National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) Director Bill Davis and NAFTC Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore traveled to Washington, DC last month to attend the Energy Independence Summit and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Strategic Planning Meeting. Both meetings were conducted for the purpose of breaking down barriers and advancing the future of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

The Energy Independence Summit brought together U.S. DOE Clean Cities coalitions and transportation energy leaders to share best practices and educate federal policy makers about the need for incentives, tools, and resources to overcome barriers to the widespread use of cleaner vehicles and fuels.

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U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Program Manager Pat Davis speaks to the attendees of the Energy Independence Summit. Credit: NAFTC.

Event participants attended presentations on how the new Congress will shape prospects for federal funding and incentives to promote alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure; policies that will encourage widespread use of alternative fuels; innovative state and local policies and programs, which are advancing markets for cleaner fuels and vehicles; and new technologies and market developments that are driving the alternative fuels industry forward.

The 2015 Summit was especially important as industry representatives provided information to the new Congressional leaders and the newly elected Members of Congress about the critical role of alternative fuels and vehicles in reducing our dependence on foreign oil and boosting American jobs and economic growth.

During the Summit’s Capitol Hill Day, Davis and Moore visited West Virginia Congressional representatives on behalf of Clean Cities, to provide information about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, infrastructure projects, and other successes achieved with the support of government leaders and industry.

Davis explained, “Capitol Hill Day gave us a chance to meet with our representatives to discuss some of the great work the NAFTC and the Clean Cities program have done. There is so much that our representatives can do to help alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles succeed. They hold the key to a clean environment and energy security for future generations of Americans.”

Following the Summit and building on its energy, the U.S. DOE hosted the Clean Cities Strategic Planning Meeting to solicit input on its five-year strategic plan from a broad range of program stakeholders, industry, and local, state, and federal government on how best to advance deployment of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, and other technologies in the Clean Cities portfolio, including idle reduction technologies, and fuel economy measures.

During the planning meeting, national laboratory experts led discussions about the current state of natural gas, biofuels, propane, plug-in electric vehicles, fuel economy measures, and consumer and fleet idle reduction.

Following the meeting, Clean Cities solicited feedback on the strategy. In particular they requested information on how Clean Cities can best support the adoption of natural gas, biofuels, propane, plug-in electric vehicles, fuel economy efforts, and idle reduction measures.

“We are so happy to attend the Clean Cities Strategic Planning Meeting. It’s exciting to see how the Clean Cities Coalitions will work with their stakeholders and partners in the coming years to advance the cause of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.” said Moore.

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U. S. DOE National Clean Cities Director and Technology Deployment Manager Dennis Smith welcomes attendees to the Clean Cities Strategic Planning Meeting. Credit: NAFTC.




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