Austin Energy's Roger Duncah
Austin Energy's Roger Duncan moderates January 24, 2006 press conference announcing the launch of the Plug-In Partners. Plug-in hybrids will offer 20-60 miles of electric-power driving range in concert with flexible fueled internal combustion engine. The City of Austin and Austin Energy are the initiators of the Plug-In Partners.

Plug-In Hybrids Go Grassroots

January 24th National Press Club press conference featuring key supporters of Plug-In Partners

By EV World

The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. served as the platform for announcing the launch of a grassroots effort by cities, electric utilities and public policy coalitions to develop market demand for electric plug-in hybrids.

Coincidentally, on the same day, MSNBC was running an unscientific online public opinion poll asking its readers and viewers if they supported the Partners’s "strategy of joining forces to lobby carmakers?"

If early results from that poll are any indication, the Plug-In Partners' job may be a lot easier than they imagine. Out of 3324 responses so far, 82% agreed with the need to create demand momentum for automakers to invest in the technology. 18% viewed it as a "waste of taxpayer money by cities. Carmakers will know when and if to build plug-in hybrids."

Launched by the city of Austin, Texas, the Partners’s goal is to recruit the support of American cities and public utilities that in turn will help create the necessary market pull for plug-in hybrid vehicles by fleets and private consumers. The hope is that with sufficient public interest and demand, carmakers, who have been reluctant to invest in the technology, will respond with viable, affordable product, from cars to delivery vans.

The press conference consisted of three segments: a nine-person panel, an 8-minute video introduction, and a 30-minute question and answer session. The press conference was moderated by Roger Duncan, with Austin Energy.

You may download to your computer hard drive any of the three files for later playback on your favorite MP3 device, or if you have Flash installed, you can listen to each using EV World’s built-in MP3 Player in the right-hand column below the photograph.

EV World expresses it's thanks to the City of Austin, Austin Energy, and the Plug-In Partners coalition for making this event possible and available to our listeners. All three audio files will also be available via XML Podcast and on Apple’s iTunes service.

Austin Mayor Will Wynn

Deputy Sect. Charles Fox

James Woolsey

Frank Gaffney

Kateri Callahan

Joseph Romm

Dr. Andy Frank

Sen. Orin Hatch

Founding Plug-In Partners:


Arlington, TX
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD
Corpus Christi, TX
Denver, CO
Fort Worth, TX
Irvine, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Seattle, WA
Wenatchee, WA

Counties and Local Governments

Austin Community College, TX
Port of Chelan County, WA
Sarasota County, FL
Travis County, TX
Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council, WA

Biofuel Organizations

American Corn Growers Association, DC
Soybean Producers of America, DC


American Lung Association, TX
Apollo Alliance, WA
Association of Energy Engineers, TX
Association of Energy Engineers (Local Chapter, TX)
Austin/San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers,TX
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), CA
Institute of Electrical and Energy Engineers, TX
Institute of Electrical and Energy Engineers (IEEE), TX
NY State Energy & Research Development Agency (NYSERDA), NY
Public Technology Institute, DC
Sun Day Campaign, MD
Travis County Green Party, TX

National/Local Environmental Groups

Alliance to Save Energy, DC
American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), DC
Blue Water Network (a division of Friends of the Earth), CA
California Cars Initiative, CA
Clean Air Coalition, TX
Clean Air Force of Central Texas, TX
Colorado Energy Group, CO
Earth Policy Institute, DC
Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC
Energy Future Coalition, DC
Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), DC
Green Strategies, Inc., DC
Institute for Environmental Research and Education (IERE), WA
Plug-in America
Stella Group, Ltd., DC
Sustainable Dallas, TX

National Security Organizations

Center for American Progress, DC
Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, MD
Set America Free Coalition, MD

National Utility Associations

American Public Power Association, DC
Edison Electric Institute, DC

Public Power Utilities

Akron Municipal Utility, IA
Alameda Power & Telecom, CA
American Municipal Power-Ohio, OH
American Samoa Power Authority, AS
Anaheim Public Utilities, CA
Arcadia Electric Utility, WI
Arizona Municipal Power Users' Association, AZ
Austin Energy, TX
Austin Utilities, MN
Barnesville Municipal Power, MN
Beach City Board of Public Affairs, OH
Benton PUD, WA
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities – BGMU, KY
Braintree Electric Light, MA
Brigham City Corp., UT
Bristol Virginia Utilities, VA
Buffalo Municipal Service, MN
Burbank Water & Power, CA
Cavalier Light & Power Plant, ND
Cedarburg Light & Water Commission, WI
Chelan County PUD, WA
City of Batavia, IL
City of Bentonville, AR
City of Camilla, GA
City of Chanute, KS
City of Columbiana, OH
City of Edmond Utility, OK
City of Gunnison Utility, CO
City of Holdrege Utility, NE
City of Lake City Electric Utility, MN
City of Lamar Utility, MO
City of Mansfield Utility, GA
City of Mesa Electric Utility, AZ
City of Naperville Department of Public Utilities, IL
City of Redding Electric Utility, CA
City of Safford Utility, AZ
City of St. Charles Utility, IL
City Utilities of Springfield, MO
Clark Public Utilities, WA
Clarksville Dept. of Electricity, TN
Clintonville Water & Electric, WI
Columbia Power & Water Systems, TN
Concord Municipal Light Plant, MA
Cowlitz County PUD, WA
CPS Energy, TX
Cumberland Municipal Utility, WI
Cuyahoga Falls Electric, OH
Danvers Electric Division, MA
Danville Department of Utilities, VA
Douglas County PUD, WA
Emerald People's Utility District, OR
Energy Northwest, WA
Erwin Utilities, TN
Farmington Electric Utility System, NM
Frankfort Electric & Water, KY
Freeport Electric, Freeport, NY
Garland Power & Light, TX
Hagerstown Municipal Light Dept, IN
Heber Light & Power, UT
Imperial Irrigation District, CA
Independence Light & Power, IA
Indianola Municipal Utilities, IA
Jackson Utilities & Public Works, MO
Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, KS
Kirkwood Electric Department, MO
Klickitat County PUD, WA
Lakeland Electric, FL
Lebanon Utilities, IN
Lewes Board of Public Works, DE
Lewis County PUD, WA
Lodi Electric, CA
Long Island Power Authority, NY
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, CA
Loup River Public Power District, NE
Lower Colorado River Authority, TX
Maquoketa Municipal Electric Utility, IA
Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric, MA
McMinnville Electric System, TN
McMinnville Water & Light, OR
Meade Municipal Plant, KS
Memphis Light and Gas, TN
Monmouth Power & Light, OR
Murray City Power, UT
Nebraska Public Power District, NE
New York Power Authority, NY
Omaha Public Power District, NE
Pacific County PUD No. 2, WA
Paducah Power System, KY
Paris Board of Public Utilities, TN
Pasadena Water & Power, CA
Pend Oreille County PUD, WA
Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, SC
Princeton Municipal Utilities, IL
Red Cloud Municipal Electric Dept., NE
Rochester Public Utility, MN
Rock Falls Electric Department, IL
Rock Hill Utilities, SC
Roseville Electric, CA
Sacramento Municipal Utility District, CA
Salt River Project, AZ
Scottsboro Electric Power Board, AL
Seattle City Light, WA
Shelby Division of Electricity & Telecommunications, OH
Snohomish County PUD, WA
Solvay Electric Department, NY
Southern California Public Power Authority, CA
Spencerport Electric Dept., NY
Stephen Municipal Utilities, MN
Stoughton Utilities, WI
Tell City Electric Department, Tell City, IN
Town of Haxtun Utility, CO
Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, CA
Utilities Plus/CMMPA, MN
Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, VT
Village of Paw Paw Utility, MI
Village of Rouses Point Utility, NY
Wadsworth Electric and Communications, OH
Washington Public Utility Districts Association, WA
Watertown Municipal Utilities, SD
Waverly Light & Power, IA
Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission, MN
Wisconsin Public Power Inc., WI

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Published: 24-Jan-2006


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