Regional Awards Highlight Diverse Transportation Solutions
Raleigh, N.C. (November 11, 2014) – General Duncan J. McNabb, former Commander of U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base and Energy Security Leadership Council member for the Washington D.C. based Securing America’s Future Energy provided the keynote speech on the final day of the Southeast Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo (SEAFCE) held at the Raleigh Convention Center on October 22-24. Over 450 attendees participated in the regional event, which also provided recognition awards to organizations that are helping to drive clean transportation solutions in Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Additionally, North Carolina recognized leading fleets across the state in its 8th annual Mobile CARE awards.
As a military leader who has been in charge of all global transport on land, sea and air, General McNabb spoke from a firsthand perspective on how conflicts are “sparked by the competition for oil.” The three day conference focused on transportation technology and policies to enhance energy security and reduce emissions. The inaugural event, which included U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions in six states as its planning committee, featured three tracks with 18 breakout sessions, 60 exhibitors and 40 ride and drive vehicles including the all-electric BMW i8, Tesla, a 3-wheeled police Segway and a propane bus among others.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar spoke about DOE initiatives to integrate research advances and deployment efforts in the transportation sector. In a plenary session discussion among state leaders, N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata explained how the state is enhancing commuter rail and expanding use of biodiesel in locomotives. In addition, Georgia Public Service Commissioner, Tim Echols, announced four new initiatives to expand electric vehicle adoption in Georgia including a utility led project to build public electric vehicle charging stations.
Anne Tazewell, Transportation Program Manager at the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center announced the SEAFCE Regional Awards after General McNabb’s speech. The General presented the awards to Tidewater Fiber Corporation of Virginia, M & M Cartage of Kentucky, Morgan County TN Schools, and Palmetto Gas of South Carolina. Read details of their accomplishments. Hear excerpts from General McNabb’s speech.
About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: http://www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCCleanTech
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