December Newsletter
We wish our sponsors, stakeholders, fleets and vendors Happy Holidays and we'll see you in the New Year! Check out our upcoming events in 2020 you won't want to miss!
Upcoming Events
Energy Independence Summit 2020
Energy Independence Summit 2020 is the nation’s premier clean transportation policy summit. CCFC is offering reimbursement for registration for stakeholders who wish to attend. Interested? contact Carina Soriano at or 704-688-7035.
February 10th - 12th, 2020
Green Truck Summit and Work Truck Show
Come join the Clean Cities program at the Work Truck Show and Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana
March 3rd - 6th, 2020
The ACT Expo is the largest advanced transportation technology and clean fleet event in North America.
May 12-13, 2020
2020 Core Stakeholder Group Meeting Dates
Sustainable Fleet Technology Expo 2020
North Carolina's focused showcase of the latest and greatest opportunities for biofuel, electric, natural gas, and propane fuels, technology and infrastructure.
August 26 & 27, 2020
Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition
The Electrification Int'l Conference & Expo gathers business, policy, government and academic leaders as well as vendors and partners to further the conversation about electrification's role in enhancing efficiencies and benefiting the environment within the framework of decarbonization and global sustainability.
April 6th - 9th, 2020
Funding Opportunities
2020 DERA Request for Applications
EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in competitive grant funding under the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) National Grants Program. The program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 26th by 11:59pm.
FY2020 Advanced Vehicle Tech Research Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Dept of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has released a notice of intent to issue a "Fiscal Year 2020 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA" that will support the growth of advanced vehicle technologies to strengthen national security, economic growth and increase the affordability of transportation for Americans. Potential project topics may include:
  • Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS)
  • Gaseous Fuels Technology Demonstration Projects
  • Alt Fuel Proof-of-Concept in New Communities and Fleets Projects
  • EV and Charging Community Partner Projects
  • Technology Integration-Open Topic
  • And more!
This FOA is schedule to be posted to the US Dept of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Exchange website in January or February 2020. The entire Notice of Intent is available here:
Industry News
Transportation Demand Management
Transportation demand management (TDM) aims to redistribute and reduce demand on existing transportation infrastructure by utilizing multiple strategies that enhance mobility. Some strategies under that goal include increasing dependency on mass transit systems, building bicycle-available pathways, and ensuring bike-friendly storage areas.
Transportation Energy Data Book (TEDB) Update
Petroleum exports were 7.59 million barrels/day in 2018. Exports include crude oil and petroleum products, with each reaching all-time highs in 2018. An increase in U.S. crude oil production combined with the lifting of a crude oil export ban were likely contributors to the export increase.
US Gain to purchase RNG from Brightmark Energy
U.S. Gain announced earlier this month it has reached an agreement to purchase dairy-based renewable natural gas (RNG) from Brightmark Energy, which has announced its investment in bio-gas projects at dairy farms in Wisconsin, Washington and New York.
Kansas City, MO to eliminate transit fares
Kansas City, MO is a step closer to eliminating transit fares, following the city council unanimously approving a transit priority policy  ordinance . It contains a provision instructing the city manager to include a funding request in the next fiscal year budget to make fixed-route public transportation free within the city. 
Indiana Cleans up with Natural Gas Trucks
Learn how the city of Hobart, Indiana, supports its growing fleet of compressed natural gas trucks.
Local News
Way2Go CLT is now ShareTheRide NC
Starting January 1st, Way2Go CLT will transition to ShareTheRide NC. Users will be able to log in and earn rewards for alternative commutes; however, it will be on a new platform and app. All data, trips logged and account information will be switched over automatically to the new system.  Download the new app, STRNC for Apple and STRNC for Android , by January 1, 2020 to make the transition.
NC EV License Plate
Plug-In NC  is working to increase awareness and support of electric vehicles in our state with a special EV license plate (shown right). For the license plate to be considered by the DMV and General Assembly, they need 500 paid in advance applications by  February 1, 2020 . If you would like the standard special plate, it will cost only $10, and for an additional $30, your message can be personalized. All applicants will be refunded in full if the 500 minimum is not achieved, so don't wait! 
Year-in Review
National Drive Electric Week
Regional Transit Plan
Open Streets 704
Carina Soriano [CCFC]
Executive Order 80 Transportation Demonstration Day
Connected Autonomous Vehicle Task Force
Rail Project - Walk and Bike Audit
November Core Stakeholder Meeting; L to R: Carina Soriano [CCFC], Dylan Kyle [ Roush Propane],  Lisa McAbee [McAbee Trucking], and Steve Whaley [Propane Education Research Council]. 
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