March Is Texas’ Birthday Month & Time To Celebrate Texas’ Energy Independence

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As Texas Celebrates 175 Years of Independence, The Central Texas Clean Cities AltCar Expo & Fleet Conference Fortifies Texas’ Energy Independence From Foreign Oil

"We have the greatest combined developable renewable resource potential in the nation. Texans have a history and tradition of independence.."

Texas serves as the epicenter for many of our nation’s leading transportation programs which fully integrate alternative fuels and alternative vehicle technologies into the way we think, design infrastructure, buy and drive.

As Texas celebrates 175 years of independence in March, the Central Texas Clean Cities AltCar Expo & Fleet Conference also serves as the premier Texas energy event which, by its very nature, showcases how municipalities, fleet managers and consumers can increase our energy independence while reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

The Clean Cities AltCar Expo & Fleet Conference on March 24th at Austin’s Palmer Events Center will also serve as the premier event for area press to ask questions of key Conference participants as to how we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil now via rebate programs, infrastructure design and fleet use - - all of this during the current economic tumult derived from gas price increase and unrest in the Middle East.

The addiction to fossil fuels profoundly hurts our national economy on a daily basis. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most of the world’s oil reserves are centered in the Middle East with two-thirds of those reserves tightly controlled by OPEC - - oil price spikes and manipulation by OPEC cost our American economy about $1.9 trillion from 2004 to 2008 and each major price spike was followed by a recession.

“We have the greatest combined developable renewable resource potential in the nation. Texans have a history and tradition of independence, but we also realize we live and function in a significantly interdependent world,” says Russel Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. “There is great value today in increasing our level of independence in some areas while maintaining the best aspects of diverse but mutually beneficial industry, government, and culture across state and national boundaries.”

So the Clean Cities AltCar Expo & Conference will provide key direction, during these economic times, for clear alternative fuel and transportation choices in Texas. Transportation experts say these choices can have the greatest impact on fossil fuel reduction.

Consumers will also be put in the driver’s seat and can choose what is new and street ready, like the Volt by Chevrolet. Texas is an initial launch market for Chevy Volt. It was one of seven launch markets in the United States. The Expo will house the very latest in Electric, Hydrogen, Biodiesel, Natural Gas, Propane, Hybrid, Plug-In and Ethanol transportation technologies. The popular Ride & Drive area will be open for consumers to drive (for free) the newest sustainable cars from major manufacturers and new companies, with many cars for sale at the show.

For Press - - Who’s Speaking At The Conference?

  • Welcome from Stacy Neef, Central Texas Clean Cities
  • Opening Remarks from The Honorable Mark Strama, State Representative – Texas House District 50
  • Tom Johnson, 100 Best Fleets, Hosts "Implementing Best Practices: Solutions to the 10 Biggest Fleet Challenges in 2011,” a one-time only panel and Q & A with Fleet Managers and Representatives from the following Texas cities from the 2011 Greenest Fleets list: Conroe, Denton, Fort Worth, Irving, San Antonio, Houston, Lewisville, McKinney and Pflugerville.
  • "Clean Technology Review"

Moderator - Russel Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA)

  • "EVs: Regional Perspective to a National Directive" Panel

Moderator - Jenny Danieau
Tom Reddoch - Electric Power Research Institute
Rachel May - Austin Energy
Bruce Haupt - City of Houston
Bill Barker - City of San Antonio
Kenny Singleton - North Central Texas Council of Governments

The Conference portion of the event occurs between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Open hours for the Expo Hall are between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is no charge to the public from 2:30 – 5 p.m.

Presented by Central Texas Clean Cities, Texas Gas Service and the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the event is designed for Fleet managers, transportation directors, stakeholders and industry partners.

Please visit http://www.AustinAltCar.com for more details, Fleet & Industry information, Exhibitor information and visitor information.

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