to fleets as realistic alternatives to traditional gas and diesel vehicles. It was great to see our own Coordinator, Jason Wager discussing the CCFCs connections between many of the City of Charlotte and other fleets electrification efforts and projects.
We were thrilled to see many of our stakeholders among the crowded aisle of EVs-including Duke Energy; the City of Charlotte; Mecklenburg Air Quality Division; Central Piedmont Community College; Club Car; Chargepoint, Guardian Fueling Technologies, and Nissan, one of the event sponsors. Vehicles on display ranged from a heavy duty Club Car model, Tesla Model X, Ford Focus Electric, to the Plug-In Electric Pacifica Hybrid, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi Plug-In Electric Outlander to a staple Nissan Leaf, among many others.
Thank you to everyone who came out and especially to our co-hosts the City of Charlotte for helping make this event happen! The amount of sustainable transportation options continues to grow every year and promoting all options, from vehicles to electric bikes and scooters as environmentally and economically better choices makes more sense the longer we continue these kinds of events. If we didn't see you this year and you're interested in participating or perhaps exhibiting your own electric vehicle or alternative transportation options next year, please visit https://driveelectricweek.org/ and watch for the next Charlotte area event to be posted!
Questions or recommendations on how to make the event even bigger and better next year? Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org!
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 for two new, free webinars previewing some of the technologies and speakers that will be featured at the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference in Durham, NC, August 7-8 with pre-conference events August 6!
The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference provides an opportunity for fleet managers and transportation professionals to experience the latest vehicle technology, tools and resources designed to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. The event will include keynote presentations, 50+ speakers, breakout sessions, exhibit booths, indoor vehicle/equipment display, and networking.
Conference session topics include Electric Vehicles; Natural Gas; Propane; Biofuel Solutions; Electrification and the Grid; Telematics; Procurement Solutions; Infrastructure and Intelligent Solutions; Heavy Duty Vehicle Efficiency; Rural Fleet Operations; Idle Reduction; and Recruiting, Retention & Career Development. View the full agenda here.
Each webinar will feature different conference topics and speakers, who will give you a preview of what they'll cover at the event.
Register now here!
The application period for the first round of funding under the Volkswagen Settlement program opens today. For more info on applications for projects to be funded by VW Settlement click here
Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition had a great response when we co-hosted our Driving Electric: Adding EVs to your Fleet event with Advanced Energy on 5/30. CCFC was proud to be the location chosen and we had a packed house, even until lunch and the vehicle showcase after. Presenters provided valuable information on context for electric vehicles now, basics about them and the infrastructure that powers them. Other topics included the process of how fleets can go about adopting electric vehicles, ensuring employees understand how to use them and considerations for infrastructure citing among others. Presentations can be viewed below.
Even though the weather was hot, attendees stayed until well after the meeting, coming out for the vehicle showcase after the meeting. We had a great selection of viable fleet options available to view and car owners/dealers were engaged late into the lunch hour to share their experiences regarding driving and sometimes owning, electric vehicles. We want to express a big thank you to our co-hosts, Advanced Energy, as well as all the other partnerships through the coalition that made this event possible. Nissan, Plug-In NC, Duke Energy, Central Piedmont Community College Chargepoint, Guardian Fueling Technologies and the NC DEQ.
- Current EV Landscape - Jason Wager, CCFC
- Electric Vehicle Benefits & Availability - Jacob Bolin, Advanced Energy
- Electric Transportation - Marshall Rand, Duke Energy
Funding Options Available:
- VW Settlement; Diesel Bus & Vehicle Program: https://deq.nc.gov/node/87980
- VW Settlement; DC Fast Charge Program: https://deq.nc.gov/node/88133
- Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) grants via the NC Clean Energy Technology Center: https://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/our-work/center-projects/cfat-project-request-for-proposals-information/
- Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines (GRADE): https://www.mecknc.gov/LUESA/AirQuality/MobileSources/Pages/GRADE.aspx
- *PROPOSED* Duke Energy Electric Transportation Pilot - https://news.duke-energy.com/releases/duke-energy-proposes-76m-electric-transportation-program-in-north-carolina-southeasts-largest-utility-ev-initiative-yet
Questions, comments or concerns? Need help with creating/reviewing/applying for your project? Let us know. Contact Carina Soriano at csoriano [at] centralina [dot] org.