Looking Ahead | Aug/Sept 2020
Highlights
News & Updates
October 9th Utility Perspective Webinar!
NC Governor Signs EV Medium- and Heavy-duty MOU
Mid-July, fifteen states plus DC committed to achieving 100% tailpipe pollution-free electric trucks and buses by 2050. These states account for 35% of the nations' medium and heavy-duty fleets, making this the largest-ever state partnership to slash vehicle pollution. North Carolina is the only Southeast MOU signatory, reflecting Governor Roy Cooper’s climate and clean energy leadership. Want to know more? Our partners at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy wrote an informative blog post, available here: https://cleanenergy.org/blog/north-carolina-joins-the-largest-ever-state-partnership-to-slash-vehicle-pollution/
NC VW Settlement Phase 1 Awards Announced!
On July 29th, the NC DEQ announced the Phase 1 Awards of North Carolina's beneficiary mitigation plan from the VW Settlement. The plan involves investing in five different programs with an overall goal of reducing harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions significantly across the state. The five programs include the school bus replacement, transit bus replacement, clean heavy-duty-on-road equipment, clean heavy-duty off-road equipment, and the Zero Emission Vehicle infrastructure programs.  

Centralina is pleased to see eight (8) of our nine (9) counties awarded funding for new, lower-polluting vehicles during Phase 1. Between Lincoln, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Iredell, Rowan, Cabarrus, Union, and Anson counties, a total of 43 new vehicles will be funded, including six (6) new electric school and transit buses. These new vehicles will reduce NOx emissions by approximately 7.8 annual tons throughout the lifetimes of the vehicles in the greater Charlotte region. 

Centralina staff co-hosted regional workshops for preparation and assisted in applications to garner up to a total of $6,5141,633 in awarded funds. Additionally, four (4) of our counties were awarded a total of six (6) electric vehicle chargers from the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program which awarded a total of roughly $403,261. 

Congratulations to each of the settlement awardees! Centralina continues to be your fleet or municipality’s resource for assistance for applications in Phase 2 when announced. The Level 2 Charging request for proposals will be released soon, so stayed connected with Centralina, or visit https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-and-air-quality/volkswagen-settlement for more information. 
Reminder: NCDAQ DERA Funding Available!
The North Carolina Division of Air Quality is accepting proposals to fund clean diesel projects. More than $616,000 is available for eligible projects through the Mobile Source Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program. The grants can be used to cover a wide range of projects including repowering non-road construction or agricultural equipment with cleaner burning engines, converting vehicles to run on alternative fuels and repowering a locomotive.

Individuals, businesses and organizations from the public and private sector are eligible to apply. The division will prioritize funding for non-road equipment projects, but proposals for on-road and locomotive projects will be considered if funding is available.

Applications must be received through the North Carolina Division of Air Quality’s Grant Management System no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 30, 2020 to be considered. More information on eligible projects and application instructions is available online at http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-quality/mobile-source-emissions-reduction-grants.

The 2019/2020 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. The purpose of DERA funding is to support projects designed to achieve significant diesel emissions reductions.

For more information about the Mobile Sources Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant program, please visit the state Division of Air Quality’s website at: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/motor-vehicles-air-quality/mobile-source-emissions-reduction-grants or via e-mail at daq.mscb.ncdaqgrants@ncdenr.gov.
Upcoming Events
National Drive Electric Week 2020
We love participating in and hosting events for National Drive Electric Week, but with COVID-19 still affecting our state and nation, we’re trying something different this year. Advanced Energy is going to be taking their Chevrolet Bolt EV (recently named Wattson!) on a weeklong road trip throughout eastern North Carolina and parts of Virginia.
The aim of this road trip is to travel to places with less charging infrastructure and share their experiences — both thrilling and challenging — with others. Will range be a concern? What activities or sights to see are there while waiting to charge?
You can read about their driver here and keep up with the trip by following them on social media (TwitterFacebookInstagram), where we’ll be providing regular updates. The adventure begins this Sunday, September 27!
2020 Core Stakeholder Meeting Dates
For more information or to be involved, contact Carina Soriano at csoriano@centralina.org or 704-688-7035. Thank you for attending our August meeting and follow-up information will be sent out shortly.
ACT Virtual Conference Sessions Being Held Now!
Don't forget to register for the ACT virtual conference 2020! The options of 5 different tracks focus on everything from battery technology to eliminating port drayage emissions to alternative fuel investment across the country and everything in between. More information available here: https://www.act-virtual.com/agenda.
Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference 2020
The 4th annual Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference has gone virtual! The SFT Conference will now be a series of webinars held from July until December. Make sure you don't miss a variety of topics, from gaseous fuel trends to idle reduction!
The conference provides an opportunity for fleets and transportation professionals to experience the latest vehicle technology, tools, and resources designed to increase efficiency and reduce emissions.
Making Energy Work Virtual Conference 2020
This event is where energy policy gets to work.
This event is happening at a pivotal moment for North Carolina’s energy landscape. 
This event is a must-attend event for industry leading influencers.
This event is for businesses. 
This event is for policymakers. 
This event is for educators and students. 
This event is for you.
Now a Virtual Experience! Be sure not to miss the webinar series!
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