Law Seminars International Presents:

An Important New Conference on

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development

Pacific Northwest state and local transportation decarbonization plans and key issues to resolve as the region builds out charging infrastructure

June 20 & 21, 2024

Live via Interactive Online Broadcast

As a value-added bonus, you'll receive access to downloadable audio and video recordings at no additional charge.

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Program Overview

Who Will Benefit from Attending

Attorneys, industry executives, government officials, Tribal representatives, environmental and management consultants, land use planners, and others involved with issues at the intersection of electric power, transportation, facility siting, and community development

Why You will Benefit from Attending

Washington has set a goal for all new car sales to be electric vehicles by 2030 and Oregon has adopted "Advanced Clean Cars II" regulations that require 100% of new car sales to be ZEVs by 2035. Oregon and Washington also are actively collaborating with California and British Columbia to develop a network of fast charging stations to form the backbone of a West Coast Electric Highway. The commitment to transportation electrification creates great opportunities and raises great challenges.

In this first of its kind program, you will hear how the region's electric system will need to handle significant new transportation loads at the same time Washington and Oregon aim to eliminate all GHG-emitting generation by mid-century. What is the best strategy for building out charging infrastructure to address "range anxiety"? Who pays? Can aggressive loads be reconciled with emerging laws? What reforms in permitting and zoning are needed?

Regionally, you will hear discussions on how heavy-duty vehicles like long-haul trucks and delivery vans can be electrified or otherwise converted to non-emitting fuels. To what extent are there federal subsidies and incentives available? On a local level, how can residents of apartments and low-income housing access EV charging? What are the implications for building owners? What responsibilities do local governments bear?

This virtual conference brings together legal experts, government officials, EV advocates, electric and transportation industry representatives, and technical experts. They will provide you with a range of perspectives on, and potential solutions for, vehicle electrification issues.

We hope to "see" you there. Register soon.

~ Eric L. Christensen, Esq. of Beveridge & Diamond and Timothy L. McMahan, Esq. of Stoel Rives, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • ~ National trends: The evolving roadmap to transportation decarbonization in the United States
  • ~ Federal implementation: Highway Administration National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (NEVI)
  • ~ Oregon ODOT's implementation of the NEVI including including corridors to be developed
  • ~ Washington's plan for EV Infrastructure Deployment
  • ~ Grid readiness for electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • ~ Near-term prospects for siting new renewable generating facilities
  • ~ Transmission development to deliver renewable energy to the optimal locations
  • ~ Optimizing the role for utilities in electric vehicle charging
  • ~ Optimizing planning and permitting processes for local transportation charging infrastructure
  • ~ The role electric vehicles and charging infrastructure can play in community revitalization
  • ~ Social equity issues in charging infrastructure placement
  • ~ Best charging infrastructure placement for long distance heavy trucking
  • ~ Factors influencing a fleet operator's choice between electrification and hydrogen fuel
  • ~ Cost-effective actionable plans to decarbonize a vehicle fleet
  • ~ End of life issues for electric vehicle batteries

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  • Overall excellent CLE
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Agenda Day 1

9:00 am

Introduction & Overview

Eric L. Christensen, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Beveridge & Diamond / Seattle, WA

Timothy L. McMahan, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives / Portland, OR

9:15 am

Special Opening Address: A Big Picture Look at the Evolving Roadmap for the Transition to Zero Carbon Vehicles

Key elements: Vehicles, charging infrastructure, hydrogen as an alternative for longer distance transportation, social equity considerations and solutions; cutting edge technologies coming over the horizon

Jeff Allen , Executive Director
Forth / Portland, OR

10:00 am


10:15 am

Infrastructure Development Planning and Funding in the Pacific Northwest

Oregon: ODOT's implementation of the Federal Highway Administration National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (NEVI) including corridors to be developed; roles for ODEQ, ODOE & OPUC; Center for Sustainable Energy; Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

Mary Brazell , Transportation Electrification Program Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation / Salem, OR

Rachel Sakata , Transportation Strategies Section Manager
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality / Salem, OR

Washington's plan for EV Infrastructure Deployment: Statewide Transportation Electrification Strategy (TES); funding sources, levels, and distribution;); EV-utility grid interconnection/distribution study; Interagency EV Council members and roles

Emma Wyma , Clean Transportation Policy Engagement Specialist
Washington State Department of Commerce / Seattle, WA

The need to integrate housing policies and transportation decarbonization policies; how recent and developing land use policy changes in Washington, Oregon, and BC can reduce overall transportation energy demands and the need for additional generation

Michael Andersen , Director of Cities and Towns
Sightline Institute / Portland, OR

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

The Renewable Energy Backbone for Green Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: To What Extent Will We Need Additional Generating Capacity?

Grid readiness analysis: Where will we need additional grid capacity to meet the anticipated load? To what extent can new longer-term storage technologies, like iron-air batteries, reduce the need for new generation and transmission?

Michael Hagerty , Principal
The Brattle Group / Washington, DC

Near-term prospects for siting new renewable generating facilities: What locations have the right site characteristics and local support for energy development projects?

Elaine R. Albrich, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine / Portland, OR

2:30 pm

Electric Transmission Infrastructure Constraints: How Will They Influence Selection of Locations for Charging Infrastructure?

Overview: Siting challenges associated with transmission lines as linear projects

Timothy L. McMahan, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Stoel Rives / Portland, OR

Lessons from siting the Boardman to Hemingway long distance arial high voltage transmission line for obtaining siting approval from multiple jurisdictions; update on recent and pending proposals

Troy Gagliano , Senior Energy Supply Procurement Originator
Portland General Electric / Portland, OR

Out of the box thinking: Case study of the evaluation process for the Cascade Renewable Transmission Project's selection of the bottom of the Columbia River as a potential transmission corridor

Jeffrey T. Wood , Chief Commercial Officer
PowerBridge / Fairfield, CT

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

The Role for Distribution Utilities in Electric Vehicle Charging: How Can We Optimize Their Participation?

Perspectives on the scope of state rate and service jurisdiction over charging services; who should own what for infrastructure; use of regulatory rate and service options for reducing the need for additional generation and transmission

Philip B. Jones , Executive Director
Alliance for Transportation Electrification / Seattle, WA

Sanem Sergici, Ph.D. , Principal
The Brattle Group / Boston, MA

5:00 pm

Adjourn Day 1

Friday, June 21, 2024

9:00 am

How to Locally Promote Decarbonization by Increasing the Percentage of People Who Have Charging Available at Their Residence or Place of Work

Perspectives on local planning and permitting; effective use of mandates and building code revisions; making public investments efficient and effective, use of infrastructure deployment for community revitalization; and achieving social equity

Dana L. Krawczuk, Esq. , Moderator
Stoel Rives / Portland, OR

Hannah Morrison , Transportation Planner
Portland Bureau of Transportation / Portland, OR

Steffani Cuff , Programs Director
Forth / Portland, OR

Leah Missik , Acting Washington Director
Climate Solutions / Seattle, WA

Brendan O'Donnell , Director - EV Infrastructure
McKinstry / Seattle, WA

11:00 am


11:15 am

Public Local Charging Facility Development and Deployment

Seattle City Light's EV charging infrastructure deployment program: Development of the strategic plan, in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Institute, looking across all market segments, and implementation progress to date

Christopher Robertson , Transportation Electrification Capital Project Coordinator
Seattle City Light / Seattle, WA

Puget Sound Energy's EV charging programs and how PSE is supporting our customers who are electrifying

Danielle Kievit , Clean Energy Product Manager
Puget Sound Energy / Bellevue, WA

11:45 am

Mobilizing Support for Transportation Decarbonization: Tips and Resources for Effective Community Advocacy and Public Engagement Processes

Achieving pubic buy-in for EVs and generating in elected officials the political will to act and include implementation funding; update on EV Council Advisory Committee work to facilitate engagement and plans for more targeted future work

Susan D. Baird-Joshi , Member of Electric Vehicle Council Advisory Committee, 2023
CaliberA LLC / Kirkland, WA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Working Towards Decarbonization of the Trucking Sector

Long distance heavy trucking: Challenges and best placement for big rig electric charging infrastructure from a fleet operator perspective; factors influencing a fleet operator's choice between electrification and hydrogen fuel for decarbonization

Mike Gerty , Director Global Powertrain Planning and Definition
PACCAR / Bellevue, WA

Tips for putting together a cost-effective actionable plan to decarbonize a vehicle fleet: Government and private sector resources; guide to readily available data analysis modeling tools

Adam Nashban , Program Manager
Breaking Barriers Collaborative / Portland, OR

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

End of Life Issues for Electric Vehicle Batteries: How Can We Make Electric Vehicle Components More Sustainable?

Application of hazardous waste regulations to used lithium-ion batteries and materials resulting from battery recycling; unanswered questions; upcoming changes; and opportunities for advocacy to foster a circular economy for critical minerals in batteries

Aaron H. Goldberg, Esq.
Beveridge & Diamond / Washington, DC

4:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Eric L. Christensen, Eric L. Christensen, Program Co-Chair, is a principal at Beveridge & Diamond. He assists renewable and traditional energy companies, as well as major energy consumers, to navigate the complex legal and regulatory systems governing the nation's energy industry. He formerly served as Assistant General Counsel at the Snohomish County Public Utility District, one of the largest publicly owned utilities in the U.S., and as a trial attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Timothy L. McMahan, Timothy L. McMahan, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Stoel Rives practicing in the areas of energy, land use, environmental and municipal law. He focuses his practice on leading interdisciplinary teams advocating for and defending energy facilities and other major infrastructure projects facing opposition. He formerly served as the Port Townsend, Washington, City Attorney.

Dana L. Krawczuk, Dana L. Krawczuk, Moderator, is a partner in the Environment, Land Use, & Natural Resources group at Stoel Rives. She represents residential, commercial, and industrial clients in all phases of land use entitlement processes. She has represented clients in high-profile land use and annexation cases that have helped shape the law of the region.

Elaine R. Albrich, Elaine R. Albrich, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, focuses on navigating and resolving complex situations involving use of land, impacts to natural resources and resource lands. Her energy facility siting experience includes permitting over 1,000 MW of renewable energy over the last 10 years. She also performs permitting due diligence reviews for energy financing deals.

Jeff Allen Jeff Allen has served as Executive Director of Forth Mobility since 2011. He is a highly regarded expert on transportation electrification with a passion for bringing diverse stakeholders together, finding creative solutions to vexing challenges and building strong teams. Jeff previously served as Executive Director and organizational development consultant for multiple nonprofit conservation organizations.

Michael Andersen Michael Andersen is the Director of Cities and Towns for Sightline Institute. He formerly worked on affordable housing issues at 1000 Friends of Oregon and on bike lanes for PeopleForBikes.

Susan D. Baird-Joshi, Susan D. Baird-Joshi, the Principal at CaliberA LLC, served as a Member of Electric Vehicle Council Advisory Committee in 2023. The Committee's primary goal is to "develop recommendations in the statewide transportation electrification strategy".

Mary Brazell Mary Brazell is the Transportation Electrification Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation. She is leading development and implementation of Oregon's National EV Infrastructure State Plan to invest over $65 million of federal funds plus matching state funds in EV fast charging along Oregon's major highways over the next five years. She previously managed development of two Charging and Fueling Infrastructure federal grant proposals for medium/heavy-duty charging and hydrogen fueling stations.

Steffani Cuff Steffani Cuff is the Programs Director for Forth Mobility and leads the team that manages Forth's demonstration projects and consumer engagement work. With a diverse background in social services, healthcare, and technology, she brings experience in process improvement, quality assurance, and organizational leadership to Forth.

Troy Gagliano, Troy Gagliano, a Senior Energy Supply Procurement Originator at Portland General Electric, is an energy industry expert with twenty years of experience in renewable energy, energy policy, government affairs, utilities and electric vehicles. He has led the development of utility-scale renewable projects in Oregon and Washington and aided in enacting landmark clean energy legislation. His current work involves procuring renewable energy and battery storage projects for PGE.

Mike Gerty Mike Gerty is Director of Global Powertrain Planning and Definition at PACCAR, which manufacturers Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. He formerly was PACCAR's Director of Advanced Research where he led development of a zero-emissions eco-system including electric vehicles, infrastructure, and data-oriented services.

Aaron H. Goldberg, Aaron H. Goldberg, a principal at Beveridge & Diamond, has focused on hazardous waste issues since the beginning of the federal regulatory program in 1980. His clients consist of companies and trade associations in the chemicals, electronics, recycling, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, retail, steel, and mining industries, as well as government entities and non-profit organizations. Before joining Beveridge & Diamond, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael Hagerty Michael Hagerty is a Principal at The Brattle Group and specializes in planning and regulatory matters related to the electric power system in an increasingly decarbonized future. His expertise includes long-term generation and storage resource planning, transmission planning and development, and electrification of transportation and heating.

Philip B. Jones Philip B. Jones is President of Phil Jones Consulting and serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification. It is a recently established industry-funded non-profit association that seeks to promote the acceleration of transportation electrification deployments, a robust utility role, and interoperability and open standards. He served on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) from March 2005 to March 2017.

Danielle Kievit Danielle Kievit is Clean Energy Product Manager at Puget Sound Energy. She manages a comprehensive suite electric vehicle charging programs for single and multifamily residential buildings, workplaces, and in the public, designed to promote transportation electrification throughout the Puget Sound Energy service area.

Leah Missik Leah Missik is Acting Washington Director of Climate Solutions, a regional nonprofit working to accelerate clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. Most of her work focuses on policy research and advocacy in Washington as it relates to climate and transportation. Prior to Climate Solutions, Leah was the Program Manager of Built Green, a regional green home certification program in Washington State.

Hannah Morrison Hannah Morrison is a Transportation Planner for the City of Portland's Bureau of Transportation working on the City's transportation electrification and decarbonization efforts. Existing projects include the US DOT SMART grant to pilot the country's first regulated Zero-Emission Delivery Zone and the US DOE Park & Charge grant to expand the network of convenient, affordable, and reliable public curbside EV chargers.

Adam Nashban Adam Nashban the Program Manager for Climate Solution's Breaking Barriers Collaborative. The Collaborative's Fleet Decarbonization Accelerator program helps fleet operators transition away from diesel engines to emissions-free vehicles. It offers a hands-on learning program to help participants develop decarbonization action plans, a business case for a cost-effective transition, and a pitch deck to help bring stakeholders on board.

Brendan O'Donnel, Brendan O'Donnel, Director of EV Infrastructure at McKinstry focuses on deployment of EV charging infrastructure for commercial customers. He formerly was Senior Manager for Business Development at Rivian, Senior Manager for Sustainable Transportation at Amazon, and Manager for Strategy, Planning, & Analytics at Seattle City Light.

Christopher Robertson Christopher Robertson is a Transportation Electrification Capital Project Coordinator at Seattle City Light where he leads, coordinates, and facilitates projects related to transportation electrificatioin. He formerly was a Senior Automotive Engineer and Fleet Coordinator for Seattle Public Utilities.

Rachel Sakata Rachel Sakata is the Transportation Strategies Section Manager for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. She oversees the Transportation Strategies section that establishes programs and policies such as regulatory efforts and administration of grants and rebates to encourage the adoption of light, medium, and heavy duty zero emission vehicles. Her section also includes programs to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles.

Sanem Sergici, Ph.D., Sanem Sergici, Ph.D., is a Principal at The Brattle Group. She specializes in matters related to rate design, electrification, grid modernization investments, and alternative ratemaking mechanisms. She has conducted studies that explore the impact of electrification on grid investments and investigate the role of distributed energy resources in meeting climate goals.

Jeffrey T. Wood Jeffrey T. Wood is a Senior Vice President the Chief Commercial Officer for PowerBridge. He is a former managing director at the investment bank Societe Generale, where he was responsible for serving as financial advisor and for arranging $600 million in non-recourse project financing for the Neptune transmission project, a 660-MW undersea transmission cable completed in June of 2007.

Emma Wyma Emma Wyma is a Clean Transportation Policy Engagement Specialist at the Washington State Department of Commerce and leads the public engagement efforts for clean transportation programs in the State Energy Policy Office. Previously she was a Sustainability Analyst at an environmental consulting firm working on international renewable energy and climate resiliency projects.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 11.50 California MCLE, 11.25 Washington MCLE, 11.25 Oregon MCLE, 11.25 AICP land use planner, and 11.25 ABCEP environmental professional credits. Upon request, we will help you apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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