Centralina Updates | Dec. 2020
Highlights
  • NC VW Settlement Phase 1 Level 2 EV Chargers-RFP Opens Jan. 21st
  • NC VW Settlement Phase 1 Lvl 2 EV Chargers Webinar-Register here!
  • GRADE grants due 1/15/2021!

Centralina wishes you happy holidays and we look forward to working with you in 2021!
News & Updates
Level 2 EV Charging RFP & Webinar Announcements
State Hosting Webinar for Level 2 Charging Projects to be Funded by VW Settlement

On November 17, 2020, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Level 2 ZEV Infrastructure Rebate Program under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust. This RFP for the Level 2 ZEV Charging Infrastructure Program will assist interested parties in applying for funds using a first-come, first-served rebate process to install ZEV Level 2 charging infrastructure, as described in the North Carolina VW Mitigation Plan until all funds are exhausted. The primary goal is to increase use of ZEVs in place of gas-powered cars to mitigate nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions in the state. 

A second question and answer webinar will be held from 1pm – 2:30pm on January 13, 2021, for interested stakeholders and applicants. During this webinar, staff will answer questions regarding requesting new user access the DAQ Grants Management System, the Request for Proposals, Level 2 application, and required documentation.

NCDEQ anticipates awarding a total of approximately $1.1 million towards Level 2 charging infrastructure projects in Phase 1. Rebate applications will be prioritized by the urban-suburban/rural split described in the NC VW Mitigation Plan, with about 68% of the funds allocated for urban and suburban counties, and a minimum of 32% allocated for rural counties.
You may register from the link on the Level 2 Program webpage or here.
For additional information and documents regarding the RFP, please visit: https://deq.nc.gov/volkswagen-settlement/level-2. The recording of the Applicant Level 2 Webinar held on December 11, 2020, is now viewable on our webpage in the Workshop Documents tab.
President-Elect Biden pick of former Michigan Gov. Granholm for DOE head gain clean-energy groups approval

The new administration may attempt to boost the adoption of electric vehicles and Granholm is an ardent supporter. Full article available here.
NC EV License Plate Interest
Plug-In NC is gauging interest in another run at an EV specialty license plate. The plate design for the campaign is shown below.
They are not asking for full applications and checks just yet — they want to make sure there is enough support first. Eventually 500 orders will be needed to move forward, though, so please help them spread the word!
The base specialty plate will cost $10 per year (due in addition to regular license fees), and Plug-in NC has secured funding to cover the initial $10 base plate fee for the first 500 applicants. If you want a personalized version of the plate, it will cost another $30 (for a total of $40 annually).
Submit your information here to reserve your funding spot. As things move forward, Plug-In NC will contact you about completing a formal application to keep the process going.
If you have any questions, check out our FAQ page or contact Jacob Bolin, Advanced Energy project manager, at jbolin@advancedenergy.org or 919-857-9048.
President-Elect Biden to Nominate Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary
Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, 38, a Rhodes scholar and Afghanistan veteran, has been tapped to become President Elect Biden's Transportation Secretary. More on Buttigieg assisting with Biden's ambitious agenda to rebuild America's infrastructure and tackle climate challenges here.
NC Utility Regulators Approve $25 Million Duke Energy EV Pilot
Utility regulators in North Carolina have approved $25 million of a proposed Duke Energy electric vehicle pilot. While scaled down from the initial $76 million proposed, experts still agree this is the largest utility pilot in the Southeast yet! Program details and the full article are here.
Funding Opportunities
Grants to Replace Aging Diesel Engines (GRADE) Deadline Approaching (1/15/2021)!


Rebates for 25% - 50% of the cost to replace heavy-duty diesel vehicles and equipment operating in the Charlotte region are currently available. Applicants can request funding to purchase new, less polluting fuel technology such as electric, diesel, alternative fuel (LPG, CNG, LNG) and hybrid electric.
 Examples of eligible projects include:
Airport GSE Box trucks Bulldozers Compactors Dump trucks
Excavators Forklifts Grinders Pavers Roll-off trucks
Rollers Scrapers Semi-trucks Tractors Wheel loaders
AND MORE
Access project guidelines and the one-page application at www.GRADEplus.net
Vehicle Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2021
Research Funding

Concept Papers Due: 2/5/2021
Full Applications Due: 4/7/2021

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $60 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. This funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure transportation energy.

This opportunity is funded through the Office of Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy and seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: batteries and electrification; materials; technology integration and energy-efficient mobility systems; energy-efficient commercial off-road vehicle technologies; and co-optimized advanced engines. More information about this funding opportunity is available on DOE's website here.  
Upcoming Events
Webinar: How to Claim EV Charging Incentives In NC

This webinar, hosted by ChargePoint's Whitney Schmidt will provide the opportunity to learn about the following:
  • What grants, rebates and tax credits are available right now
  • Where to find incentives in your area
  • Why there’s never been a better time to invest in EV charging
Webinar: How to Claim EV Charging Incentives in N.C. 
Date: Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021  
Time: 11 AM ET
Duration: 1 hour
Timing doesn’t work? No problem. Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording to watch when you’re able. 
National Ethanol Conference 2021

The 26th annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC) is providing a much-needed opportunity to bring together the global community to connect on ethanol policy insights, technology innovations, emerging trade opportunities, and marketplace developments. The annual conference will feature a fully digital, interactive format for the first time ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital format will enable broad participation, provide attendees the flexibility to view content live in real-time or on-demand, and offer unique networking and business development opportunities.

Through the digital platform, NEC will continue to provide more networking opportunities among leading ethanol executives than any other industry event. Get your pass here now!
2021 Core Stakeholder Meeting Dates-Coming Soon!
For more information or to be involved, contact Carina Soriano at csoriano@centralina.org or 704-688-7035.
Annual Reporting for 2020
As a reminder, annual reporting is coming up! In 2021, our report will be due in April, later than previous years, so CCFC has additional time to gather information. Please expect a check-in note from Carina or Jason in the new year if you have previously provided us with information. Thank you in advance!
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