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E-M:/ Energy Tour in Southfield tomorrow

Media Advisory for August 9, 2001

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 tax
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, with
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.
"America's Energy Future" is touring selected cities to help people understand the real choices for America, and the impact they will have on the environment.
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 electric-gasoline
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)
Where:  Tel-Twelve Mall, Twelve Mile and Telegraph Roads, Southfield Michigan
Members of the M-Pulse Solar Car Team, University of Michigan School of Engineering
Top executives of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., Troy, MI -- Time Magazine's "Heroes of the Planet"
-- 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 battery technology
-- 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