Over $300,000 awarded for transportation-related emission reductions
Raleigh, N.C. (May 20, 2015) – The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) today announced the results of a 2015 call for projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The $6.2 million initiative, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). The CFAT project operates in counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air as transportation-related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality concerns. With this announcement, more than $300,000 in federal funding is being awarded for eight projects to a variety of public and private entities that will provide over $250,000 in cost share.
The diverse range of awards include the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle conversions, CNG vehicle purchases and LPG refueling equipment. In all, 45 alternative fuel vehicles will be supported with this round of funding.
These projects will take place in several of the highest emissions-producing counties in the state, including Wake, Durham and Mecklenburg Counties. Funding assistance will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80 percent of the project cost. Taken as a whole, the projects will remove nearly 1.4 metric tons of pollutants annually. This reduction in pollutants is approximate to removing 18 passage vehicles from North Carolina roads.
“We are thrilled to continue helping to support projects that promote clean transportation throughout North Carolina, as we hope our impact will further encourage others to focus on alternative fuels,” said Steve Kalland, executive director of NCCETC.
This is the third round of N.C. DOT funding available through the CFAT project. From 2006 to 2014, nearly $5.5 million was distributed for more than 70 projects. The current CFAT project runs through April 2016 as NCCETC anticipates applying to the N.C. DOT for continued support for the federal fiscal years 2016 to 2017.
NCCETC recently announced the formation of a clean transportation coordinating committee that will facilitate collaboration among industry, academia, state government and advocacy organizations to further its mission in promoting clean fuels. The committee is part of the CFAT project and will hold its first meeting on May 20. Click here for a list of 2015 CFAT award winners.
About the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the Center, visit: http://nccleantech.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCCleanTech
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