From: Utah Clean Cities Coalition
To: Stewart Barlow,
Subject: News from Utah Clean Cities Coalition
Date: Sat Feb 06 00:55:11 MST 2016
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Utah Clean Cities Coalition
Utah Clean Cities Coalition Announcement
Press Release
Utah Clean Cities fights for clean air, clean fuels and clean strategies for Utah
Utah Clean Cities Coalition Announces
 
For Immediate Release: February 5,2015
Contact:
Utah Clean Cities Coaltion
Tammie Bostick-Cooper, Northern Coordinator and Communications
Phone/Cell for immediate contact & interviews: 801-580--1922
           
Utah Clean Cities Coalition Joins Nationwide Call for Clean Fuels and Vehicles at Energy Independence Summit 2016 in Washington, D.C.
 
Coalition's Local Initiatives Show Promise of Shift to Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
 
NOTE : Utah Clean Cities is available for telephone interviews from Capitol Hill on February 9, 2016 or later to report on meetings with our Members of Congress and their staff.
 
Salt Lake City, Utah and St. George, Utah Representatives from the Utah Clean Cities will join clean transportation leaders from across the nation next week in Washington, DC to educate federal policy makers about the need to expand America's use of alternative fuels, including biofuels, electricity, natural gas, and propane autogas. Robin Erickson, Executive Director and Tammie Bostick-Cooper, Northern Coordinator will participate in Energy Independence Summit 2016, the nation's premier clean transportation policy event, on February 7-10.

"Despite, the recent drop in gasoline prices, gas prices remain extremely volatile and we continue to send more than $300 billion per year to OPEC and other nations for oil," stated Robin Erickson. "We are going to Washington to make sure our representatives understand that the United States must aggressively expand our use of alternatives to petroleum-based fuel if we are to stabilize gas prices, decrease our reliance on foreign oil, and maintain and create domestic jobs in the energy industry."
 
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are now almost 1.2 million alternative fuel vehicles on the road in the United States and almost 40,000 alternative fueling stations. Tammie Bostick-Cooper who heads up the Northern Office of Utah Clean Cities stated the following, "Utah has completed the Natural Gas Corridor from the Idaho border to Nevada.  Utah has more natural gas fueling stations per capita than any other state.  We have a total of 70 alternative fueling stations and 107 public EV charging stations.  We have over 25,000 alternative fuel vehicles in the state and are 6th in the nation per capita in EV adoption.  This sounds impressive and it is!  But, these metrics account for less than 1% of the vehicles on the road in Utah.  The foundation has been laid, now we really need to amp up our efforts and continue to bring alternative fuel incentives to Utah and clean up our serious air problem!"
 
Transportation Energy Partners (TEP), the Summit organizer, reports that Summit participants will have the opportunity to interact with top Administration officials, including leaders from the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Defense, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, Summit participants will take their message about the need for ongoing federal support for alternatives to petroleum-based fuels to more than 200 Congressional offices.
"American industry has demonstrated the ability to produce high performing technology to meet the demand for alternatives to petroleum fuel," stated Sam Spofforth, President of Transportation Energy Partners (TEP). "However, insufficient and inconsistent government incentives and support hinder companies' ability to make the long-term investments required to sustain these clean transportation solutions. We need stable and predictable federal investments to enable fleets and technology developers to make sound long-term planning and investment decisions." 

About Utah Clean Cities Coalition

About Transportation Energy Partners : Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) is national non-profit organization that brings Clean Cities coalition leaders together with the clean transportation industry to advance policies that will reduce American dependence on petroleum-based fuels. TEP works closely with and provides policy support to the nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions and their 14,000 stakeholders in 46 states. Since 1993, the Clean Cities coalitions have played a leading role in implementing local programs and projects to deploy alternative fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure. The Clean Cities coalitions and their stakeholders have displaced more than 7.5 billion gallons of petroleum through the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, hybrid-electric vehicles, idle reduction technologies, fuel economy, and low-level fuel blends.

 
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