Program Overview













Overview & Staff

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The mission of the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s Clean Transportation Program is to increase the use of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. Working with government, non-profits and businesses, the Clean Transportation team is helping diversify fuel supplies and support cleaner, more vibrant local and state economies. The end result – cleaner air and greater energy security.

The Clean Transportation Program is funded through a small state appropriation, grants and fee-for-service projects. Clean transportation projects support the expanded use of fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, natural gas, and propane, as well as advanced transportation technologies and policies that reduce emissions and fuel consumption.  Education and outreach are provided through events, collaborative funding opportunities, meetings, and shared news items, research results, and resource materials.

There are many ways for you to get involved in expanding the use of clean transportation technologies in North Carolina, whether you area fleet manager, local government official, business owner, educator, or concerned citizen.

Clean Transportation Staff

Allison Carr

Clean Transportation Specialist
Phone: 919-515-9781

John Bonitz

Clean Transportation Specialist
Phone: 919-515-5689

Heather Brutz

Clean Transportation Program Finance & Operations Manager
Phone: 919-515-0277

Richard Sapienza

Clean Transportation Program Director
Phone: 919-515-2788





Current & Past Projects

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The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s Clean Transportation program propels the development, awareness, and use of alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies. In addition to our own projects, we have also been successful at securing funding to pass on to other organizations in the state to purchase clean transportation vehicles, build  alternative fuel infrastructure, and utilize mobile emissions reduction technologies. We also organize and conduct workshops, meetings and conferences   on ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, fuel economy, idle reduction and related clean transportation topics.


Current projects:


Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project (CFAT) is funded by the N.C. Department of Transportation, is focused on reducing transportation related emissions in NC counties that do not meet national air quality standards. It covers education/outreach, project funding, and recognition of exemplary activities.



Completed Projects:

Alternative Fuel Implementation Team (AFIT) was a two year initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy to enhance implementation of alternative fuel in North Carolina and neighboring states.


Carolina Blue Skies

CBS was a bi-state effort led by Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG). The overall goal was to reduce depending on imported petroleum, increase fleet fuel economy, reduce emissions, improve air quality and create and retain jobs in North and South Carolina. The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, along with the Centralina Council of Governments, Land of Sky Council of Governments, and South Carolina State Energy Office worked with TJCOG to implement over 50 sub-award projects in North and South Carolina:

• 17 E85 and 10 B20 public fueling stations
• 5 E85 and 14 B20 shared private stations for government and private fleets
• 11 CNG stations accessible to the public and private fleets, 10 new 10 CNG vehicles, 39 CNG conversions on existing vehicles
• 9 LPG stations accessible to the public and private fleets, 355 LPG conversions of existing vehicles
• 112 electric charging stations accessible to public and private fleets, 24 NEV purchases
• 46 hybrid light-duty gasoline vehicles, 10 hybrid heavy-duty diesel vehicles.


Petroleum Displacement Plan & Related Clean Transportation Initiatives

A report that covers the progress on the state fleet Petroleum Displacement Plan provision. PDP Reports are available in PDF format below:


Plug In Electric Vehicle Planning Project

This project was a one-year project that resulted in a Plug In Electric Vehicle ( PEV) roadmap to facilitate  electric vehicle adoption in North Carolina.


Clean Transportation Education project (CTEP)

The Clean Transportation Education ( CTEP)  project  was  a 2-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to provide 36 alternative-fuel and advanced-transportation workshops across the United States. The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center  partnered with Wake Technical Community College, Clean Cities Coalitions and industry partners to conduct l ½ day workshops in the following four subject areas: Biodiesel, Ethanol, Compressed Natural Gas / Propane, Fuel Economy / Idle Reduction.


Alternative Fuel Incentives Project

This program provided ten awards totaling $98,000 between the fall of 2004 and the spring of 2005 to Universities and Community Colleges, government fleets, public service stations, etc. for projects that included biomass, electric vehicles and charging stations, and compressed natural gas.


Mobile Idle Reduction Technology

The Center was awarded funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work with a Volvo Trucks, NA  to develop and test the effectiveness of Truck OEM designed mobile idle reduction technology (MIRT) prep kits and auxiliary power units. Soy Biodiesel Marketing and Research project with the N.C. Soybean Producers Association  promoted the use of biodiesel and bioheat as renewable and cleaner fuels for our vehicles and homes, and evaluated the most effective marketing strategies for these products including billboards and brochures.