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
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
- Tonia Buell, Washington State Department of Transportation, Project Development and Communications Manager for Public-Private Partnerships
Topics: West Coast Electric Highway and Washington’s EV Action Plan
- Peter Moulton, Washington State Department of Commerce, Emerging Technologies Team Lead & State Bioenergy Coordinator
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.
- Scott DeWees, Western Washington Clean Cities, Coordinator
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: 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.
- 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
- Alternative Fuels Data Center, U.S. Department of Energy.
- “Cheap gas, limited range curb appeal,” The Register-Guard, January 4, 2015.
- “States put fees on EVs as declining gas tax revenues hurt highways,” economento.com, December 29, 2014.
- “Toyota’s futuristic, freaky fuel-cell car,” CNN Money, December 19, 2014.
- “Carmakers prepare to shift to hydrogen fuel cells,” The Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2014.
- “What’s Holding Back Electric-Car Sales? Many Consumers Don’t Know Much About the Vehicles or Available Incentives,” The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2014.
- “Why Are Electric Vehicle Sales Booming in Atlanta?” Next City, September 26, 2014.
- “Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills to boost purchases of electric cars,” The Los Angeles Times, September 21, 2014.
- “Further: Forget Tesla. If you really want to reduce vehicle emissions, it’s unglamorous buses, not flashy sedans, that need to go electric,” Slate, September 5, 2014.
- “Ohio to Test Fuel Cells for Public Transit,” State Area Regional Transit Authority, August 14, 2014.
- “The rise of electric cars in the US, in 6 charts,” Vox, July 28, 2014.
- “Trucking’s natural gas ‘highway’ still under construction,” Journal of Commerce, June 26, 2014.
- “The Golden State’s Low-Carbon Future,” Governing, June 23, 2014.
- “Tesla’s electric car is the Chrysler minivan of the future,” Fortune, June 17, 2014.
- “Tesla abandons its patents, aims to spur electric-car revolution,” Grist, June 12, 2014.
- “Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel-cell car makes U.S. debut,” Reuters, June 11, 2014.
- “(New York) State agencies team up to roll out charging stations,” Times Union, June 11, 2014.
- “Building the market: Putting Zero-Emission Vehicles on the road,” State Smart Transportation Initiative, June 9, 2014.
- “8 States Agree to Promote Electric Vehicles,” Government Technology, June 2, 2014.
- “Effects of Natural Gas Vehicles and Fuel Prices on Key Transportation Economic Metrics,” Washington State Department of Transportation, June 2014.
- “Texas launches $2,500 incentive for CNG, electric vehicles,” Houston Chronicle, May 14, 2014.
- “The Unpopular Step That Would Popularize Electric Vehicles,” The Atlantic CityLab, May 2, 2014.
- “Are Special Fees for Driving Green a Penalty?” Stateline, May 1, 2014;.
- “Multi-State ZEV Action Plan,” (Zero Emission Vehicle) Program Implementation Task Force, May 2014.
- “Transit Agencies Turn to Alternative Fuels,” Governing, April 22, 2014.
- “Sea-Tac Airport goes green with electric vehicles,” The News Tribune, March 18, 2014.
- “Building Out the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Greenlots Advocates For Open Standards,” Forbes, March 13, 2014.
- “Delaware to build network of electric vehicle charging stations,” Delaware Public Media, February 19, 2014.
- “Pacific Northwest Builds Out Rapid Charging Network for Electric Cars,” PluginCars, February 18, 2014.
- “Tesla Supercharging Stations Enable Effortless Travel from LA to New York,” Inhabitat, January 28, 2014.
- “What’s the Biggest Problem with Electric Cars? The Power Cord,” Government Technology, January 13, 2014.
- “Auto sales: Plug-in electric sales nearly double in 2013,” Christian Science Monitor, January 3, 2014.
- “States look to alternative fuel vehicles for efficiencies,” The Washington Post, December 13, 2013.
- “These 5 things need to happen before electric cars really go mainstream,” The Washington Post, September 19, 2013.
- “Electric cars not cleanest option for some states, report says,” The Seattle Times, August 8, 2013.
- “Electric Vehicle Grid Integration in the U.S., Europe and China,” International Council on Clean Transportation, July 2013.
- “Electric vehicles and public charging infrastructure: impediments and opportunities for success in the United States,” University of Texas Center for Transportation Research, July 2013.
- “Special Report: Alternative Fuels—Safety, Maintenance, Infrastructure, Efficiency, Environment, Regulation,” Transport Topics, 2013.
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|Moulton PowerPoint||829.31 KB|
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|Farrow PowerPoint||687.65 KB|
|Schefter PowerPoint||1.13 MB|
|Engle PowerPoint||5.74 MB|
|Nelson PowerPoint||1.23 MB|
|Baumhefner PowerPoint||2.82 MB|
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|Policy Academy Attendee Bios||316.8 KB|
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