(Columbus)—Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) will hold its annual Energy Independence Summit (EIS) in Washington DC from February 10-12, 2020 at the Westin Georgetown. EIS is the largest and longest running event of its kind, bringing together advanced transportation industry, Clean Cities and fleet leaders from across the country to educate members of Congress about projects and priorities related to advanced, sustainable transportation.
The Summit provides a unique opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with key Congressional and Administration policymakers in Washington, DC. The highlight of the event is Capitol Hill day on Tuesday February 11th. Attendees will participate in a full day of meetings with key Congressional Committees and offices, concluding with an evening reception.
“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.”
A number of issues including tax credits for CNG, biodiesel and electric vehicles are being deliberated by Congress in the next year and will have a direct bearing on the alternative fuels industry. Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio, stressed that establishing relationships with elected officials is key. Based on feedback received from Clean Fuels Ohio from previous summits, legislators want to hear from businesses and constituents in their districts so they can better understand the impact their vote will have in their area.
“Developing relationships with legislators has been extremely helpful for our advocacy efforts,” said Phillips. “Once new legislators and staff get to know us and get comfortable with our issues, they are nearly always very willing to be helpful in reducing barriers to adoption. Education and outreach efforts goes a very long way towards establishing who we are and what we do so we can proceed right to what policy ideas makes the most sense.”
Anyone interested in participating in the summit is advised to contact Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio at email@example.com.