Keynote Speakers Announced for Las Vegas Biofuels Forum on Sept. 20th: Event to Focus on Biodiesel and Ethanol for Fleets

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) announces keynote speakers for the Biofuels Drive Economic Solutions Forum to be held in Las Vegas on September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Michael Caudill, automotive journalist for KTLA in Los Angeles, and expert on the vehicle marketplace kicks off the morning with his insightful automotive forecast. Nationally recognized energy icon, David Freeman is the keynote lunch speaker. The Forum focus is on biodiesel and E85 and is designed as part of AFVi's Learning Marketplace to introduce fleets and other decision-makers to a wide range of information on the fuels, the vehicles, and available incentives.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) announces keynote speakers for the Biofuels Drive Economic Solutions Forum to be held in Las Vegas on September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Michael Caudill, automotive journalist for KTLA in Los Angeles, and expert on the vehicle marketplace kicks off the morning with his insightful automotive forecast. Nationally recognized energy icon, David Freeman is the keynote lunch speaker. The Forum focus is on biodiesel and E85 and is designed as part of AFVi's Learning Marketplace to introduce fleets and other decision-makers to a wide range of information on the fuels, the vehicles, and available incentives. For more information or to register, go to http://www.afvi.org.

"Today this country runs on oil. That must and can change and the vehicles we love to drive can be just as sexy, roomy, safe and comfortable," said David Freeman in his book that's due out October 1 called, Winning Our Energy Independence. The only thing more compelling about Mr. Freeman than his optimism and clear thinking is his straight-talking candor. Mr. Freeman rose to national prominence as the head of the Tennessee Valley Authority. For three decades he ran some of the country's largest municipal utility districts, including the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He's been an adviser to several governors, Congress, and former president Jimmy Carter. Currently he serves as the President of the Board of the Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners, a position he was appointed to by the Mayor of Los Angeles. His five decades of energy industry experience combined with his work as a federal energy policymaker are the core of his acute awareness of the steps that need to be taken to move away from our fossil fuel culture.

Michael Caudill is the President of Driven Media Communications and car correspondent for KTLA, the most viewed morning news show in Los Angeles. Mr. Caudill's varied experiences with automotive media and clients have placed him in a position for years where he's had his hand on the pulse of the industry. His observations about changes in the alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles markets provide insights with real-time information that will help decision-makers make more cost-effective purchases. Under Mr. Caudill's leadership, Driven Media Communications has represented companies ranging from Ford Motor Company to Mazda to Goodyear.

Other speakers include expert presenters representing vehicle and engine manufacturers, fuel associations, suppliers, users of biofuels, and high-ranking officials from federal, state, and local government regulatory agencies. The topics to be addressed are industry perspectives on biofuels, government policies and incentives, biofuels myths and facts, a product preview, and fleet users sharing their experiences using biodiesel and ethanol.

The Forum runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20. The registration fee is $199. The fee includes access to Forum materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch. The Forum will be held at The Orleans, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, in Las Vegas. The Forum is presented by AFVi and the lead sponsor is the Las Vegas Regional Clean Cities Coalition. EPIC and NBB are supporting sponsors. To register, go to the AFVi website and sign up today. http://www.afvi.org/forums.html

About AFVI
AFVi is an entrepreneurial organization that works through industry to bring people in need of proven transportation technologies together with those who can meet their needs. AFVi is the education provider and information link between the alternative fuels and vehicles industry and public/private fleets. The primary business of the company is to help improve transportation energy supply by facilitating market integration of new transportation fuels and technologies while minimizing environmental impact. AFVi is fuel and technology neutral.

About Las Vegas Regional Clean Cities Coalition (LVRCCC)
The LVRCCC is a public-private partnership aimed at expanding the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuels. By encouraging the use of alternative fuel vehicles, LVRCCC helps enhance energy security and independence and environmental quality in the Las Vegas Valley. LVRCCC is one of nearly 100 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions operating in communities throughout the country.

About Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC)
EPIC is a nonprofit alliance of ethanol industry leaders who have come together to grow consumer demand for ethanol energy through targeted marketing. Their goal is to reach consumers and key influencers across the country and educate them on the performance and environmental benefits of using an ethanol-enriched fuel in their automobiles.

About the National Biodiesel Board (NBB)
NBB is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and development in the United States. It was founded in 1992 and today is a comprehensive industry association. NBB's membership is comprised of state, national, and international feedstock and feedstock processor organizations, biodiesel suppliers, fuel marketers and distributors, and technology providers.

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