The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) participated in Energy Independence Days (EID) February 28 through March 3 in Washington, D.C.

The annual event offered opportunities for Clean Cities coordinators to meet one-on-one with Congressional leaders, brainstorm ideas for future initiatives, discuss projects and share successes. The main activities included a day-long educational seminar and educational meetings and briefings with federal policymakers.

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Patrick Davis, Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technology Program, gives a presentation at Energy Independence Days. Credit: Barry Carr

Organized by Transportation Energy Partnership (TEP), Energy Independence Days 2010, for which the NAFTC was a sponsor, also featured presentations by industry experts. NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron spoke to the Clean Cities’ coordinators and stakeholders.

“The NAFTC’s partnership with the Clean Cities Program is an integral part of our success,” Ebron noted. “We value the resources Clean Cities coordinators and stakeholders provide, and it was a pleasure to meet with them at Energy Independence Days, especially to encourage their participation in the 2010 National AFV Day Odyssey.”

According to the Energy Independence Days Web site, TEP has been, since 2002, organizing an event in Washington, D.C., that allows Clean Cities representatives to speak with their legislators. Originally called Washington Days, it was renamed EID in 2007.

Energy Independence Days is a partnership between coalitions and industry supporters of the nearly 90 Clean Cities coalitions across the United States. Sponsor funds from the alternative fuels industry make it possible for dozens of Clean Cities coordinators to travel to Washington, D.C., receive briefings, exchange ideas and meet with Congressional members and staff.

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Clean Cities coordinators and stakeholders attend Energy Independence Days 2010 Feb. 28 through March 3 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Barry Carr

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