TCI States Continue Work on Reducing Carbon Pollution from the Transportation Sector

State transportation, energy, and environment officials from northeastern states gathered June 3-5, 2014, for the fifth annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) meeting to continue their efforts to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector while boosting the clean energy economy.

The sessions included discussions on a wide array of potential policy paths that would help the 12 TCI jurisdictions (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI, and VT) achieve these goals.  

An all-day workshop focused on efforts to expedite the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) in the region. Since the formation of the TCI and its Northeast Electric Vehicle Network in 2012, EV ownership has increased four-fold1 in the region and the number of EV charging stations in the region has almost tripled.2

State officials from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont discussed their plans to help put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by their governors (and those of Oregon and California).

TCI states also discussed new opportunities for greater EV deployment, trends and emerging barriers, incentive programs, issues related to EV use and the electricity grid, and the growing use of DC fast chargers.  The states' latest work seeks to build on their successful project under a U.S. Department of Energy grant to help communities prepare for increased electric vehicle use.

Senior officials from TCI agencies also reviewed analysis that is currently underway to inform discussions about potential reductions in fuel consumption and carbon pollution from the transportation sector. The group noted the importance of finding a sustainable funding solution for transportation in order to achieve climate change and energy goals.

Below is a list of participants, an agenda from the EV workshop, and some additional photos from the event.

 

TCI Policy Committee Participants

  • Connecticut: David Elder, Supervising Transportation Planner, Office of Strategic Planning and Projects,  Department of Transportation
  • Connecticut: Jaimeson Sinclair, Director of our Office of Climate Change and Innovation, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Delaware: Morgan Ellis, Climate Policy Analyst, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Richard Davey, Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts: David Mohler, Executive Director, Office of Transportation Planning, Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts: Steve Woelfel, Director of Strategic Planning, Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts: David Cash, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Christine Kirby, Director, Air and Climate Division, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Ned Codd, Assistant Secretary for GreenDOT, Department of Transportation
  • Maryland: Kathy Kinsey, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Environment
  • Maine: Jason Rauch, Utility Analyst, Public Utilities Commission
  • New Hampshire: Rebecca Ohler, Transportation and Energy Programs Manager, Department of Environmental Services
  • New Hampshire: Patrick McKenna, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Transportation
  • New Jersey: David Kuhn, Director, Statewide Planning, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • New Jersey: Robert Marshall, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York: Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York: John Williams, Director, Energy Analysis, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Rhode Island: Melissa Long, ‎Administrator for Policy & Governmental Affairs, Rhode Island Department of Transportation
  • Vermont: Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Transportation
  • Vermont: Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources

 

TCI Steering Committee and Workgroup Chairs

  • New York: Lois New, Director, Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Co-chair of TCI Steering Committee
  • Vermont: Gina Campoli, Agency of Transportation; Co-chair of TCI Steering Committee
  • New York: Adam Ruder, Energy Analysis, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Co-chair of TCI Clean Vehicles and Fuels workgroup
  • Maryland: Liz Entwisle, Department of the Environment; Co-chair of TCI Clean Vehicles and Fuels workgroup

 

External Experts and Resources

  • Jim Whitty, Manager, Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • David Greene, Senior Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Anthony Eggert, Executive Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy
  • Jeff Buxbaum, Principal, Cambridge Systematics
  • Chris Porter, Principal, Cambridge Systematics


TCI Electric Vehicle Workshop Participants

  • Connecticut: Richard Hanley, Transportation Engineer, Office of Strategic Planning and Projects, Department of Transportation
  • Delaware: Morgan Ellis, Climate Policy Analyst, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Delaware: Valerie Gray, Planning Supervisor, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Massachusetts: David Cash, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Christine Kirby, Director, Air and Climate Division, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Richard Blanchet, Branch Chief, Transportation Management Programs, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Stephen Russell, Alternative Transportation Coordinator/Mass. Clean Cities, Department of Energy Resources
  • Massachusetts: Linda Benevides, Director, Green Business Development, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Maryland: Elizabeth Entwisle, Administrator, Air and Radiation Management, Department of the Environment
  • New Hampshire: Felice Janelle, Mobile Sources Supervisor, Air Resources Division, Department of Environmental Services
  • New Jersey: Ken Frank, Research Scientist, Sustainability and Green Energy, Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York: Adam Ruder, Associate Project Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • New York: Steve Flint, Assistant Director, Division of Air Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New  York: Lois New, Director, Office of Climate Change, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Rhode Island: Ryan Cote, Implementation Aid, Office of Energy Resources, Department of Administration
  • Rhode Island: Frank Stevenson, Supervising Air Quality Specialist, Office of Air Resources, Department of Environmental Management
  • Vermont: Gina Campoli, Environmental Policy Manager, Agency of Transportation
  • Vermont: Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Department of Public Service 


Workshop Guests

  • Analisa Bevan, Chief, Sustainable Transportation Technology Branch, Emission Compliance, Automotive Regulations and Science Division, California Air Resources Board
  • Tonia Buell, Project Development and Communications Manager, Public-Private Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Gustavo Collantes, Assistant Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, University of California-Davis
  • Watson Collins, Manager, Business Development, Northeast Utilities
  • Karen Glitman, Director of Transportation Efficiency, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Ashley Horvat, Chief EV Officer, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Arthur Marin, Executive Director, Northeast States for Coordinates Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
  • Matt Solomon, Transportation Program Manager, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
  • Mike Scarpino, Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division, Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. DOT
     

Georgetown Climate Center Staff and Consultants

  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director; Assistant Dean for Centers and Institutes and Director of Environmental Law Program, Georgetown Law
  • Kate Zyla, Deputy Director
  • Gabe Pacyniak, Institute Associate
  • Cassandra Powers, Institute Associate & EV Coordinator
  • Tsinu Tesfaye, Administrative and Grant Coordinator
  • Sonia Hamel, Hamel Consulting
  • Jeanne Herb, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

 

 

Agenda: TCI's 2014 Electric Vehicle Workshop

Thursday, June 5, TCI Electric Vehicle Workshop
Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston, MA 02108

TCI’s EV workshop will feature an opening session exploring new and emerging barriers to EV deployment, and three working sessions on opportunities for states to support greater EV deployment in the northeast. In each of the working sessions, speakers from TCI jurisdictions and other states will kick off the discussion by highlighting innovative EV programs they have launched, briefly summarizing their states’ motivations, discuss funding sources and measures of success, and share lessons. Following brief comments by the speakers, workshop participants will engage in a roundtable discussion to explore opportunities to apply lessons from these programs in the northeast. The workshop will adjourn at 3 pm, and a closed session of the TCI states will take place from 3:15 to 5 pm.

8:30 am: Welcome and Overview

  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center
  • Commissioner David Cash, Massachusetts DEP

9:00 am: Setting the Stage: Deployment Trends and Emerging Barriers to EV Deployment
The first session of the electric vehicle (EV) workshop will set the stage for the day’s discussions by reviewing TCI’s recent work on EV deployment, discussing EV adoption trends, summarizing emerging barriers, and identifying research gaps.

  • Adam Ruder, NYSERDA
  • Gustavo Collantes, University of California-Davis

9:45 am: Working Session 1: Financial Barriers to EV Adoption and Buyer Incentive Programs
The up-front cost of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure is often cited as a significant barrier to greater EV adoption. Several states offer buyer incentives to offset these costs, such as vehicle rebates, tax credits, and sales tax exemptions.  In this session, participants from TCI and other states will discuss innovative buyer incentive programs, and identify lessons from these programs that may be applied in the northeast.

11:15 am: Working Session 2: Education and Outreach
EVs involve new technologies that are largely unknown to many potential customers. Many auto dealers have been reluctant to embrace EVs, often directing potential EV buyers to gasoline-fueled models, and auto manufacturers have only recently begun to advertise EVs widely. To help raise awareness, some states have implemented incentive programs for auto dealers, and have launched creative programs to raise EV awareness. This session will feature a discussion of state programs to raise EV awareness, and explore opportunities for states and TCI to promote EVs through outreach activities.

12:30 pm: Lunch Discussion: EVs and the Grid
EVs raise a number of questions for utilities and public utility commissions.  As EVs become more widely adopted, regulators will have to consider whether EV charging station hosts should be regulated as utilities; whether time-of-use rates should be used to encourage off-peak charging; and whether demand charges should be levied on DC fast charger hosts. Moreover, both utilities and regulators will be faced with new issues surrounding EVs and grid integration. Over lunch, experts will present the latest research and work with workshop participants to identify emerging EV issues that should be considered by public utility commissions and utilities in the TCI region.

1:30 pm: Working Session 3: Infrastructure Barriers and DC Fast Charging Programs
Range anxiety is often cited as a barrier to widespread EV adoption; however, DC fast chargers have the potential to provide quick and convenient recharging options that reduce this concern. Some states are strategically investing in DC fast chargers and encouraging private sector investment, and TCI has proposed to undertake a DC fast charging planning study for the region. In this session, states that are planning to install—or have already installed—DC fast chargers will describe their DC fast charge programs and share lessons learned, and participants will explore opportunities for individual states and the TCI region to support DC fast charger deployment.

2:45 pm: Wrap-Up

3:00 pm: EV Workshop Adjourns

 

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1 Calculations by the Georgetown Climate Center using electric vehicle registration data estimates from Transportation and Climate Initiative states.

2 Alternative Fuels Data Center.