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E-M:/ Energy Tour in Southfield tomorrow
- Subject: E-M:/ Energy Tour in Southfield tomorrow
- From: "Vicki Levengood" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001 16:48:15 -0400
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- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
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Media Advisory for August 9, 2001
AMERICA'S ENERGY FUTURE: The Choice is
Right now, a policy debate in Washington, D.C., could set the course of
American energy policy for the next 10 to 20 years. At its most basic
level, the debate focuses on whether the U.S. is going to devote its
dollars to older forms of generating energy like coal and oil, or spend
its resources developing 21st century technologies such as energy-efficient
products, renewable technologies, and highly efficient fuel cells.
The Bush Administration claims that it will be impossible to make the
transition from coal and oil to natural gas and ultimately renewable power
because it will reduce the American standard of living. In fact,
efficient technologies that help eliminate waste, energy efficiency can
enable Americans to do more with less -- less energy wasted, less money spent on
electricity bills, and less health-threatening pollution.
Future" is touring selected cities to help people understand the real choices
for America, and the impact they will have on the environment.
What: AMERICA'S ENERGY CHOICES ON DISPLAY IN SOUTHFIELD,
Hybrid fuel vehicles: America's Energy Future tour
features one of the mostadvanced automobiles available today, the Toyota Prius,
capable of getting over 50 miles to the gallon. The car uses hybrid
technologies that combine a traditional combustion engine
and an electric motor.
Solar power and energy-efficient appliances: The solar
powered energy trailer creates enough power from solar panels outfitted on the
roof to meet the entire electric demand of the vehicle, including its Energy
Star air conditioner, computer, and refrigerator. In fact, the retrofitted
Airstream trailer produces excess electricity that can be sold back to the
electricity grid where net metering is allowed.
Hydrogen fuel cells, wind power: Other renewable and
high-efficiency energy devices including compact fluorescent light bulbs and
renewable power products are also highlighted on the tour.
M-Pulse Solar Car: University of Michigan School of
Engineering's cutting-edge solar vehicle -- winners of the 2001 American
Solar Challenge, the nation's longest solar-powered car race
When: Thursday, Aug. 9, 12 noon news conference
(some displays available 9 am -- 3 pm)
Tel-Twelve Mall, Twelve Mile and Telegraph Roads, Southfield
Members of the M-Pulse Solar Car Team, University of Michigan School of
Top executives of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., Troy, MI -- Time
Magazine's "Heroes of the Planet"http://www.ovonic.com
-- Dr. Alastair
Livesey, Director of Hydrogen Energy systems at ECD, overseeing ECD's fuel cell
and hydrogen storage technologies
-- Dr. Subhash Dhar, President of Ovonic
Battery Company, ECD, overseeing nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) rechargeable
-- Dr. Subhendu Guha, President of United Solar and
Bekaert ECD, overseeing solar panels and systems
Rev. Charles Morris, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Wyandotte. --
Recognized by the EPA as an "2001 Energy Star Congregation" award winner, one of
only 7 in the U.S.
State Representative David Woodward, D-Royal Oak, Energy and Technology
Committee, Michigan House of Representatives.
For More Information Contact: Vicki Levengood @
517-333-5786, or 517-230-3968 day of event.
Cathy Bartch or Santi Roberts @
(202) 887-1354, (202) 887-8855. B-roll and photos available