The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) has been in existence in the greater Charlotte region for over 10 years and was designated in April of 2004 in the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. The Coalition is a local effort of the Centralina Council of Governments, a state designated regional planning agency in North Carolina comprised of Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties.
The mission of the national Clean Cities program (locally represented by the CCFC) is to reduce petroleum dependence, improve air quality, and expand alternative fuel use and technology. The program promotes, accelerates, and expands the use of alternative fuels in the transportation sector. The US Department of Energy classifies the following fuels as “alternative fuels”: biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, methanol, natural gas, propane autogas, and solar energy. For more information, please visit the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) website.
Nationally, Clean Cities is a voluntary federal program designed to accelerate and expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) in communities throughout the country and to provide refueling and maintenance facilities for their operation. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Clean Cities program encourages local governments and organizations to form public-private partnerships in developing markets for AFVs. Clean Cities is founded on the principle that our nation’s objectives are best accomplished by motivated individuals working together for a common goal. Nationally, there are nearly 100 local coalitions and more than 8,400 stakeholders.
Some example projects and grants received include:
Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Planning and NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea.
Visit www.go4pev.org for more information.
- Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative. Clean Cities coalitions in North and South Carolina have engaged over 40 partners to participate in this grant to increase the availability of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles in the bi‐state project area. Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition is working with five partners in the Centralina region for a total of $6.7 million dollars in projects, including $2.1 million in grant requests. Once contracted, this project would provide $170,000 in project administration funding.
- Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT). In recent years, the NC Clean Energy and Technology Center at NC State University has been awarded two separate grants of $1.6 million and $1.0 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funding from NCDOT to reduce transportation related emissions in counties that do not meet national air quality standards. The program covers three broad areas: education and outreach, recognition of exemplary activities, and project funding. For outreach activities in the Greater Charlotte Region, CCFC staff will receive a total of $97,000 over approximately a 5 year period.
- Truckstop Electrification. The Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) project at the Derrick Travel Center (exit 71) on I‐85 in Rowan County includes 44 TSE parking spaces equipped with electricity that trucks can plug‐in to, which allows trucks to have heat, air, cable and/or internet without continuous engine idling. This project will have a significant impact on the region’s air quality. Construction costs of about $775,000 were paid by $356,000 in CMAQ (NCDOT) funds, $100,000 from EPA, and the remainder from the TSE vendor as match funds. Clean Cities program support funds have allowed CCFC staff to provide project management and oversight.