The Energy Independence Summit is the nation’s premier clean transportation policy summit.

The 2021 all virtual summit will bring together leaders of the nation’s Clean Cities Coalitions, the clean transportation industry, the Biden Administration and Congress to discuss new strategies for advancing markets for clean fuels and vehicles.

The 2021 All Virtual Summit will include two key components:


Roundtables with Administration and Congressional Leaders

March 17-19

Participate in roundtable discussions with leaders of the Biden Administration’s clean transportation team, key Congressional committees, federal agencies, and the electric vehicle, natural gas, propane, biofuels, and hydrogen industries. Learn the latest about tax incentives, infrastructure investments and funding opportunities.

Capitol Hill Week Meetings with Congressional Offices

March 22-26

Participate in Capitol Hill Week, where we will hold more than 300 virtual meetings with House and Senate offices. This will be a great opportunity to showcase how your fuels, technologies, and projects are reducing emissions and creating thousands of clean energy jobs in communities across America.

The 2021 Energy Independence Summit will provide an important opportunity to build on our recent successes. With the new Biden Administration and a new Congress recently taking office, there will be renewed focus on practical solutions to climate change that will create thousands of new clean energy jobs.

Preliminary Agenda

All times listed are Eastern Time

Wednesday March 17

2:00 pm  | Welcome and Opening Remarks

• Alleyn Harned, President, Transportation Energy Partners (Virginia Clean Cities)
• Ken Brown, Executive Director, Transportation Energy Partners

2:15 - 2:30 pm  | Retirement Tribute to Lee Grannis, Greater New Haven Clean Cities

• Carl Lisek, Executive Director, Indiana Clean Cities
• Kimberly Taylor, Director of Member Services Calstart (TEP Board)

2:30 - 2:45pm  | Roundtable with Senator Ron Wyden (OR), CHairman, Senate Finance Commitee

• Introductory Remarks: Lindsay Fitzgerald, DIrector, Government Affairs, Renewable Energy Group
• Introduction: Michael Graham, Policy Director, Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition

2:45 - 3:30pm  | Outlook for Clean Transportation Policy Under the Biden Administration and New Congress

• Genevieve Cullen, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association
• Allison Cunningham, Director, Federal Government Affairs, NGVAmerica
• David Cobb, Director of Federal Affairs, National Biodiesel Board
• Michael Baker, Director, Legislative Affairs, National Propane Gas Association
• Moderator: Ken Brown, Executive Director, Transportation Energy Partners

3:30 - 4:00pm  | Roundtable with New Department of Transportation Leadership

• Andrew Wishnia, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, US Department of Transportation
• Introductory Remarks: Karen Coble-Edwards, Consultant to United Soybean Board

Thursday March 18

2:00 - 2:30pm  | Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA), Co-Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force

• Introduction: Alleyn Harned, President, Transportation Energy Partners (Virginia Clean Cities)

2:30 - 3:15pm  | New Strategies for Advancing Clean Transportation Solutions:
Roundtable Discussion on Developing a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard

• Brendan Jordan, Vice President, Great Plains Institute
• Geoff Cooper, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
• Graham Noyes, Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
• Moderator: Sam Spofforth, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Fuels Ohio

3:15 - 4:00pm  | Preparing for Capitol Hill Week Congressional Meetings

• Ken Brown, Executive Director, Transportation Energy Partners
• Tammie Bostick, Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities

4:00 - 4:30pm  | Roundtable with Kathy Dedrick, Staff Director, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

• Introductory Remarks: Josh Cohen, Director of Policy, Greenlots
• Introduction: Michael Graham, Policy Director, Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition

4:30 - 5:00pm  | Team Meetings to Prepare for Capitol Hill Week

Each of the 25 Capitol Week Teams will have separate Zoom sessions
to prepare for next week’s meetings with Congressional offices.

Friday March 19

1:00 - 1:30pm  | Roundtable with U.S. EPA Transportation and Climate Leadership

• Karl Simon, Director, Transportation and Climate Division, U.S. EPA

1:30 - 2:00pm  | Roundtable with House Energy and Commerce Committee Staff

• Rick Kessler, Senior Advisor & Staff Director for Energy and Environment, House Committee on Energy & Commerce
• Adam Fischer, Majority Staff, House Committee on Energy & Commerce
• Introduction: Chuck Feinberg, Executive Director, New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition

2:00 - 2:30pm  | Roundtable with U.S. Department of Energy Transportation Leadership

• Michael Berube, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy
• Introductory Remarks: Todd Mouw, President, Roush CleanTech

2:30 - 3:15pm  | How Should the Federal Government Invest $1 Billion to Deploy Clean School Buses

• Stephen Whaley, Director of Autogas Business Development, Propane Education Research Council
• Kevin Matthews, Government Affairs, Blue Bird Corporation
• John Benish, Jr., President and COO, Cook-Illinois Corporation
• James Mora, President, X3CNG Colorado
• Moderator: Ken Brown

3:15 - 3:30pm  | Closing Remarks

• Alleyn Harned, President, Transportation Energy Partners (Virginia Clean Cities)

Capitol Hill Week: March 22-26

Meetings with Congressional Offices
There will be more than 25 teams comprised of Summit participants meeting with 300 House and Senate offices from over 35 states.

For more information on how you can participate in Capitol Week, please contact Jacob Schwemlein at or 513-370-9512

Monday March 29

2:00 - 3:00pm | Debrief Capitol Hill Week Meetings with Congressional Offices

2021 Registration Rates

2020 TEP membership dues must be paid in full prior to EIS for TEP Members to receive the discounted registration rates.

Clean Cities Coalition Coordinators and Staff Members

$95* | TEP Members
*One free registration if you recruit 5 or more local stakeholders OR two free registrations if you recruit 10 or more stakeholders.

$155* | TEP Non-members
*$100 refund credit if you refer 5 or more local stakeholders registrations OR free registration if you bring 10 more stakeholders.

Local Coalition Stakeholder

$155* | Early Bird

$255* | Regular (starts on 3/6/2021)

*This rate is only for those with small local and regional companies that are stakeholders of a local or regional Clean Cities Coalition. It is not for representatives of larger, national or international companies. The registrant must list the local Coalition when registering in order to take advantage of this special discounted rate.

Non-Profits and Government

$195 | Early Bird

$295 | Regular (starts on 3/6/2021)



$375 | Early Bird

$475 | Regular (starts on 3/6/2021)

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