2019-04-30 National Governors Association

North/Central Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop

April 29 – 30, 2019


The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the North/Central Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop in Kansas City, MO. This workshop brought together western state officials, industry, nonprofits, NGOs and others to discuss Transportation electrification which can help achieve a variety of environmental, economic, energy reliability, resiliency and security goals.Transportation electrification can help achieve a variety of economic, environmental, reliability, resiliency and energy security goals. The transportation sector is moving towards greater electrification across multiple applications including light-duty and transit vehicles, bicycles and scooters, and maritime and aviation, but barriers to wide-spread adoption remain. Consequently, states are considering how to craft policies and incentives, engage stakeholders and improve the planning and financing of charging infrastructure. This is the last of four regional workshops to help states develop strategies for enhancing electric vehicle (EV) incentives and improving the planning and deployment of charging infrastructure and will include time for states to reflect on lessons learned and exchange ideas.



DAY 1 (Monday, April 29)

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Speakers:
    • Sue Gander, Division Director, Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, NGA
    • Ryan Silvey, Chairman, Missouri Public Service Commission

Background & State Introductions

  • Moderator:
    • Garrett Eucalitto, Program Director, Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, NGA

Keynote Address

  • Speaker:
    • Chuck Caisley, Chief Customer Officer, KCP&L

Crafting Incentives, Developing Policies & Building Consumer Awareness

  • Moderator:
    • Nancy Seidman, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Speakers:
    • Brett Williams, Senior Principal Advisor – EV Programs, Center for Sustainable Energy
    • Britta Gross, Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy, GM
    • Rick Tempchin, Senior Fellow, Alliance to Save Energy

Charging Infrastructure: What, Where, and How Many?

  • Moderator:
    • Nick Nigro, Founder, Atlas Public Policy
  • Speakers:
    • Tim Sexton, Chief Sustainability Officer, Minnesota Department of Transportation
    • Grace Van Horn, Consultant, MJ Bradley
    • Wendy Marine, Manager – Electrification, KCP&L

Electrifying State Light-Duty Fleets & Transit

  • Moderator:
    • Melissa Savage, Director, Center for Environmental Excellence, AASHTO
  • Speakers:
    • Amanda Graor, Chief Innovation Officer, Mid-America Regional Council
    • Ryan Daley, CEO, Sawatch Labs
    • John Walsh, Senior VP of Sales, Proterra

Future of Funding 

  • Speaker:
    • Trish Hendren, Executive Director, I-95 Coalition

Electrification for All

  • Moderator:
    • Patricio Portillo, Policy Analyst, Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, NGA
  • Speakers:
    • Mark Faulkenberry, VP of Marketing & Member Relations, Western Farmers Electric Coop.
    • John Howat, Senior Energy Analyst, National Consumer Law Center
    • Shelley Francis, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, EVHybridNoire

Small Group Reflection & Brainstorming Session #1

Small Group Report Out


DAY 2 (Tuesday, April 30)

Managing the Grid

  • Moderator:
    • Sue Gander, Division Director, Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, NGA
  • Speakers:
    • Mathias Bell, Electric Vehicle Program Lead, Xcel Energy
    • Aditya Jayam Prabhakar, Principal Engineer, MISO
    • John Halliwell, Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute

Corporate Electrification

  • Speaker:
    • Steve Chriss, Director of Energy, Walmart

Who Owns, Operates and Pays for the Infrastructure?

  • Moderator:
    • Ryan Silvey, Chairman, Missouri Public Service Commission
  • Speakers:
    • Dan Francis, Customer Policy Insights Manager, AEP
    • Jamie Rubin, North American CEO, Meridiam Infrastructure
    • David Kolata, Executive Director, Illinois Citizens Utility Board
    • Ashley Horvat, VP Public & Private Partnerships, Greenlots

Alternative Fuel Corridors and Signage

  • Speakers:
    • Stephen Costa, Technical Analyst, U.S. DOT Volpe Center
    • Charles Griffith, Climate and Energy Program Director, Ecology Center

Discussion: How Can Governors Promote Transportation Electrification?

  • Moderator:
    • Brielle Stander, Program Assistant,Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, NGA

Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

  • Sue Gander, Division Director, Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, NGA
  • John Shikles, Policy Counsel, Office of Governor Michael L. Parson


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