After going virtual for 2 years, the Clean Fuels Summit returns, bigger and better, revealing an appetite for smaller, regional “Boutique” clean transportation conferences and networking opportunities.
The Clean Fuels Summit 2023, hosted by two Clean Cities Coalitions: Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuels Partnership, brought together a vast array of professionals in the transportation industry to make connections and share knowledge. Utilities, manufacturers, distributors, non-profit organizations and more were present to benefit from this unique “boutique” conference at the Raising Cane’s River Center in downtown Baton Rouge this past April.
The event consisted of presentations and panels on topics of local and regional interest featuring nationally renowned experts, a large expo hall, and a notable keynote presentation by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
The educational sessions covered topics such as hydrogen as a transportation fuel, Justice40, “Designing the Truck Stop of the Future”, “Innovations in Maritime Decarbonization Efforts”, fleet case studies, “Walmart’s Energy and Transportation Transformation”, and updates on the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program. The wide range of topics ensured that relevant sessions were available to all attendees.
“The Clean Fuels Summit exceeded my expectations to explore
the diversity in the future of clean fuels. The deep dive into the strategies
and advancements was excellent.” – David. L.
Over 30 exhibitors were present at the accompanying expo hall which was filled with alternative fuel vehicles such as an array of light duty passenger EVs from local dealerships Gerry Lane Chevrolet and Hollingsworth Ford, an electric yard truck from Orange EV, and electric work trucks from Kenworth and Peterbilt.
“I was floored by the size and quality of the vendor expo.” – Richard B.
The keynote speakers of the conference were Ken McQueen, Oklahoma’s Cabinet Secretary of Energy and Environment, and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. The Governor emphasized that Louisiana, a state that has been at the heart of the American energy sector, is working to build additional infrastructure to continue to help fuel the nation. He discussed the State’s Climate Initiatives Taskforce and mentioned the potential for a hydrogen hub to be developed in Louisiana’s region. Secretary McQueen also emphasized the growing importance of Hydrogen and the need to keep up with growing energy demands while oil production slows.
“We’ve been known as an energy state for 100 years. If we want to be an energy state 30 years from now, 40 years from now, then we better do the things that we’re talking about,” Edwards said at the Clean Fuels Summit, a two-day conference in downtown Baton Rouge hosted by Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership. “Otherwise, investment is not going to come here.” – John Bel Edwards via The Advocate, 2023
Governor Edwards graciously spent additional time touring the expo hall and visited with many of the local and National vendors. To view photos from the event, visit the LCF Flickr page.
“Excellent event, great way to meet key sustainable energy executives in Louisiana.”
– David. W.
“I really appreciated getting to talk to vendors about their products
and getting to see the technology first-hand.
I thought it was impressive how many vehicles were brought in for the expo.”
– Lucy F.