Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative is a project led by Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), with $12 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Initiative will provide for major expansion of alternative fuel vehicles and refueling infrastructure through the collaboration of Triangle Clean Cities Coalition, NC Solar Center, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Land-Of-Sky Clean Vehicle Coalition, and Palmetto State Clean Fuels Coalition.
Overall the Carolina Blue Skies initiative will expand alternative fuel infrastructure in North Carolina by nearly 30% and will increase the number of alternative fuels stations by 20% in South Carolina. It will also improve air quality in both states. Currently, 24 counties in North Carolina are in non-attainment or maintenance for National Ambient Air Quality Standards, and in South Carolina there will be projects in five of the six counties at risk for non-attainment for ground level ozone. The initiative will benefit both states by lowering harmful emissions while creating local jobs.