Two-Day Event to Be Followed by Clean Cities Strategy Conclave
Organizers are gearing up for Energy Independence Summit 2015, which will give alternative fuel advocates a chance to make their case before a new class of federal legislators in Washington.
EIS 2015 takes place February 22-24 at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill. It is organized by Transportation Energy Partners. EIS is followed by a five-year Clean Cities strategy meeting, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy on February 25.
TEP describes EIS 2015 as the nation’s premier alternative fuel vehicle policy summit. There, “the nation’s Clean Cities Coalitions and transportation energy leaders will convene 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.”
A Forum on Funding Opportunities, and a Chance to Lobby
The gathering will provide insight on what this past November’s elections mean for alternative fuels and vehicles.
“The 2015 Summit will be especially important as we seek to educate 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.”
The gathering will include briefings by
- key members of Congress and staff on how the new Congress will shape prospects for federal funding and incentives to promote alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure;
- senior federal agency officials from the Departments of Energy, Transportation, Defense, Agriculture, and EPA on funding opportunities and policies that will encourage widespread use of alternative fuels;
- state and local leaders on innovative state and local policies and programs, which are advancing markets for cleaner fuels and vehicles; and
- top transportation energy industry leaders on new technologies and market developments that are driving the alternative fuels industry forward.
On February 24, Capitol Hill Day, Clean Cities coordinators and industry partners are to talk directly with Congressional and federal agency officials about alternative fuel and advanced vehicle and infrastructure projects. The day will close with a networking reception hosted by UPS and attended by key members of Congress and staff.
Taking Stock and Looking Ahead
On February 25, Clean Cities officials are to identify “strategic opportunities to increase the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and to employ emissions-reducing technologies.”
DoE notes that it’s been five years since its Clean Cities organization “convened its coalitions, national laboratories, and energy and transportation experts to take stock of the program’s progress and direction” (F&F, November 28).
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Source: TEP and Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up