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Falling Crude Oil Prices Roundtable Discussion Report Out

12.16.15

Rountable Questions:

  1. What words or images from this slide catch you attention?
  2. What headlines have you been reading or seen in the news this week or month related to crude oil prices?
  3. What do you think of when I say the words "falling oil prices?"
  4. What concerns you?
  5. What is the importance of the price of oil? Why should we care about falling oil prices?
  6. What implications does this have for the national Clean Cities program?
  7. What opportunities could exist?
  8. What does this mean for the next year? Or next 5 years?
  9. What kind of decisions do we need to make as a Clean Cities Coalition?

Items to Consider:

New Realities

  • OEM's and suppliers costs are down leading to cost to do new fuels/technology are more feasible
  • Alternative fuels now available almost everywhere

Focus on

  • Maintenance protocols are improving for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) leading to reduced costs
  • Reliability of AFVs improving leading to proven performance (not an unknown)
  • Communicating value to potential users we need to tap into knowledge gained by early adopters (i.e. learning curves, best practices)
  • Local governments need to augment budget process and mechanisms to better favor innovation shifts to new technology (i.e. allowing departments to keep cost savings)
  • Education and outreach around variety of petroleum reduction programs and technologies (i.e. anti-idling, telematics)
  • Myth busting about various fuels, technolgy and vehicles: making sure dealers are better prepared/knowledgeable on AFVs, providing clarity on source of electricity for EVs (air quality impacts)

Diversification as a strategy

  • Focus on pros of alternative technologies
  • Focus on long-term thinking vs. short term (where will we be in 2020?)
  • Different duty cycles will be met by variety of fuels and vehicles

 

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