National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore traveled to Washington, DC last month to attend the Energy Independence Summit.
The Energy Independence Summit brought together U.S. Department of Energy 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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The Honorable Byron Dorgan, Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and retired U.S. Senator, North Dakota, spoke during lunch at the EIS Summit. His remarks focused on the importance of alternative fuel vehicles and specifically on the difference those attending the EIS and participating in visits to Capitol Hill are making. Credit: Louisiana Clean Fuels.

Specific topics discussed during the summit included:
• How the 2016 elections will impact prospects for federal funding and incentives to promote alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure;
• Innovative state and local policies and programs, which are advancing markets for cleaner fuels and vehicles;
• What the key federal agencies (Departments of Energy, Transportation, Defense, Agriculture, and EPA) are doing to provide funding and encourage widespread use of alternative fuels;
• New technologies and market developments that are driving the alternative fuels industry forward.
“It’s always great to attend the Energy Independence Summit and get the opportunity to see so many of the Clean Cities coordinators and industry partners” said Moore. “This year I had the opportunity to make visits on Capitol Hill with the Louisiana Clean Fuels team and help to educate their delegation on the importance of alternative fuel vehicle training.”
On Capitol Hill Day, Clean Cities coordinators and industry partners met with Congressional and federal agency officials about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and infrastructure projects, and other successes achieved with the support of government leaders and industry.

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Shown here Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director Ann Shaneyfelt, her son Ian, Kaitlin Sighinolfi, Legislative Director to Louisiana Representative Charles Boustany, and Board President Randy Hayden, at the Capitol Hill Day visits. Credit: Louisiana Clean Fuels.

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