Policy Academy on Electric & Alternative Fuel Vehicles 2014—Seattle, WA—Meeting Archive

State lawmakers from nine states attended the CSG Policy Academy on Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles August 7-8, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The group heard how state and local government programs in the area are encouraging the proliferation of such vehicles. Representatives of the automotive industry and energy sector also took part in the event. Speakers also discussed California’s unique legislative landscape and policy efforts to encourage ultra-low carbon transportation. Finally, attendees got a chance to see electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other sustainable transportation programs in the Seattle region. This meeting archive includes PowerPoint presentations from several policy academy speakers, photos from the event and additional resources and links for further reading.

Policy Academy on Electric & Alternative Fuel Vehicles

August 7-8, 2014, Seattle, Washington

Final Agenda

Speaker Bios

Attendee Bios

Policy Roundtable

The policy academy opened with a policy roundtable comprised of two panels. The first featured state and local government officials and the second featured industry stakeholders. Below are PowerPoint presentations or other materials from many of the speakers who participated.

State & Local Government Panel

Topics: West Coast Electric Highway and Washington’s EV Action Plan

Topic: Strategies Washington state is using to encourage the use of electric & alternative fuel vehicles in local government vehicle fleets

Topic: Impact of alternative fuels/high mileage vehicles on gas tax revenues for transportation funding and Washington’s exploration of a mileage-based user fee.

Topic: Regional partnerships between government and the private sector to build EV infrastructure and to promote policies to reduce petroleum consumption

  • Andrea Pratt, City of Seattle, Green Fleet Coordinator

Topic: Seattle’s Green Fleet Action Plan

Industry Panel

Topic: Electric & Alternative Fuel Vehicles and the Auto Industry

Topic: Electric grid impacts of EV charging and related policy concerns

Topic: Trends in the proliferation of electric vehicles and energy policy considerations

Topic: Propane as a vehicle fuel & policy considerations

Topic: The delivery company’s diverse fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and implications for policy

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Tour—Mercer Island City Hall

Policy academy attendees also had the opportunity to tour electric vehicle charging infrastructure at Mercer Island’s City Hall. Sustainability and Communications Manager Ross Freeman led the tour. Below are photos from the stop.

California’s Legislative Landscape & Ultra-Low Carbon Policy Efforts

Day two of the policy academy began with a panel examining California’s unique legislative landscape and policy efforts to encourage ultra-low carbon transportation. Speakers included Max Baumhefner of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Robert Bienenfeld of Honda.

Topic: California’s legislative landscape and policy efforts to encourage ultra-low carbon transportation

  • Robert Bienenfeld, Honda, Senior Mgr., Environment & Energy Strategy and California Fuel Cell Partnership, Chairman

Topic: Policies to encourage ultra-low carbon transportation

Seattle 2030 District Tour

The policy academy wrapped up with a walking tour of buildings in the Downtown Seattle district where a public-private collaborative is helping to apply strategies to reduce environmental impacts of building construction and operations including in the area of transportation. The tour was led by Seattle 2030 District Executive Director Brian Geller.

Stops included:

  • King Street Station, Seattle’s historic rail station, which was restored in 2013 and which earned a LEED Platinum certification.
  • Seattle Municipal Tower, which has a fleet of 40 Nissan Leafs with dedicated network chargers; and
  • The Dexter Horton Building, where a newly opened, street-level transit hub and bike facility serves tenants.

Below are photos from the tour.

CSG thanks the Edison Electric Institute, Global Automakers and Nissan North America for their support of this policy academy.

Further Reading on Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Policy