About 100 people attended Thursday’s “Compelling Case for NGVs” workshop at the Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport at RTP in Durham, NC. The event was co-hosted by Triangle Clean Cities, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Land-of-Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, the Solar Center at NC State University, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and NC Energy Office. PSNC Energy and NGVAmerica were the primary underwriting sponsors of this event with additional support from our tabletop and food and beverage sponsors. The program included a full-day curriculum with guest presentations, 22 tabletop displays, an outdoor vehicle display, and a site visit to Waste Industries’ nearby depot, where the company has installed a time-fill CNG station and is taking delivery of 20 natural gas refuse trucks.
The day kicked off with welcomed remarks from Lacey Jane Wolfe, Coordinator for Triangle Clean Cities; followed by presentations from Larry Shirley, the Director of Development of the Green Economy within the NC Commerce Department—Energy Division: and Rusty Harris, PSNC Energy President and COO. Stephe Yborra led the full-day curriculum, which included “Wheels” session updates from a number of OEM and SVM representatives and guest presentations from fleet operators Jeff Andre, partner and Founder of BuildSense, a local architecture, design, and building firm, and Josh Thompson, Purchasing Manager for Waste Industries, a refuse company operating in 40 Mid-Atlantic and Southeast locations.
The “Compelling Case” workshop series, which began in November 2007 and has been presented more than 60 times all over the country and has reached nearly 8,000 people, is winding down this year. Remaining full-day workshops are slated for Richmond, VA (July 25), Louisville, KY (July 31), Nashville, TN (August 8) and New York, NY (date still to be confirmed with local co-hosts and will be posted soon). A number of additional half-day “mini-workshops” are also slated to be presented as part of other organizations’ NGV events, including Tulsa, OK (September 19), and a series of five for the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environment in September and October.