Feb. 22 Electric Transportation Forum in Reno Plug into economic benefits, business opportunities, and national security issues at half-day workshop.

Electric vehicles and the electrification of transportation offer tremendous benefits to all Nevadans, according to organizers of a workshop to be held the afternoon of Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the UNR Innevation Center (450 Sinclair St.) in Reno. Transportation powered by electricity -- whether cars, trucks, buses, or other -- greatly reduces air pollution, provides substantial economic benefits to Nevada, and improves our nation’s security.

“We’re bringing together some of the top experts in the state and region to highlight the reasons why Nevada should accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, and to provide information to businesses and local governments about possible grants and utility rebates that could substantially defray the cost of installing electric vehicle charging systems,” said Annette Bubak of the Green Alliance, one of the non-profit organizations presenting the forum.

Emissions reductions is one of the compelling reasons why policymakers should be promoting electric transportation, according to Will Toor of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), the other organization presenting the event.

“Our study of Nevada found in Washoe County that every type of electric vehicle (EV) has lower levels of pollutant emissions compared to a gasoline vehicle,” said Toor. “For example, a Nissan LEAF reduces Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Carbon Monoxide by 99%; Sulfur Dioxide by 68%, particulates by 17-68%.  Comparable benefits were found in our study of Clark County.  Let’s clear the air: all residents--EV drivers or not--should be glad when there’s more EVs on the road because there will be less smog.”

The SWEEP study also found that increasing the number of EVs in Nevada generates additional local economic benefits, noted Toor.

“Nevada is currently importing billions of dollars worth of gasoline for transportation. Electricity to power EVs can be produced in Nevada, generating local economic benefits. Also, electricity is a less expensive fuel on a per mile basis, so consumer savings on transportation can be spent on other local goods and services. EVs mean business for Nevada,” he added.

The forum starts February 22 with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Nevada State Senator Dr. Patricia Spearman presents her keynote address, “Energy and National Security” as part of the lunch program. Other presentations and speakers at the Electric Transportation Forum in the afternoon include:

  •  An overview of “The Nevada Electric Highway,” Angela Dykema, Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy;
  • “The Economic and Environmental Benefits of EVs: A Regional Overview,” Will Toor, Transportation Program Manager, SWEEP;
  • “NDEP Planning for the VW Fund Grant Application Process,” presented by a representative of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP);
  • “Potential Utility Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging,” featuring Bruce Breslow, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN), and Marie Steele, Manager, Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy, NV Energy;
  • “Electric Vehicles in Fleets,” featuring David Jickling, RTC Director of Public Transportation & Operations, and Jim O’Connell, Adomani Electric School Buses;
  • Assemblywoman Jill Tolles will lead a concluding round-table discussion.

The forum is sponsored by NV Energy and supported by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, the City of Reno, Nv-EfX, and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). The $20 registration fee includes lunch. Registration is available online at http://conta.cc/2nu1OnB. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information or to register by phone, please call Tom Polikalas of SWEEP at (775) 386-7411.