Policy Sessions

PLEASE NOTE: The Midwest Green Transportation Forum & Expo took place on September 14-25, 2020, and the agenda has officially concluded.

HOWEVER, you can still register as an attendee through the registration link and gain access to recordings of all the sessions and to the networking features for up to 6 months.

Utility Roles in EV Charging: Defining & Building Consensus


September 14, 2020

10:30a-12:00p ET

As more utilities develop transportation electrification programs, defining appropriate roles for utilities, EVSE companies, site hosts and other players is becoming critical. In 2019 Ohio HB 247, was introduced. This legislation would define an expanded role for utilities in all aspects of grid modernization, including EV charging siting, funding, and ownership. The legislation has accelerated a lively debate on these topics. Stakeholders agree on larger goals, but defining common ground on appropriate roles would help foster continued progress on transportation electrification. Can we find areas of consensus? Join this panel and add your voice as we seek clarity and a pathway forward. 


Joe Halso, Staff Attorney, Sierra Club


Maria Haberman, Director of Government Affairs, AEP Ohio

Jeff Myrom, Director of Renewable Energy & Electric Vehicle Customer Products, Consumers Energy

Kevin Miller, Director of Public Policy, ChargePoint

Josh Cohen, Director of Policy, Greenlots

Local Transportation Policy Models & Campaign


September 18, 2020

10:30a-12:30p ET

Local governments are becoming focal points for action on clean transportation. They tend to be less inclined toward partisanship and more receptive to practical solutions. Even with current and near-term economic constraints, local governments can do much to facilitate solutions for their constituents such as move toward advanced technology and fuel implementation for fleets, using building codes to drive electrification, parking regulations that facilitate EV charging, and more. Motivated local leaders also can be powerful community conveners, working with businesses and community stakeholders to get things done. Hear about some successful policy efforts throughout the region and how the Powering a Clean Future Ohio campaign is working to drive innovation at the local level. 


Brendan Kelley, Director, Drive Electric Ohio, Clean Fuels Ohio


Samantha Bingham, Clean Transportation Program Director, City of Chicago

Joe Flarida, Executive Director, Power a Clean Future Ohio

Katherine Stainken, Policy Director, Plug In America

Federal & Midwest Policy Models, Priorities, & Outlook


September 21, 2020

1:00-2:00p ET

Economic conditions have devastated federal and state budgets. However, this crisis also presents a tremendous need for government action. Investments by federal and state governments are necessary to help our economy recover and put us on a path toward longer term prosperity and environmental sustainability. However, if we fail to act, the U.S. and our region risk falling behind other countries and regions as we become less economically competitive. Participate in this session to understand the lay of the land at the federal and state level, and what priority items are on agendas for leading players. Hear contingencies that will depend on outcomes in fall elections. Add your perspective to the conversation.  



Tyler Fehrman, Policy Director, Clean Fuels Ohio


Ken Brown, Executive Director, Transportation Energy Partners

Kyle Winslow, Federal Policy Director, CALSTART

Brendan JordanVice President, Great Plains Institute

Clean Transportation Solutions for All


September 25, 2020

10:30a-12:00p ET

Lower income communities of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution and its negative health consequences. Individuals often lack access to mobility services and reliable personal transportation. Many rural community residents also struggle economically and lack mobility. Urban and rural people alike often lack access to the benefits of electric and other advanced, cleaner vehicles. This session will focus on strategies to extend the benefits of clean transportation, shared and individual, to disadvantaged urban and rural communities.   


Ralonda Hampton, Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement Officer, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission


Sarah Conley-Ballew, Sustainable Energy Solutions Program Director, Rural Action

Dr. Shelley FrancisCo-Founder & Managing Partner, EVHybridNoire

Aslyne Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs, Central Ohio Transit Authority

Advanced Auto Manufacturing & Jobs of the Future


September 25, 2020

2:30-3:30p ET

Ohio, Michigan and Indiana are leaders in automotive, truck, and supply chain manufacturing and jobs. Today, the automotive industry is changing rapidly with improvement in electric and other advanced vehicle technologies and fuels. Many of these changes are driven by global market conditions. Our states must evolve if we are to remain manufacturing and jobs leaders. Some hopeful signs are emerging from the “Voltage”, a.k.a. Mahoning, Valley, region of Ohio and elsewhere. Hear from leaders in industry and government about the current state of play and what policies are needed to leverage longer term economic success. 


Jonathan Bridges​Managing Director, Automotive, Steel, & White Goods, JobsOhio


Jason Miller, Vice President of Commercial Vehicles Operations, Dana Incorporated

Dana Saucier, Vice President & Head of Economic Development, JobsOhio

Senator Sean O'Brien, District 32, Ohio Senate

Chris KerzichMBA, Director of Government Relations & Corporate Affairs, Lordstown Motors

Questions about sessions? Contact us!

Executive Director - Sam Spofforth

email - Sam@CleanFuelsOhio.org

phone - (614) 884-7336

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