Southeast Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop

Monday, March 11, 2019 | Tuesday, March 12, 2019


The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the Southeast Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop in Nashville, TN. 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 second 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 develop individual and collective action items to pursue.


 Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Speaker:
    • Sue Gander, NGA

The Electric Vehicle Landscape

EV adoption is projected to grow significantly over the coming years as they become increasingly cost competitive with traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. This session will discuss the trends driving these projections and why states should care.

  • Speaker:
    • Patricio Portillo, NGA

Background & State Introductions

  • Moderator:
    • Garrett Eucalitto, NGA

Crafting Incentives, Developing Policies & Building Consumer Awareness

  • Moderator:
    • Noah Garcia, Transportation Policy Analyst, Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Speakers:
    • Michael Arbuckle, Senior Manager, EV Sales and Fleet Operations, Nissan North America
    • Mike Jones, Transportation Program Manager/Clean Cities Coordinator, Maryland Energy Administration
    • Anne Blair, Director of Energy Efficient Transportation, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Electrifying State Light-Duty Fleets & Transit

  • Moderator:
  • Alexa Voytek, Energy Consultant/Senior Program Manager, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Speakers:
  • Secretary Chuck Brown, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • India Birdsong, Chief Operating Officer, WeGo Public Transit/RTA of Middle Tennessee

Corporate Electrification

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

Charging Infrastructure: What, Where, and How Many?

  • Moderator:
    • Andrew (Drew) Frye, Program Manager of Grid Edge Technology and Electric Vehicle Strategy, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Speakers:
    • Patty Readinger, Manager, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Electrify America
    • Colin Mellor, Eastern Regional Lead, Environmental Policy Unit, North Carolina Department of Transportation
    • Claus Daniel, Director, Sustainable Transportation Program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Electrification for All

  • Moderator:
    • Chris Ayers, Executive Director, North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff
  • Speakers:
    • Shelley Francis, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, EVHybridNoire
    • Keith Dennis, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
    • Brian No, Head of Public Policy, Spin

Who Owns, Operates and Pays for the Infrastructure?

  • Moderator:
    • Nick Nigro, Founder, Atlas Public Policy
  • Speakers:
    • Lincoln Wood, Director of Electric Transportation Policy, Southern Company
    • Ashley Horvat, Vice President, Public & Private Partnerships, Greenlots
    • Marcy Bauer, Director, Program Operations, EVgo
    • Commissioner Norm Saari, Michigan Public Service Commission

Managing the Grid

  • Moderator:
    • Nancy Seidman, Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Speakers:
    • Lang Reynolds, Manager of Electric Transportation, Duke Energy
    • Joyce McLaren, Senior Energy Analyst, Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    • John Halliwell, Technical Executive, Energy Utilization, Electric Power Research Institute

Impacts on State Revenue

  • Speakers:
    • David Greene, Senior Fellow and Research Professor, Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee
    • Faye DiMassimo, Specialist Leader, Deloitte

Alternative Fuel Corridors and Signage

  • Speakers:
    • Diane Turchetta, Transportation Specialist, U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration
    • Alan Jones, Senior Research Analyst, Long Range Planning Division, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Small Group Reflection & Brainstorming Session #2