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2:30 PM TODAY: On-the-Record Conference Call with Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal and Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman to Discuss the President’s Trip to Holland, Michigan to Tour the Johnson Controls I

August 10, 2011 - 11:27am

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal and Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman will hold an on-the-record conference call to preview the President’s trip tomorrow to Holland, MI to tour the Johnson Controls Inc. advanced battery facility.  While at Johnson Controls, the President will highlight the key role innovative technologies will play in helping automakers achieve the historic fuel economy standards, establishing U.S. leadership in advanced vehicle manufacturing, spurring economic growth, and creating high-quality domestic jobs in cutting edge industries across America.

Tomorrow’s trip builds on the President’s recent announcement of historic fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks which will bring fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon by Model Year 2025 and which, combined with steps already taken by this administration, will save American families $1.7 trillion at the pump and reduce oil consumption by 12 billion barrels by 2025.  It also builds on yesterday’s announcement of first-of-their-kind fuel-efficiency standards for work trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles, which will save American businesses who operate and own these commercial vehicles approximately $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program.

On the call, Deputy Secretary Poneman will also discuss advanced vehicle grants awarded today by the Department of Energy to improve the efficiency of the next generation of American cars. 

WHO:   Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
              Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Energy

WHAT: On-the-record conference call to preview the President’s trip to Holland, MI to tour the Johnson Controls Inc. advanced battery facility

WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 2:30PM ET

RSVP: Media who want to attend this call should dial (800) 553-5260 and ask to join the “Johnson Controls Preview Call.”  No passcode is necessary

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