West Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop |

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Friday, April 5, 2019


The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the West Regional Transportation Electrification Workshop in Seattle, WA. 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. The transportation sector is moving towards greater electrification across multiple applications including light-duty and transit vehicles, bicycles and scooters, and maritime and aviation. However, questions about what this transition should look like, and 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 third of four regional workshops to help states develop strategies and improve the planning and deployment of charging infrastructure, as well as electric vehicle (EV) incentive programs. The workshop will include time for participants to reflect on lessons learned and exchange ideas.


DAY 1 (Thursday, April 4)

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Speaker:
    • Sue Gander, NGA

Background & State Introductions

Crafting Incentives, Developing Policies, and Building Consumer Awareness

  •  Moderator:
    • Charles Knutson, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
  • Speakers:
    • Janea Scott, Vice Chair, California Energy Commission
    • David Bauer, Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Hyundai Motors
    • J.R. DeShazo, Ph.D., Director, Luskin Center for Innovation, UCLA

Charging Infrastructure: What, Where, and How Many?

  • Moderator:
    • Miles Muller, Clean Energy Legal Fellow, NRDC
  • Speakers:
    • Zachary Owens, Program Manager, Transportation Fuels & Technology, Colorado Energy Office
    • Annie Schneider, Program Specialist, Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development
    • Matt Nelson, Director of Government Affairs, Electrify America
    • Matteo Muratori, Ph.D., Engineer, Integrated Transportation and Energy Systems, NREL

Electrification for All

  • Moderator:
    • Jeff Allen, Executive Director, Forth
  • Speakers:
    • Bryan Hannegan, President and CEO, Holy Cross Energy
    • Joel Espino, Environmental Equity Legal Counsel, Greenlining Institute
    • Jose Chi, Multicultural Outreach Manager, ECOSS

The Future of EV Fleets, TNCs, and Shared Mobility

  • Speaker:
    • Mollie D’Agostino, Policy Director, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Davis

Remarks from The Honorable Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

Small Group Reflection & Brainstorming Session

Small Group Report Out


DAY 2 (Friday April 5)

Who Owns, Operates and Pays for the Infrastructure?

  • Moderator:
    • Sue Gander, Division Director, National Governors Association
  • Speakers:
    • Ashley Horvat, VP Public & Private Partnerships, Greenlots
    • Eli Morris, Sr. Planning Manager – Customer Solutions, Pacific Power
    • Phil Jones, Executive Director, Alliance for Transportation Electrification

Managing the Grid

  • Moderator:
    • Chris Nelder, Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Speakers:
    • David Danner, Chairman, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
    • Nancy Ryan, Partner, E3
    • Bryce Yonker, Executive Director, Smart Grid Northwest

Impact on State Revenue

  • Speaker:
    • Maureen Bock, OReGO Program Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation

Electrifying State Light-Duty Fleets & Transit

  • Moderator:
    • Melissa Savage, Director, Center for Environmental Excellence, AASHTO
  • Speakers:
    • Hanna Waterstrat, Assistant Director, State Efficiency and Environmental Performance, Washington Department of Commerce
    • Ryan Daley, CEO, Sawatch Labs
    • Rob Gannon, General Manager, King County Metro

Alternative Fuel Corridors and Signage

  • Speaker:
    • Tonia Buell, Project Development Manager, Washington Department of Transportation

Discussion: How Can Governors Promote Transportation Electrification?

  • Moderator:
    • Matt Rogotzke, NGA