Central Florida Clean Cities News Volume 2, Issue 1 April 2019
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June 2020


 

Florida Electric Vehicle Roadmap

The Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition has partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy to develop an Electric Vehicle (EV) Roadmap for the state of Florida. The main objectives of the roadmap are to:

  • Provide specific recommendations for a three-year (2021-2023) light-duty passenger vehicle EV infrastructure plan for Florida’s Interstate and major arterial roads.
  • Provide annual forecasts for additional needed infrastructure for 2024-2030.
  • Provide recommendations for emergency evacuation routes and considerations specific to EVs.
  • Provide an online manual that will catalogue the considerations, tools, examples, information sources and other relevant information for planning.

Collaboration is key to this project’s success. We have hosted a series of public webinars, each focused on gaining input from specific industry leaders, including power service providers, infrastructure service providers, advocacy groups, state agencies, and planning organizations. A survey will soon be available to gather individual input from EV owners and enthusiasts who may not have been represented in the webinar discussions.

The final report, which will contain several recommendations and best practices for installing charging infrastructure in Florida, will be completed by December 31, 2020. If you have any questions or comments about this project, please feel free to reach out to Doug Kettles, Kaitlin Reed, or April Groover Combs.

 


 

Governor DeSantis Signs Senate Bill 7018

 

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In the first piece of legislation signed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has officially signed Senate Bill (SB) 7018 into law. This legislation directs the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Public Service Commission (PCS), and Office of Energy to develop a master plan for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure along the Florida State Highway System.

 

A full description of each agency’s responsibilities can be found within the bill, but some major elements include the determination of ideal charging station locations and their characteristics, barriers to EV adoption, implementation strategies, necessary regulatory measures, and projected EV use over the next 20 years. The master plan is to be submitted by July 1, 2021.

 


 

Air Pollution Increases COVID-19 Death Rates

Around 4.2 million people die each year due to outdoor air pollution. When someone breathes in polluted air, they also inhale particulate matter, which forms primarily through complex reactions that occur when vehicles or power plants emit harmful chemicals. These small particles penetrate deep into the body and can eventually lead to serious health issues such as hypertension, heart disease, breathing trouble, and diabetes. Unfortunately, these are the same underlying conditions that increase complications in coronavirus patients.

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With that in mind, Harvard researchers decided to perform the first nationwide study investigating the relationship between long-term exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 death rates. They concluded that “people with COVID-19 who live in U.S. regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease than people who live in less polluted areas," and found that an increase in particulate matter of just 1 unit (μg/m3) corresponds to an 8% increase in COVID-19 death rates. While the study is still undergoing peer review, the results are consistent with previous findings that air pollution exposure increases severe outcomes during infectious disease outbreaks.

 

The study emphasizes the importance of enforcing air pollution regulations and reducing emissions to protect public health, both during, and after the pandemic. As the coronavirus demonstrates, we cannot always anticipate what major health crises may emerge, but moving towards green energy and clean transportation today can improve our air quality, preventing more unnecessary deaths in the future.

 


 

Funding Opportunities
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USDA Announces $100 Million for American Biofuels Infrastructure

The U.S Department of Agriculture plans to offer up to $100 million in competitive grants for activities designed to expand the availability and sale of renewable fuels through The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). Funds will be made directly available to assist transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities with converting to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by either sharing the costs related to or offering sales incentives for the necessary infrastructure.

 

Applications are being accepted now through August 13, 2020 11:59 p.m. EDT.


 

Industry News
New Mobile Technology Allows to Quadruple LNG Bunkering Capacity
New Mobile Technology Allows to Quadruple LNG Bunkering Capacity
Propane Autogas Hybrid Fleets
Propane Autogas Hybrid Fleet Hits the Street
Agility Introduces ProRail CNG Fuel System
Agility Introduces ProRail CNG System
Number of Zero Emission Number of Zero Emissions Commercial Vehicle Models Expected to Double by 2023 EPA to change how it considers costs, benefits of CAA regulations EPA to Change How it Considers Costs Benefits of CAA Regulations NREL Research into Fueling Big Rigs Could Help More Hydrogen Vehicles Hit the Road NREL Research into Fueling Big Rigs Could Help More Hydrogen Vehicles Hit the Road
U.S. Gain Completes Construction on Natural Gas Fueling Station U.S. Gain Completes Construction on Natural Gas Fueling Station RNG as Transportation Fuel On-Road Volume Grows to 39% RNG as Transportation Fuel on Road Volume Grows to 39% Florida-BME-PressReleaseMap Brightmark Energy Announces Florida RNG Project

 

Upcoming Webinars

June 23, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Green Drives Webinar Series: Electric Vehicle Community Readiness

Chicago Area Clean Cities, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, & Greenlots

June 24, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM

A Business Case for Bidirectional EVs?

Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy

June 24, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Electric Shuttles:Tips for Infrastructure and Deployment

CALSTART & Southern California Edison

June 24, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Fleet Business Strategies During the Pandemic and Recovery Afterwards

NC Clean Energy Technology Center & 100 Best Fleets

June 25, 2020 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM

How Fleets Are Using B100 Biodiesel to Lower their Carbon Footprint

Renewable Energy Group

June 26, 2020 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Autonomous Vehicles - Considerations for Connected Communities

Triangle Clean Cities Coalition, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, & Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

June 27, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Driving on Sunshine Virtual Ride & Drive

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Electrify the South, & the League of Women Voters

July 2, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Real-life Lessons for Trucking's Clean Future

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Green Transportation Summit

 

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Central Florida Clean Cities Board of Directors

Our Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors (BOD). The BOD consists of volunteers that are actively involved with alternative fuels and technology; they use their experience and insight to provide guidance to our coalition. We gratefully acknowledge their dedication to the use of alternative fuels and the time they devote to the coalition. Our BOD members are:

Chair - David Dunn
City of Orlando, Fleet and Facilities Division Manager

Vice-Chair - Horacio Cervantes
People Gas, Business Development Manager

Treasurer – Harland Chadbourne
WastePro, Purchasing Director

Secretary – Doug Kettles
Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, Coordinator

Director – Lyn Cacella
Florida Public Utilities, Electric Vehicle Program Manager

Director – Brian Carroll
Canaveral Port Authority, Purchasing Director

Director – Cornelius Willingham
Nissan S.E. Electric Vehicle Strategy & Business Development Manager

Director – Helda Rodriguez
NovaCharge, President

Director – Eva Reyes
Orlando Utility Commission, Project Engineer

Director – Jill Dvareckas
Florida Power and Light, Director of Development


 

Contact Us

 

https://cflccc.org/contact/

Doug Kettles: 321-300-4555

Kaitlin Reed: 321-350-7564

 


 

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This e-newsletter is published by the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. For additional information please contact Doug Kettles at doug@cflccc.org

Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition
cflccc.org
(321) 300-4555