Centralina Project Selected for $500,000 Plug-in Electric Vehicle Planning Grant

A project led by the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) and the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition to support community and statewide planning for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and charging infrastructure has been selected for a $500,000 grant by the Department of Energy.

CCOG and the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition are the lead applicant for the proposal entitled "North Carolina PEV Readiness Initiative: Plugging in from Mounts to Sea” (Mountains to Sea project) that was submitted in early summer.  The project will be part of the Department of Energy’s $8.5 million Clean Cities’ Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure initiative.

CCOG – representing the State of North Carolina – was selected to receive $500,000 in federal funding for the project that will focus on the four most populous regions of the state.  Partners include: Triangle J COG (greater Raleigh/Durham region), Land of Sky Regional Council (greater Ashville region), Piedmont Triad Regional Council (greater Winston-Salem/Greensboro region), North Carolina Solar Center, Advanced Energy, Duke Energy, and Progress Energy.

CCOG staff will administer the grant and work with Mountains to Sea project partners and PEV stakeholders on growing individual regional PEV planning initiatives and forming a statewide PEV readiness plan. 

The Mountains to Sea project will help the four regions continue to address their PEV readiness-specific needs, which include, but are not limited to:  updating permitting processes, revising codes, training municipal personnel (including first responders), promoting public education and awareness, and developing incentives. 

The Mountains to Sea project will expand upon existing community readiness efforts to create a coordinated statewide PEV readiness initiative that will ultimately benefit the entire state of North Carolina.

The Mountains to Sea project directly supports the President's objective of putting 1 million electric drive vehicles on the road in the U.S. by 2015, through PEV readiness planning. CCOG was among just 15 other organizations across the country that were selected to receive funding under this Clean Cities Initiative. Once awarded, the project implementation period is 12 months.   Click here for further information on the overall Clean Cities Initiative.   

About Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities program is regionally represented by the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC), based in Charlotte.  Centralina COG is the home of the Centralina Clean Cities Coalition, a DOE program whose mission is to reduce dependence on imported petroleum, and to expand the use of cleaner, alternative fuels and advanced technologies through local and regional public and private partnerships.  The Clean Cities programs work with local businesses and governments in nearly 100 communities and metropolitan areas in the nation to form a roots-based foundation for a viable alternative fuels market.  For more information, please contact Jason Wager (jwager@centralina.org) or Emily Parker (eparker@centralina.org) or visit www.4cleanfuels.com.

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