The 3 Clean Cities Coalitions in North Carolina are required to report annually to the U.S. Department of Energy on alternative fuel activities in their regions, but there is no standard tracking or reporting methodology to integrate activities outside of a designated coalition region. Moreover the NC Solar Center tracks annual petroleum displacement for 31 state agencies. With much of the state not currently part of a designated Clean Cities Coalition, a lot of alternative fuel use is not reported. Additionally, there are efforts underway to establish a fourth coalition, making it the ideal time to develop a coordinated plan to expand and document the use of alternative fuel and advanced transportation technologies in North Carolina.
The Alternative Fuel Database team will develop a plan with these key elements:
- Establish a common platform to track and report current alternative (non-petroleum) fuel use across the state,
- Coordinate an Electric Transportation Roadmap component to facilitate the upcoming regional electric vehicle roll-out, and
- Help coordinate electric vehicle infrastructure planning with the current 3 Clean Cities coalitions, Advanced Energy, NC Solar Center, Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC) and the public utilities, Duke Energy and Progress Energy Carolinas.
Individual regional activities will benefit from a coordinated effort to share resources and support a statewide roadmap. In addition to working with local, state, and regional leaders, this project encourages collaboration with Energy Fellows across North Carolina.