This year’s MWGT Conference, while it may be taking a different approach than typical in its virtual setting, is sure to be full of valuable information for all who participate. One particular set of sessions that I’m excited about are the Policy sessions. From start to finish, all of our sessions focusing on the policy surrounding clean transportation solutions and alternative fuels – as well as infrastructure and manufacturing – are focused on providing attendees with the best possible information, up-to-date trends and practices, and in-depth analyses of the current political and policy climate as they relate to moving the needle on progress in the alternative fuels world. You can find the session descriptions for all our Policy Sessions on our website here.
A session on Federal and Midwest Policy Models, Priorities, and Solutions is one that I am incredibly excited to participate in as Moderator – as it will feature individuals with a wealth of experience the industry. Ken Brown from Transportation Energy Partners, Kyle Winslow from Calstart, and Brendan Jordan from the Great Plains Institute are all panelists who will provide a meaningful discussion on state, regional, and national-level policy issues, as well as insight into what the U.S. must do to secure our place as a “super power” for clean transportation manufacturing and innovative technologies. We’ll discover how the 2020 elections will factor into possible policy solutions, what opportunities lie with a potential changing-of-the-guard in Washington, D.C., and how regions and states can prepare and react to each possible outcome.
Local Transportation Policy Models and Campaign will be moderated by Clean Fuels Ohio’s Brendan Kelley and will focus on all of the things taking place on a local level to help boost alternative energy sources in their visibility, adoption, and planning. This session will include a discussion with panelists Samantha Bingham from the City of Chicago, Joe Flarida from Powering a Clean Future Ohio, and Katherine Stainken from Plug In America on what localities – both large and small – can be doing to examine, plan, and execute meaningful policies in their communities, when state lawmakers aren’t willing to act.
Ohio is currently at the forefront of a possible manufacturing revolution – so, our session on Advanced Auto Manufacturing and Jobs of the Future, hosted by Jonathan Bridges of JobsOhio, will be especially timely and relevant. Jason Miller from Dana Corporation, Alan Fennimore from Kenworth/Paccar, Dana Saucier from JobsOhio, a representative from Lordstown Motor Corporation, and State Senator Sean O’Brien from the Mahoning Valley (Ohio’s Voltage Valley) will discuss what it means to focus on creating economic growth for the state – and prosperity and job growth for communities in need – through the advancement of the auto-manufacturing industry into the electric vehicle marketplace.
Joe Halso from the Sierra Club will moderate a discussion on Utility Roles in EV Charging: Defining and Building Consensus that will include panelists such as Maria Haberman from AEP Ohio, Jeff Myrom from Consumers Energy, Kevin Miller from ChargePoint, and Josh Cohen from Greenlots. This panel will examine the appropriate roles utilities will play as they develop more transportation electrification programs – and how they’ll work alongside EVSE companies, site-hosts, and other players in the space to be most effective. While many stakeholders agree on the larger goals, defining common ground on roles and partnerships is going to be key to successful movement forward.
We’re going to spend a great deal of time focusing on policy at this year’s conference – because we believe that understanding, researching, and serving as the champion for good policy work that focuses on the needs of the community on a local, regional, and national level is one of the most effective ways to move the needle in favor of clean, forward-thinking, effective transportation solutions that make the world a cleaner, safer place.
I hope you’ll join us for each of these important discussions – be sure to jump over to our conference page to register and attend our policy sessions!