The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) attended the Energy Independence Summit (EIS) in Washington, DC April 7 through 10.

Hosted by Transportation Energy Partners (TEP), an independent, national non-profit organization, EIS brings Clean Cities coalition leaders together with the clean transportation industry to advance policies that will reduce American dependence on petroleum-based fuels.

Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense Office for Operational Energy Plans and Programs and Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change served as keynote speakers.

Roundtable discussions and presentations covered barriers and opportunities in clean fuels and vehicles, innovative state policies and programs, and finance mechanisms for alternative fuel and vehicles.

Attendees also had the opportunity to meet with congressional offices to educate federal policy makers on clean transportation opportunities.

“The Energy Independence Summit is an excellent opportunity for stakeholders in the alternative fuel industry to meet and ‘in force’ let our elected representatives know that we support alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and the industry and want their support as well,” said William A. “Bill” Davis, Acting Executive Director of the NAFTC.

Davis continues, “Meeting with the WV Congressional delegation is a great opportunity to let them know about the accomplishments of the NAFTC and how we are a key and integral part of the alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle industry. It allowed us to let them know that when they support that industry, they are continuing to support our program.

It was great to be able to inform the WV Congressional offices about NAFTC work in the state of West Virginia in support of the governor’s desire to increase the use of natural gas and propane in the state. This is a major effort that needs support not only from the state legislature, but from the U.S. Congress as well.”

EIS Summit

Attendees of the Energy Independence Summit discuss barriers and opportunities in alternative fuels. Credit: NAFTC.

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