Clean Fuels Ohio was accompanied by a variety of alternative fuel industry partners to the Energy Independence Summit last week. Part of the Summit was education and outreach to congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
The Energy Independence Summit is an annual event held Washington DC. This three-day event hosts speakers and panels in a number of informational sessions, brings in federal agency experts and allows Clean Cities coalitions to network to discuss best practices in the alternative transportation fuel policy sphere. The highlight of the event is education and outreach day where coalitions and partners meet with congressional offices to discuss transportation issues. This year Clean Fuels Ohio was joined by over a dozen partners.
“Our visits on Capitol Hill were productive in sharing the good work that Clean Fuels Ohio has done,” said Thea Walsh, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Development for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. “Through these meetings we were able to educate our lawmakers on alternative fuel options and discuss key federal policy matters impacting our members.”
Clean Fuels Ohio met with more than 19 Congressional offices including nearly all the Ohio delegation, Senators Manchin and Capito of West Virginia and staff of the House appropriations committee. Discussed in these meetings were specific vehicle and infrastructure projects that are happening across Ohio and West Virginia as well as answering questions regarding the potential implications of policy decisions.
“Every year these meetings yield stronger and stronger results for policy decisions made at the federal level,” commented Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. “Through the relationships we develop as a result of our time on Capitol Hill, we are able to make recommendations that typically have a tremendous affect on the alternative fuel industry as a whole. We look forward to returning next year with an even stronger coalition of partners.”
The Energy Independence Summit occurs during the second week of February. Clean Fuels Ohio will begin asking for registrants in December, 2020.