For Immediate Release: October 26, 2017

SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard joins national commission to reduce transportation energy use

“50 by 50” commission includes leaders from across private and public sectors

Story: SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard will serve on a national commission launched today by the Alliance to Save Energy that will develop recommendations to reduce energy use in the U.S. transportation sector by 50 percent by 2050 while meeting future mobility needs.

“Electric vehicles will play a huge role in this national effort to reduce energy use in the transportation sector,” said Orchard. “SMUD has been a leader in electric vehicle research for nearly 30 years, partnering with vehicle manufacturers and numerous technology companies to test and optimize EVs and equipment. We’re proud to lend our expertise to this commission and help support our goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality across the country.”

The Alliance Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency (Commission) is comprised of leaders representing vehicle manufacturers, utilities, federal agencies, cities, environmental and consumer groups, infrastructure providers and public transit. The Commission is convened by the Alliance to Save Energy, the leading national coalition advocating for enhancing energy productivity—doing more with less energy.

Transportation represents roughly one-third of U.S. energy consumption. The sector is undergoing a transformational change—ranging from the increased viability of alternative fuels such as electrification to advanced vehicle technologies, automation and shared mobility—offering enormous opportunities to improve energy efficiency. Improvements in efficiency will create jobs, improve energy security, boost competitiveness, save businesses and consumers money, and reduce emissions.

The Commission will work through six Technical Committees (Light-Duty Vehicles; Non-Road Vehicles; Heavy-Duty and Freight Vehicles; Enabling Infrastructure; Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Shared Mobility and Automation; and Outreach and Implementation) to develop the regulatory, policy and investment pathways to achieve the “50x50” goal. Following an outside peer-review process, the Commission will publish a final report, and engage local, state, and national officials, key stakeholder groups and the public to act on the recommendations.

Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy, said: “Transportation in the United States is changing rapidly and it presents an enormous opportunity to improve mobility while at the same time saving energy. We’re bringing together experts from across this sector because we need a comprehensive approach to maximize the energy efficiency gains. The response to our invitations has been overwhelming and we’re eager to see this group put their heads together.”

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