Finance and Administration Cabinet
November 10th Workshop Highlights Electric Transportation Technologies
(Louisville, KY) – An interactive workshop, “Electric Transportation for the Bluegrass,” will be held on Monday, November 10, 2008, at the University of Kentucky. The workshop, which will highlight electric transportation technologies, will also be available via several teleconference hookups across the Commonwealth.
“The issue of energy and how we react to the challenge of helping the nation become more energy independent, or at least energy secure, is a huge priority for this administration,” said Jonathan Miller, Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. "As Governor Beshear has said, Kentucky has the ability to build a global platform to the make the cars of tomorrow, and market them to the world.”
Workshop attendees will hear from representatives of the electric and transportation industries including Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, in Washington D.C.; Bill Jacob, vice-president of United Parcel Service; Randy Queen, regional manager of General Motors; Kentucky Finance Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller; and Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Dr. Len Peters, among others.
“Hybrids, plug-ins and all-electric vehicles must be part of our energy solution. The better we understand the challenges and opportunities these vehicles offer, the easier we can make wise decisions regarding their deployment throughout the commonwealth,” said Len Peters, Secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet.
The workshop will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. EST. Electric vehicles will be on display at the UK Lexington campus site, and those who are not able to visit the live workshop may visit teleconference locations at Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, the Capitol Annex in Frankfort, and the University of Louisville.
“It is a distinct honor to address the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s workshop and the pioneers who support advanced transportation technologies, including electric drive, to displace petroleum,” said Brian Wynne, President of the Washington, DC-based Electric Drive Transportation Association. “There are a lot of exciting new developments to report about electric drive vehicles that are coming to the marketplace.”
“We want to educate consumers and regulatory authorities about electric transportation technologies, their availability, safety, and performance," said Melissa Howell, Executive Director of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC). “This is the perfect time to showcase a clean, fuel alternative, as governments and private companies are looking to take part in domestic energy sources.”
Registration for the on-site and teleconference workshops is required. Workshop details and registration information can be found at the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition web site at www.kentuckycleanfuels.org.
The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition is a 501c3 organization composed of major auto manufacturers, equipment providers, private and public fleet managers, government agencies, fuel providers and universities. KCFC’s mission is to improve air quality and support economic development across Kentucky by promoting the use of clean fuels and educating about evolving technologies.