Transportation Energy Partners

Energy Independence Summit 2014 (EIS 2014)

March 30 - April 2, 2014Washington, DC

More than 140 leaders from the nation’s Clean Cities coalitions and the clean transportation industry convened in Washington, D.C. for the Energy Independence Summit 2014 (EIS2014), to educate federal policymakers about the need to expand America's use of alternative fuels, including biofuels, electricity, natural gas, and propane autogas.

Organized by Transportation Energy Partners (TEP), EIS2014 featured keynote speeches from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, and the Department of Energy's new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Reuben Sarkar. Our roundtables, speed-dating, panels, and keynote speaker sessions included prominent clean transportation leaders from the multiple federal agencies, Clean Cities Coalitions, and the alternative fuels industry.

On Capitol Hill Day, Summit participants educated more than 165 congressional offices about the need for ongoing federal support for alternatives to petroleum-based fuels. Capitol Hill Day was kicked off with a Congressional briefing on “Converting Fleets to Alternative Fuels,” which was co-hosted by NAFA Fleet Management Association and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. The day culminated with our annual Energy Independence Capitol Hill reception sponsored by UPS. Congressional clean transportation champions Representative John Larson (CT) and Representative Chaka Fattah (PA) both spoke at the UPS reception.

The Mission Continues

With the support of clean transportation leaders, we are continuing to build the grassroots voice for policies and programs that support clean vehicles, fuels and infrastructure. We look forward to seeing you next year in Washington, D.C. for the Energy Independence Summit 2015!

EIS 2014 Photos

Mayor Greg Ballard spoke at length regarding the national security implications of continued petroleum use and the necessity of converting to alternative fuel vehicles – an example he has been setting in the City of Indianapolis. Mayor Ballard is working to convert the city’s entire vehicle fleet to run on alternative fuels, and he wants to do it by 2025.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy commended the Clean Cities coalitions for their national reach in representing 74 percent of the nation’s population and encouraged Summit participants to continue to partner with the U.S. EPA in their efforts to expand the deployment of alternative fuels and vehicles

The Propane Education & Research Council, a valued Sponsor of this year's Summit, awarded deserving Coalitions for their outstanding leadership in advancing propane as an alternative fuel. Pictured above is Alleyn Harned, Executive Director of Virginia Clean Cities, as he receives his Coalition's award. Other Coalitions honored included Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, Clean Fuels Ohio, and Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities.

The Department of Energy's new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, Reuben Sarkar, spoke to Summit participants about his vision to work with Clean Cities coalitions to advance alternative fuels and vehicles by implementing strategies that focus on enhancing niche markets like school buses and refuse trucks. Mr. Sarkar is pictured here along with several Clean Cities coordinators.
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