As Congress and the Bush Administration tackle the future of energy policy in our country, two leaders at West Virginia University are spreading the word on Capitol Hill about the benefits of alternative fuels. Al Ebron, Executive Director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), and Richard Bajura, Director of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy, met Feb. 8 with the West Virginia Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill. 

�€?In the midst of the current national energy crisis, it is important that the NAFTC play a role in informing and educating Congress about the future potential of alternative fuel usage,�€? said Ebron. �€?The NAFTC is currently providing industry and local governments with the training and tools to help improve our nations air quality and dependence on foreign oils

For almost a decade the NAFTC has addressed the urgent need for training and support for alternative fuel vehicle technicians. Housed at West Virginia University, the NAFTC provides the training infrastructure for implementing widespread use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, increasing our nations energy security and improving air quality by reducing greenhouse emissions from our transportation system.

The NAFTC is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of
Energy and other government agencies as the leading alternative fuel vehicle training organization in the United States.  Nationally known customers of the NAFTC include the U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service (UPS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

�€?Through the generous support of U.S. Senator Robert Byrd and Congressman Alan Mollohan, our program has been given the opportunity to enhance our training and products on both the state and national level,�€? said Ebron. �€?We now have 20 National Training Centers throughout the country which have trained more than 3,000 technicians and students in the use of alternative fuels.�€?

To date, the NAFTC network includes National Training Centers in nineteen states and approximately 80 affiliate and associate members.  Members from each National Training Center are on Capitol Hill today meeting with their respective Congressional delegations.