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Clean Transportation Public Education Campaign Launched

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by shannonhelm No Comments

 

For Immediate Release

December 18th, 2013

 

Program aims to reduce transportation related emissions

 

Raleigh, N.C. – Seven  billboard designs  were unveiled on December 18th  as part of   a two year educational campaign that will include a minimum of 130 outdoor advertising displays to be placed in the 24 North Carolina counties with air pollution concerns  related to  national ambient air quality standards. The N.C. Solar Center, working with the N.C. Outdoor Advertising Association, is conducting the campaign to raise awareness about opportunities to decrease transportation related emissions through alternative fuels, efficiency and conservation.  N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata was a featured speaker along with Representative Nelson Dollar and Senator Josh Stein at the event.
North Carolinians with diabetes, cardio-vascular and lung disease, along with the young and old are especially sensitive to the effects of poor air quality.  Alternative fuels and smart travel options, including bicycle and pedestrian opportunities are transportation technology solutions that reduce emissions and support fuel conservation and diversity. They can also help save drivers money. “Public awareness and education are essential to our efforts to reduce transportation-related emissions across the state,” said Tata. “This billboard campaign helps reach motorists while they are actually driving to encourage them to take steps toward implementing clean transportation.”

The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the N.C. Department of Transportation and partners, is organizing the public education media campaign that includes outdoor advertising and other print and electronic media as part of the $6.2 M Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project. CFAT is focused on reducing transportation related emissions in NC counties that do not meet national air quality standards. The three year project covers education/outreach, sub-award funding to purchase clean transportation technology, and recognition of exemplary activities.

Click here to learn more and review all the billboard designs.

 

About the NC Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar 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 N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

 

 

 Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Project Contact: Anne Tazewell, N.C. Solar Center, 919-513-7831anne_tazewell@ncsu.edu

Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project Funding Announced

Posted on: November 14th, 2013 by shannon No Comments
Over $1,700,000 awarded for transportation-related emission reductions

 

Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University has announced the results of its 2013 call for projects under the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. This $6.2 million initiative is supported through federal funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT).  The N.C. Solar Center anticipates conducting another request for proposal process in early 2014.

Over 30 technology project proposals, requesting over $3.75 million, were submitted to the N.C. Solar Center for consideration. With this announcement, over $1.725 million in federal funding is being awarded for eighteen projects to a variety of public and private organizations. The diverse range of awards include seven projects that involve electric vehicle charging stations, four compressed natural gas (CNG) and four propane (LPG) projects, two projects involving on-board vehicle idle reduction and telematics technology,  one project with three biodiesel refueling infrastructure sites, and a clean diesel locomotive project. In all, over 275 vehicles will be outfitted with alternative fuel or advanced technology for fuel savings and reduced emissions, and 21 electric vehicle recharging stations will be installed along with six alternative fuel refueling stations including stations dispensing biodiesel, CNG, and LPG. Taken as a whole, the projects will remove nearly 60 metric tons of pollutants annually from the air in counties not meeting air quality standards.

This is the fourth round of DOT funding available through the CFAT project. From 2006-2012 nearly $2.2 million was distributed for 47 projects to a variety of entities. The CFAT project, funded by federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds, 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, and transportation related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality problem.

Funding assistance will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80% of the project cost. “We are pleased that the eighteen awardees are collectively providing almost 60% of total project costs, thereby helping stretch federal dollars to provide more air quality benefits,”  said Anne Tazewell, Transportation Program Manager at the N.C. Solar Center. The projects will reduce transportation-related emissions within 15 of the 24 eligible NC counties. For education and outreach regarding alternative fuel and fuel conservation technologies and policies, the N.C. Solar Center has partnered with Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. 

A full list of awardees can be found by clicking here.

 

About the N.C. Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar 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 N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by shannon

 

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Save the Date!
October 22-24, 2014
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC

 

The Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo will provide the opportunity for education and networking among fleet managers, industry experts and other decision makers. Presentations and breakout sessions will focus on alternative fuels and fleet efficiency options covering technical details, policies and programs as well as successful fleet implementation stories. Attendees will also gain hands-on experience with the technologies and one-on-one discussion with the nation’s leading technology providers at the Exposition and Ride-and-Drive events. The NC Solar Center will be hosting the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo with support from the NC Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Energy and in partnership with the three North Carolina Clean Cities Coalitions and five neighboring state Clean Cities Coalitions.

 

Join us October 22-24, 2014 at the Raleigh Convention Center to learn how clean transportation is…
Driving the New Economy!

 

 

For more information:
www.altfuelsconference.org
cleantransportation@ncsu.edu
(919) 513?7831

 

Emergency Preparedness Meets Alternative Fuels in First Responder Training

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University hosted a two-day training workshop for area first responders as part of the Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative.  The workshop was held September 17th and 18th on the N.C. State University campus.  The objective was to give area emergency response personnel the opportunity to familiarize themselves with, understand the potential hazards unique to, and learn some of the specialized emergency procedures associated with the growing number of alternative fuel vehicles and stations that they may encounter throughout the area. Attendance each day exceeded 50 participants with emergency response personnel coming from as far away as the Piedmont Triad area and the North Carolina coast. In attendance was Robert Shuler Engineering Liaison for the N.C. Department of Insurance and State Fire Marshalls office who noted, “The information presented was excellent.  A lot of the facts were clearly presented and myths dispelled.”

Led by Rich Cregar, an instructor and vehicle technician with over 25 years of  alternative fuels experience,  the workshop was a combination of classroom and hands-on learning with a static vehicle review each day that included propane, natural gas, biodiesel, electric hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid, hydraulic hybrid and electric vehicles. Additional support was provided by Wilson and Nash Community College Fire and Emergency Programs instructors. Both the classroom and vehicle review portions were filmed for future use. “ We intend to work with the State Fire Marshall’s office and N.C. State’s Distance Education Learning Technologies program to package the two-day training  in modular sections  to be posted online, so that emergency personnel can benefit from the training from their desk,”  said Rick Sapienza, workshop lead for the N.C. Solar Center.

The Carolina Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, deployed more than 500 alternative fuel vehicles and commissioned more than 140 alternative fueling sites throughout North and South Carolina. The N.C. Solar Center was a principle partner to the project lead by the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition at Triangle J Council of Governments.

 

About the North Carolina Solar Center:

The North Carolina Solar 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 visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact:

Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Raleigh to convert more police cars to propane

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

RALEIGH — The city will more than double the number of police vehicles that run on propane, after a two-year test of the cleaner, less-expensive fuel proved successful.

The City Council voted this week to spend $195,000 to convert 30 police vehicles to propane, on top of the 20 patrol cars that already use the fuel.

Those 20 cars are used in the police department’s North District, based on Six Forks Road, where officers have found that the propane performs just as well as gasoline, said Capt. Doug Brugger, district commander.

“It has become so commonplace here, it’s not even an issue,” Brugger said. “The guys don’t even give it any thought.”

But with propane costing less than half as much as gasoline per gallon, the cars have made a difference in the city’s fuel bill. The Raleigh Police Department has used about 92,000 gallons of propane since the test program began in 2011, Brugger said, saving about $126,000 in fuel.

In addition, the city has received a 50-cent-per-gallon federal incentive that has added up to an additional $46,000 windfall for the city, he said.

The city converted the first 10 Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars to propane starting in May 2011 and added 10 a year later. Federal grants paid the $117,000 cost of those conversions, according to the city.

Clean, cheap and U.S.-made

The federal government encourages propane in part because of the pollution benefits. Propane releases 20 to 40 percent less carbon monoxide and about 80 percent less particulate matter than gasoline, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy.

In addition, the vast majority of propane is produced domestically, reducing reliance on imported fuel.

The converted Raleigh police cars are capable of burning both gasoline and propane. The propane tanks are made of quarter-inch steel, Brugger said, making them less vulnerable to puncture than gasoline tanks.

Officers start a cold car with gasoline but switch to propane when the engine warms up and run with propane for the rest of their shift, Brugger said. In emergencies, such as a hurricane, the cars can use both fuel tanks and run for 36 to 40 hours without refueling, according to the city.

The $195,000 approved by the council is already included in the police department budget. It will cover not only the conversion of the vehicles but also installation of storage and maintenance equipment.

 

Raleigh News & Observer

N.C. Solar Center receives $6.2 Million grant for air quality solutions in North Carolina

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

Energy Award Supports North Carolina Alternative Fuel Efforts

RALEIGH, N.C.– The North Carolina Department of Transportation is supporting efforts led by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University to reduce transportation related emissions with a three-year $6,200,000 award for the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT 2013-15 project is the third phase of an initiative that began in 2006 and was previously administered with $3,000,000 in state and federal funding.

The CFAT project focuses on improving air quality in the 24 North Carolina counties that are in non-attainment or maintenance status for national air quality standards. The project centers around three primary activities: education and outreach, emission reduction sub-awards and recognition of exemplary efforts among fleets and organizations that implement clean transportation-related policies and practices. Phase three of the project will include the following new components:

  • A public education campaign, using billboards and other related media such as radio, television and social media;
  • The establishment of a technical advisory committee to develop clean transportation training activities;
  • The creation of a state-wide green fleet program to enhance opportunities for continuing expansion of clean transportation policies and practices.

 

The grant awarded to the N.C. Solar Center is funded with federal dollars through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program that is administered annually by NCDOT.  CMAQ funds support projects that improve air quality by reducing transportation-related emissions. The most recent federal transportation funding bill, MAP-21, places new emphasis on the use of CMAQ funds for electric and natural gas  infrastructure  along with diesel engine retrofits and other efforts that reduce fine particle pollution.

The majority of federal CMAQ funding supporting the CFAT project is budgeted for sub-award projects that will be allocated through an annual call for project process. Over $4,000,000 is budgeted for eligible CMAQ technologies, such as vehicle and refueling/recharging equipment for biodiesel and E85 (a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), electric vehicles, natural gas and propane in public and private sector fleets. Diesel retrofits and idle reduction technologies are also eligible for funding support of up to 80% of project costs

The CFAT project intends to continue successful partnerships with Centralina and Triangle J Council of Governments (COGs) through the Centralina Clean Fuels and Triangle Clean Cities coalitions, as well as expand education and outreach efforts to the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and Upper Coastal Plain and Ker-Tarr COGs. “NCDOT’s funding will significantly expand education, outreach and deployment of alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology to help reduce transportation-related emissions in effected counties ”, said Anne Tazewell, clean transportation manager at the N.C. Solar Center.

 

About the North Carolina Solar Center:

The North Carolina Solar 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 visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Natural gas becomes a fuel for the long haul

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

Truckers, UPS join the lot choosing cleaner, cheaper path

 

The natural gas boom has already upended the American power industry, displacing coal and bringing consumers cheaper electricity.

Now the trucking industry, with its millions of 18-wheelers moving products like potato chips, deodorant and copy paper around the country, is taking a leap forward in switching from petroleum to cleaner-burning natural gas. And if natural gas remains cheap, consumers may benefit again.

This month, Cummins, a leading engine manufacturer, began shipping big, new engines that make long runs on natural gas possible. A skeletal network of refueling stations at dozens of truck stops stands ready. Major shippers like Procter & Gamble, mindful of both fuel costs and green credentials, are turning to companies with natural gas trucks in their fleets.

And in the latest sign of how the momentum for natural gas in transportation is accelerating, United Parcel Service announced last week that it is expanding its fleet of heavy 18-wheel vehicles running on liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to 800 by the end of 2014, from 112. The vehicles will use the new Cummins engines, produced under a joint venture with Westport Innovations.

UPS, like the rest of the industry, still has a long way to go in the conversion, but the company hopes to make natural gas vehicles a majority of its new heavy truck acquisitions in two years. The company is benefiting from incentives provided by various states and the federal government, which offer tax credits and grants for installing natural gas fuel stations and using vehicles fueled by natural gas.

“By us doing this it will help pave the way and others will follow,” said Scott Wicker, chief sustainability officer at UPS. “Moving into LNG is a means to get us onto what we see as the bridging fuel of the future and off of oil. It’s the right step for us, for our customers and for our planet.”

The move could also cut the country’s oil import bill. Right now, about 8 million heavy and medium-weight trucks consume 3 million barrels of oil a day while traveling the nation’s highways. That is nearly 15 percent of the total national daily consumption and the equivalent of three-fourths of the amount of oil imported from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Roughly two-thirds of the diesel used as transportation fuel nationwide feeds 3 million 18-wheelers, the main trucks hauling goods over long distances.

 

A slow transition

In the last four years, the natural gas shale drilling boom has produced a glut of inexpensive fuel, leading producers to argue that the country should wean its commercial and municipal transportation systems from a dependence on imported oil to domestically produced natural gas.

Waste Management driver Alan Sadler fills his truck with CNG gas at the company's filling station in Washington, Pa., last November. Some predict that years from now, motorists needing a fill-up might see natural gas pumps sharing space at the neighborhood filling station with ones dispensing gasoline and diesel.

 

It is cheaper, saving truckers as much as $1.50 a gallon, and it burns cleaner, making it easier to meet emissions standards. The domestic fuel also provides some insulation from the volatile geopolitics that can drive up petroleum prices.

Still, manufacturers and fleet owners have been slow to switch, partly because natural gas vehicles can cost almost twice as much as conventional trucks and because only a few gasoline stations have the specialized equipment needed to dispense the fuel.

Now, as name-brand manufacturers and chains like Nike and Wal-Mart have pressed for transportation of their goods by natural gas vehicles and companies like UPS, FedEx and Ryder System have started exploring the option, truck makers have begun bringing natural gas vehicles to the market. Major manufacturers, including Navistar and Volvo, have plans to offer long-haul natural gas vehicles.

Clean Energy Fuels – a company backed by the financier T. Boone Pickens and Chesapeake Energy – has peppered major routes with 70 stations, many at truck stops operated by Pilot Flying J. (The truck-stop company, whose chief executive is Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns, is separately under investigation for potential rebate fraud.)

Clean Energy has plans to complete 30 to 50 more by the end of the year. Shell has an agreement to build refueling stations at as many as 100 TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers while ENN, a privately held Chinese company, hopes to build 500 filling stations as well.

 

Place to fuel few

That emerging network “really has changed the interplay between the shippers and the contracted carriers,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, Clean Energy’s chief executive. “The whole deal’s beginning to change.”

Though the network is growing rapidly, it has a long way to go. As of May 2012, only 53 LNG fueling stations were in the United States, more than two-thirds concentrated in California, along with 1,047 compressed natural gas stations around the country, according to the Energy Department. In comparison, there were 157,000 fueling stations selling gasoline.

Vehicle use of natural gas in the United States is still negligible but it has been growing. Among fleets whose vehicles travel shorter routes, like transit buses, refuse haulers and delivery trucks, use of compressed natural gas is much further along. Last year, more than half of newly purchased garbage trucks ran on compressed natural gas.

The federal Energy Information Administration last year projected that if enough LNG filling stations were built and economic conditions were right, sales of heavy-duty natural gas vehicles could increase to 275,000 in 2035, equivalent to 34 percent of new vehicle sales, from 860 in 2010. But estimates vary.

Citigroup recently forecast that 30 percent of the heavy truck fleet would shift to natural gas by the end of the decade, but some in the transportation industry put that figure much lower.

 

A ‘chicken-and-egg dilemma’

One obstacle is cost. There are some tax incentives, and the Obama administration funneled stimulus money to various projects. ENN, the Chinese company, for instance, has teamed up with a small company now operating as Blu in Utah that used federal stimulus money to help open a natural gas fueling station in Salt Lake City in 2011.

But industry executives say that the incentives are not enough to get the system going and solve what Bill Logue, chief executive of the FedEx Freight Corp., called the “chicken-and-egg dilemma” of which comes first, the trucks or the stations.

“We believe that public policy supporting the development of natural gas infrastructure is critical and should be prioritized,” he said in an email message. “Individual drivers and private companies cannot realistically be expected to resolve the dilemma themselves.”

Another issue arises alongside the very appeal of the fuel: its low price. Because natural gas is in demand to meet so many different energy needs – including industrial electricity and home heating – prices could rise, as they have in recent months, especially if the Obama administration begins approving the fuel for export to countries where gas commands a much higher price, as some producers and lawmakers are pressing the Energy Department to do.

 

By Diane Cardwell and Clifford Krauss — New York Times

N.C. Solar Center awards grant to the City of Rocky Mount for new compressed natural gas vehicles and refueling station

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

Raleigh, N.C. – The N.C. Solar Center recently awarded a sub award grant to the City of Rocky Mount, NC, through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Blue Skies Green Jobs Initiative, a $12,000,000 bi-state project led by Triangle J Council of Governments. The funding covered over 90 percent of the costs for a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Refueling Station, and the cost differential between CNG powered refuse trucks and diesel powered trucks.  A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new station and vehicles was held on Monday, March 11, 2013. Several dignitaries, including Senator Angela Bryant and Representative Jeff Collins lauded the City on this new initiative.

“I am just so excited about how much of a leader the City of Rocky Mount continues to be in many arenas, and particularly in the area of clean energy and green jobs,” said Senator Bryant. “This is an amazing accomplishment, and I am very excited to think about the partnership with the N.C. Solar Center, the partnership with the federal government, including the use of stimulus funds that helped to make this available, as well a partnership with South Carolina, a multi-state partnership that helps this initiative go forward.”

Along with the new CNG station, the project included the acquisition of two CNG powered rear loaders used to pick up yard waste and small bulk waste. The City also purchased of a 45 passenger CNG powered bus used by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to assist in transporting youth during summer camps. Since deployment of the CNG vehicles, the City has realized an average displacement of approximately 2,100 gallons of diesel fuel per quarter, along with associated emission reductions and cost savings of $2.50 to $3.00 per gallon equivalent.  These are only a few examples of CNG powered vehicles that could be used by the City. “There is the capacity to do more,” said Mayor David Combs. “There is a possible expansion of CNG vehicles in other departments, such as Public Utilities, Water Resources and more.”

 

Some advantages of using natural gas for transportation were highlighted by Rick Sapienza, clean transportation specialist at the N.C. Solar Center.  ”It is a cleaner burning fuel compared to gasoline and diesel and can be superior in performance when compared to gasoline engines. CNG is much less expensive and the time between oil changes for natural gas cars and trucks is also extended, starting at almost 10,000 miles dependent upon the use of the vehicle. Also, natural gas is non-toxic and does not contaminate water or soil since it lighter than air and dissipates in open spaces. In other words, CNG is safe.”

 

For more information on natural gas, visit the North Carolina Solar Center website at www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.

 

 

About the North Carolina Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar 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 N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 
Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Launches Smart Transportation Industry Focus

Posted on: March 13th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Research Triangle Region economic developers and companies have officially entered the race to make the region a leader in plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) technologies.

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) will announce today (Wednesday, March 13) the launch of a smart transportation industry focus that will capitalize on the region’s critical mass of PEV companies and research, as well as a statewide plan to make North Carolina plug-in ready from mountains to sea.

The announcement will be made at a meeting of the N.C. Plug-in Electric Vehicle Taskforce, the group that is leading the statewide effort, as it celebrates completion of its statewide PEV readiness plans. The event will be hosted by Advanced Energy, the organization that will manage RTCC’s industry engagement in smart transportation.

“Advanced Energy sees working with the RTCC to lead a smart transportation industry engagement program as one of the next logical steps for the task force to take,” said Jeff Barghout, Advanced Energy’s division director for transportation initiatives.

“The task force’s ongoing work with more than 200 organizations showed us the significant concentration of electric vehicle supply chain companies that already operate in this region. We intend to build on that work to accelerate the growth of the industry and make electric vehicles convenient for our residents to use,” Barghout said.

RTCC Managing Director Lee Anne Nance said the smart transportation focus is a natural fit with the RTCC’s rapidly maturing smart grid cluster. For example, the Advanced Transportation Energy Center, co-located with N.C. State University’s FREEDM Systems Center, is developing technologies that will help the electric power industry manage large-scale uptake of plug-in electric vehicles. The FREEDM Center, meanwhile, is conducting research that will transform the nation’s electric power grid into a smart ! grid that will manage distributed energy resources, ensure a secure communication backbone and improve efficiency.

“The center’s work is transforming the power industry in the same way the Internet transformed the computer industry from mainframe to desktop to mobile device,” Nance said. “Together, smart grid and smart transportation hold extraordinary potential for innovation and business development in our 13 counties.”

Wake County Economic Development, which leads the region’s smart grid focus, will support RTCC and Advanced Energy’s work with industry knowledge and connections, said Wake EDC project manager Michael Haley.

“Wake EDC is facilitating national and global linkages of companies, suppliers, support agencies and researchers working on smart grid innovation and business development, and the spill-over and connections to smart transportation have just naturally emerged,” Haley said. “We see this as a win-win for our business development and for our region’s quality of life as we develop the full spectrum of smart, clean technologies.”

Local industry leaders, like Scott Henneberry of Schneider Electric, agree. Schneider Electricmanufactures electric charging stations in Knightdale.

“Schneider Electric is a $30 billion global energy management leader, and electric vehicle charging stations are a growing and important part of that,” said Henneberry, RTCC board member and vice president of smart grid strategy for Schneider Electric, an RTCC founding company. “A massive deployment of electric vehicles will require a smart grid, so we see tremendous upside potential for this industry.”

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the cleantech economy and is led by a 10-member board of directors. The Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) formed and manages the RTCC with funding from industry members ABB Inc., Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens. RTRP is a public-private partnership that leads economic development strategy for the 13-county Research Triangle Region of North Carolina.www.researchtrianglecleantech.org

Advanced Energy (AE) is a nationally recognized nonprofit with a mission to provide economic, environmental and societal benefits through innovative and market-based approaches to energy issues.  Established in 1980, AE has been developing innovative programs, conducting cutting-edge research and analyzing real-world effectiveness for energy issues in order to deliver tangible results with practical, sustainable solutions for customers, partners, members and the energy-using public. Located in Raleigh, N.C., AE focuses on applied building sciences in residential, commercial and industrial sectors; industrial process technologies; renewable energy; motors and drives testing; and emerging transportation initiatives (such as electric transportation). AE’s facility houses state-of-the-art laboratories, where they perform testing and applied research in all of the evolving disciplines. For m! ore information, visit www.AdvancedEnergy.org.

 

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Contact: For more information on the RTCC, visit www.researchtrianglecleantech.org or contact Managing Director Lee Anne Nance(919) 334-4075.

Statewide Taskforce Releases North Carolina’s First Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plans

Posted on: February 19th, 2013 by shannon No Comments

 

(Raleigh, N.C. — February 19, 2013)  The North Carolina Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Taskforce, in collaboration with several statewide partners, today released the state’s first PEV Readiness Plan along with four regional plans. The N.C. PEV Readiness Plans were created through the N.C. PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea (M2S) – one of only 16 projects awarded across the United States through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The project covered the entire state of North Carolina with a focus on four metropolitan areas in the Greater Asheville, Charlotte, Piedmont Triad and Triangle areas. The N.C. Solar Center was one of five principle partners who worked on the M2S project. The Center’s Clean Transportation program co-lead the Piedmont Triad PEV planning process with Piedmont Triad Regional Council and lead the state wide Incentives and Economic Development (IED) Work Group with the N.C. Dept. of Commerce Green Economy team.

A key result of the work conducted by the N.C. Solar Center is the Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Incentives and Policy Options for North Carolina paper included as part of the state wide PEV plan released by principle partners today. The paper surveys incentives provided by neighboring states and provides recommendations for state and local policy options. “Electric vehicles offer substantial gains in efficiency, emissions and long term savings to the purchaser and incentives can play an important role to spur more wide spread adoption,” says Anne Tazewell, the Center’s Transportation Manager. North Carolina offers no state incentives for the purchase of PEVs or charging stations while nearby South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Maryland do, the report reveals.

“Currently, North Carolina is still in the beginning stages of plug-in electric vehicle adoption and the statewide NC PEV Roadmap recommends continuing to move forward with collaborative efforts to ensure a more seamless integration of these vehicles and to maintain its position as a leader in plug-in electric vehicle readiness.” says Katie Drye, project manager, Transportation Initiatives, Advanced Energy. “

 

Key Highlights from the NC PEV Roadmap Plan Include:

 

  • Records from the NC Department of Motor Vehicles revealed there are more than 700 PEVs registered in North Carolina as of August 2012 and estimates indicate there will be more than 750,000 PEVs on the road by 2030!
  • Data collected through the planning process indicate there are 350 public and 170 private charging stations in North Carolina.
  • An analysis of PEV incentives, including a survey of fleet managers provides recommendations on the types of incentives beneficial for North Carolina: http://go.ncsu.edu/pevincentives
  • Review of policies, codes and standards, including recommendations for updates to local zoning ordinances, municipal codes, historic districts, sign requirements; encroachment agreement processes, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Key messaging developed for target audiences

 

The plans will be featured at an upcoming NC PEV Taskforce meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Sheraton Hotel, 421 S Salisbury Street, in Raleigh. Interested participants can register to attend the meeting by visiting www.NCPEVTaskforce.org

 

 

About the NC PEV Taskforce

The NC Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Taskforce is focused on establishing North Carolina as the leader in electrified transportation and promoting PEV readiness throughout the state. A collaborative group of key stakeholders from private industry, academia, non-profit and local and state government, this Taskforce is working to ensure the rapid and seamless integration of PEVs into local communities and the marketplace. The primary goals of the Taskforce are to increase the adoption of PEVs and support economic development opportunities through the exchange of innovative ideas and experience. The Taskforce will create a PEV roadmap, develop a network of PEV charging stations across the state, and align North Carolina’s electrified transportation goals with those on a national level. For more information: www.NCPEVTaskforce.org.

 

About the NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging-in from Mountains to Sea

The NC PEV Roadmap and four Community Readiness Plans were created supported through the NC PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mountains to Sea (M2S) planning project with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program through Centralina Council of Governments. Project collaborators include: Advanced Energy, Land-of-Sky Regional Council, NC Solar Center/NC State University, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, & Triangle J Council of Governments.

 

About the North Carolina Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar 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 N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter
Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu