The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently participated in the 2012 Energy Independence Summit March 25-28 in Washington, D.C.

The annual event offered opportunities for Clean Cities coordinators to share best practices and educate federal policy makers about the benefits of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program and the need for additional tools and resources to overcome the barriers to the widespread use of clean vehicles and fuels.

Organized by Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) and held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, the Energy Independence Summit featured educational sessions and presentations from the nation’s leading clean transportation experts on:

  • Federal funding and incentives to promote alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure;
  • Successful alternative fuels and vehicle projects across the country; and
  • Innovative state and local policies and programs that are advancing markets for cleaner fuels and vehicles.
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A roundtable discussion at the Energy Independence Summit covers important alternative fuel topics. From left are Clean Fuels Ohio Executive Director Sam Spofforth (standing), CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel, Westport Innovations Vice President for Global Market Development Jonathan Burke, General Motors Director of Federal Environmental and Energy Regulatory Affairs Mary Beth Stanek and UPS Public Affairs Special Counsel James Bruce. Credit: NAFTC

In addition, the summit included a day of briefings and meetings on Capitol Hill where Clean Cities Coordinators and industry partners spent time talking with Congressional leaders about the alternative fuel and advanced vehicle and infrastructure projects as well as other successes achieved with support of government leaders and industry.

Keynote speakers included White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies Director Daniel Sperling. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy was the special guest speaker.

NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron and Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore displayed materials about the NAFTC, which was a sponsor for the event. Information about two programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy – the Clean Cities Learning Program (CCLP) and the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program – was also available.

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NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron talks with Rick Price, executive director of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities. Credit: NAFTC

In addition, Moore discussed with Clean Cities coordinators opportunities to host National AFV Day Odyssey events this year. The 2012 Odyssey date is Oct. 18.

According to the Energy Independence Summit website, TEP has been, since 2002, organizing an event in Washington, D.C., that allows Clean Cities representatives to speak with their legislators. This year’s summit provided an important opportunity to demonstrate the broad-based grassroots support among business leaders, state and local government officials, and community leaders for clean transportation energy policies that enhance energy security and create new jobs.

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