(Columbus)—Clean Fuels Ohio hosted its’ annual Education and Outreach Day on May 29th. Nearly a dozen industry partners from all over the state were in attendance.
The purpose of the day was to connect industry representatives with elected officials in Columbus. Over twenty meetings were set with legislators and staff. Discussions included a wide variety of topics including the applications of alternative transportation fuels, what the needs of the industry are as well as the strength of the alternative fuel markets in Ohio. Because many of the officials met with were either new to the legislature or in their second term, education was the top priority of the day.
“Part of the job of a State Representative is meeting after meeting,” commented State Representative Scott Lipps (R- Franklin). “Every once in a while, one of those meetings hits home and makes a positive difference. This is exactly what happened in my meeting with Clean Fuels Ohio. I thoroughly enjoyed our discussion about fleet conversion, driving down front-loaded costs, grant opportunities and more!”
Policy decisions made in Columbus have a significant effect on the overall industry performance. Many of these decisions are made because elected officials don’t usually have a background in alternative fuels. States that create policies to encourage alternative fuel use such as rebates or grant programs reduce barriers for fleets to adopt cleaner and less expensive vehicles. Conversely, states that enact policies that are damaging to the industry such as overtaxing alternative fuels or overregulating vehicles and infrastructure create barriers for interested fleets to make the transition away from gasoline and diesel fuel much more difficult.
“Events like this help put alternative fuels and our issues in the forefront for our legislators since this subject is not something they typically think about,” commented Ann Jorgensen, Director of Business Development for Prism Propane. “Making them aware of what our needs are helps not only our industry but our customers as well.”
Sponsors of the 2019 event included IGS, Greenlots, Roush Clean Tech, Cummins, New Morning Energy, WW Williams, The Ohio Propane Gas Association, Prism Propane, Linden’s Propane, The Ohio Soybean Council, AFV International, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority.
This year’s sponsorship opportunities were sold out in one week. Sponsorships for next year’s event are expected to go on sale in March, 2020. If you would like to hold a sponsorship for 2020, please email Jason@CleanFuelsOhio.org.