Interview With Ronald Flowers at the 2011 Clean Cities Stakeholder Summit

Uploaded by CleanCitiesTV on 21.11.2012

Dave Gardy here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Clean Cities stakeholder summit and I'm here with Ron Flowers
with the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition. Thanks for joining us. Excellent to be here. How're you
doing? I'm doing well. It's been an exciting day, we've had an opportunity to not only participate in a very
constructive kind of way but it's been about looking at all this new technology that's out here. I looked at something
today with the whole issue of the hybrid diesel related to hybrid fuels and all so it's been exciting. Tell us a little
about the Greater Washington Regional Clean Cities coalition. What're some of the projects you're working on? Right now
we're working on two exciting projects I consider very exciting. One has to do with bringing a biodiesel production
facility to the District of Columbia. We have been working with a group called DC Biofuels. They're looking at
establishing a facility in Northeast Washington. We're also working with the University and College community and
getting them more involved in the altfuels program. One of our board members, Jeremy Rother is a vice president of
sustainability and special projects at Georgetown University and he's heading up that project to get the colleges and
you know we have a lot of them in the greater Washington DC area so that's exciting. So in addition to biofuels what
other technologies are being looked at by your stakeholders that you're working with? We're looking at Natural gas,
natural gas has been a stable in the Washington area. We have quite a few stakeholders currently using natural gas and
we're hoping to expand that use by improving the infrastructure. E-85 is another alt-fuel that's being used greatly
particularly by the federal fleets within our area. Those are two that have been very prominent in the Washington area.
Do you get involved with the federal agencies because they're located in Washington, DC? Oh yes. When you think about
it, they're more federal fleets running around Washington than any other fleet. So we are working close with them trying
to help improve the availability of infrastructure in the greater Washington area to support the number of vehicles that
they have. In the case of ESC when're we going to see some charging stations and where would they be located? Right now
we have some charging stations in and around the district of Columbia. They have charging stations out at Baltimore,
Washington Marshall Airport. We have a public metered station right at 14th and U street NW Washington. They're coming.
Out in Silver Springs, Maryland at one of the strip malls right there off East/West highway and Coles Road, there are
charging stations so we're working in fact tomorrow two charging stations will be inaugurated at Union Stations by a car
charging systems. They'll be in the parking garage on level one if anybody's looking. I've been looking for spots in
that parking garage before. Well excellent. It's so good to hear all these exciting programs happening especially since
we're you're neighbor across the river there. The Clean Cities TV studio in Northern Virginia. It's good to know there
is so much penetration in diverse alternative fuel strategies. Oh yes and I think as folk and as individuals say, there
is no one solution but I think we have to take advantage of giving people a choice but also making them aware that the
choice is there and providing the infrastructure. That's the Key. I'm with Ron Flowers Ron thanks for joining us,
neighbor. Thank you for having me. Here from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stay tuned for more of the Clean Cities
stakeholders Summit.