Taking clean energy on the road

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  • By Brian Shreve
  • Robins Public Affairs
Clean energy was the name of the game as the Georgia Alternative Fueled Vehicle Roadshow rolled into the Museum of Aviation.

The event, June 19, showcased an array of vehicles running on electricity, propane, biodiesel, natural gas or solar energy and featured presentations by advocates there to educate the public on the economic and environmental benefits of embracing domestic alternative forms of fuel.

"The idea is to simply put the facts out there about each separate fuel because there are a lot of misconceptions," said Joy Kramer, tour director.

The roadshow will visit eight cities across the southeast.

The seminar portion of the event began with 1st Lt. Andrew Shurman, 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight, speaking on behalf of Robins and its role in the mission to promote energy-efficient standards.

"We're working to do our part to be good stewards of the environment as we head into the future," said Shurman.

Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service commissioner and founder of the roadshow, then presented Robins with the sustainability recognition award, commending it for such innovations as the museum running on clean energy, the base's use of energy-efficient light bulbs and its commitment to install eco-friendly heating and cooling systems.

"I really see the military, your base and our state leading the way," he said. "These old habits can be broken with the right discipline."

Echols said the state is at the forefront in regards to solar energy and electric cars partly due to legislation which gives Georgians an additional $5,000 in state tax credits along with the federal tax credit of $7,500 for purchasing an electric vehicle.