Energy Bill Roundtable

Chuck Zimmerman

Energy RoundtableOur energy bill discussion this morning covered a lot of ground.

Over the coming days I’ll try to bring you segments of it.

To get started here’s a selection which includes each participant answering the question of what he thinks is most important piece of legislation and why.

Here’s their response: Listen To MP3 Energy Bill Roundtable (12 min MP3)

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Guest Speakers Speak about Alt. Fuels

Lauren Ciemniak

Lauren Ciemniak Senator John McCain, future presidential candidate, delivered a wonderful speech on the future of alternative fuels. The United States is deeply dependent on foriegn oil. The U.S alone uses about 7.6 billion barrels of oil a year. By using alternative fuels, you reduce the greenhouse emissions. An option proposed to help our environment and economy is to raise Corporate America Fuel Efficiency standards. There are currently 5 million flex fuel vehicles on the road but more are on the way. James D. Boyd talked about domestic fuels and its problems. California is the 5th largest economy and consumer of energy in the world. California is the second largest consumer of gas and diesel, the largest consumer is the United States. Many alternative fuel vehicles will be taking up the roads in California within the next year.

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Let’s Hear From The Executive Director

Chuck Zimmerman

Annalloyd ThomasonThe Executive Director of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute is Annalloyd Thomason.

We heard from her on stage earlier this week and to get to know her better and learn a little more about AFVI I sat down with her for a short interview.

Annalloyd explains how she and her husband Leo, started their own company and had the opportunity to take over the production of the Clean Cities Congress a couple of years ago.

You can listen to my interview with Annalloyd here: Listen To MP3 Annalloyd Thomason Interview (6 min MP3)

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GM’s Reception Steals the Show

Lauren Ciemniak

Lauren Ciemniak Did you attend Sunday night’s opening reception? If you didn’t, then you missed out on a stomping good time! From admiring the beautiful artwork, to the energizing entertainment, many people went back to their hotels smiling. General Motors gave out $20,000 to the top three Clean Cities Reward recipients. The food was great, a big hit was the cute little cakes with the GM Logo on them. Overall, the GM reception was a wonderful night, and many people had a great time!

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Energy Panel Is Discussing

Chuck Zimmerman

Andrew LittlefairOur final day general session is going on right now.

It’s being moderated by Andrew Littlefair, Clean Energy. Andrew has a challenge considering the panel has some very outspoken industry representatives but he’s handling it very well.

The panel consists of (l-r) Phil Lampert, NEVC, Scott Gerke, American Honda, Rich Kolodziej, NGVA, Joe Jobe, NBB and Brian Feehan, PERC.
Energy Bill Panel

I’m recording the complete session and will post a portion of it when complete. Then I think I’ll post pieces of it later as time permits.

While the session is going on the exhibit hall is still open. I’ve got some pics from it to post for you too.

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Rocking To The Band

Chuck Zimmerman

Still CruisinThe Clean Cities Congress crowd kind of changed the slogan for Alice Cooper’s Town a little last night to “Where Rock and Alternative Fuels Meet.”

The band, Still Cruisin, had the crowd on the dance floor to some great rock and roll.

Just to give you a taste here’s a short video clip: Watch wmv file Still Cruisin (WMV file)

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Bill Is Still Cruisin

Chuck Zimmerman

Bill BallThe band at our closing reception was Still Cruisin led by founder and drummer Bill Ball.

By night he’s a rock and roller. By day he’s the Transportation Director for the Tucson Unified School District. An interesting combination Bill. And one we enjoyed at the reception.

On a break I interviewed Bill to find out what he does and what he gets out of the Clean Cities Congress. You can listen to my interview with Bill here: Listen To MP3 Bill Ball Interview (2 min MP3)

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A Party At Alice’s

Chuck Zimmerman

Alice Cooper's TownThe closing reception was held last night at Alice Cooper’s Town. It was a great party and I’ll be posting a bunch of stuff from it shortly.

In the meantime our final day opening session is about to get started. We’re going to have a roundtable discussion on the Energy Bill with representatives from the various fuel type organizations. I’ll be recording it and will post more on it later.

BTW, I didn’t see Alice. I was hoping he’d put in an appearance but no such luck.

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Driving A GEM

Chuck Zimmerman

Ride & DriveOn my way out of the convention center yesterday I stopped by the Ride & Drive and found myself in a Global Electric Motorcars vehicle.

Riding with me is the company’s CEO, Lawrence Oswald. He held the microphone while I drove and interviewed him so you’ll hear some road noise.

Larry tells us about his company and the vehicles they make. He makes a point that the electric vehicle is perfect for in-town driving for short distances where you can be on streets with relatively slow speed limits. With no engine emissions the vehicle is certainly not putting particulates into the air.

You can hear the interview here: Listen To MP3 Larry Oswald Interview (4 min MP3)

I also had to take a short video clip too, not something I recommend to the untrained: Watch wmv file Ride & Drive (WMV file)

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