State, regional, and national experts will highlight the air quality, health, and economic benefits derived from electrifying transportation in Nevada


Nevada Electric Transportation Forum

January 28, 2019


(RENO, NEV.) Surging interest in electric vehicles and the benefits Nevada will realize as more of its transportation sector is electrified led to a “sold out” capacity crowd at the upcoming Nevada Electric Transportation Forum being held Friday, February 1, 2019, at the University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center-Powered by Switch.

“We’re pleased to announce that this forum will be live-streamed, thanks to underwriting from NV Energy, enabling us to broadcast expert presentations and panel discussions over the internet allowing anyone with web access in the world to watch and listen in–our emphasis, of course, being Nevadans interested in electric transportation,” explained Tom Polikalas of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), one of the event’s organizers.

The Livestream can be viewed on Friday, February 1, from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PST at

Presentations will be made by state, regional, and national experts as follows:

David Bobzien, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy (NGOE), makes welcoming remarks. The NGOE recently released a major report “Electrifying Nevada’s 21-Century Transportation System” which addresses in depth the opportunities and challenges Nevada has in electrifying transportation including cars, trucks, school and transit buses, light and heavy duty vehicles, and other modes of transportation.

Ann Pongracz, one of three commissioners serving in the Public Utility Commission of Nevada (PUCN), is the forum’s keynote speaker.

Assemblywoman Sarah Peters (AD24) serves as the moderator of a panel discussing the health and environmental benefits of electric transportation. Speakers on this (9:40 a.m) panel are:

  • Daniel Inouye, Washoe County Health District, Air Quality Management Division.
  • Matt Frommer, Senior Transportation Associate, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
  • Rudy Zamora, Program Director, Chispa Nevada.

Assemblyman Howard Watts III (AD15) serves as the moderator of a panel on the ratepayer benefits and other positive economic impacts derived from electric transportation. Speakers on this (10:35 a.m.) panel are:

  • Sara Forni, Senior Manager, Clean Vehicle Programs, Ceres.
  • Cameron Dyer,Staff Attorney, Western Resource Advocates (WRA).
  • Chris Reilly, Workforce Development & Education Programs, Tesla.

Kyle Davis, President of Davis Strategies, serves as moderator of the panel on legislation on public policy. Speakers on this (11:30 a.m.) panel are:

  • Marie Steele and Lauren Rosenblatt, Principals, of E-Centricity, and authors of the report recently released by NGOE.
  • Matt Frommer, Senior Transportation Associate, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
  • Dylan Sullivan, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The lunch program includes:

  • An update by Danilo Dragoni, Chief, Bureau Of Air Quality Planning, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), on the status of the Nevada Diesel Emission Mitigation Fund.
  • Descriptions of the EV driving experience from a consumer perspective from John Sagebiel, Ph.D.Assistant Director, Environmental Program, University of Nevada Reno and Joel Levin, Executive Director, Plug In America.

State Senator Chris Brooks (SD3), one of Nevada’s leading experts on energy legislation and policy, is the featured legislative speaker during the lunch program.

Organizations presenting at the Nevada Electric Transportation Forum 2019:  SWEEP, Ceres, NV Energy, and the University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center, Powered by Switch.

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy and the Peppermill Hotel are the event’s Major Sponsors. Other sponsors include Nissan, the Green Alliance, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Western Resource Advocates, the National Wildlife Federation, Plug In America, and NV|EfX.

“We greatly appreciate all those who are making this event possible, and again thank NV Energy for making the livestream possible for Nevadans and others unable to attend in person because of space constraints, travel costs, and other reasons,” said Polikalas.

“The Nevada Legislature begins its 2019 session the following Monday, so this event is a tremendous opportunity for all of us to plug into expertise and information on this increasingly important topic. Well-informed citizens and stakeholder citizens can better steer the conversation on electric transportation policies and accelerate Nevada’s transition to cleaner, more economical transportation powered by electricity.”


Businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at future events should contact
Tom Polikalas at:   Phone: 775-386-7411  |  Email: