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Students showcasing research posters at the 2015 GCEP Symposium

Electric Utility Support for Transportation Electrification: Key Policy Questions & Emerging Trends

May 11, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
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Precourt Institute for Energy
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As the scale, scope and pace of transportation electrification grows, utilities, energy regulators, and a broad array of stakeholders are grappling with the question of how and to what extent should electric utilities support and enable EV adoption.  This talk will lay out the main issues facing them and summarize results from a survey of regulatory actions in over a dozen states.  Key topics include how to accelerate adoption and while stimulating competition and innovation, utility ownership of charging infrastructure, tariff design for EV charging, how to serve transit and freight depots, the role of cost-benefit analysis and ensuring that low income and disadvantaged communities share in the benefits of the transformation.  

Speaker bio:

Nancy Ryan has spent her career working for effective, data-driven regulatory solutions in the electricity, water and transportation industries.  She brings a 360-degree perspective to her work, grounded in her experience as a consultant, regulator, environmental advocate and academic. Previously she was a Partner at Energy + Environmental Economics (E3), from 2013-2020 and built a national emobility practice.  Before joining eMobility Advisors Nancy served at the California Public Utilities Commission as Commissioner, Deputy Executive Director and advisor to the CPUC President.  At the CPUC Nancy became intimately familiar with regulatory processes and how businesses succeed—and fail—in influencing them.  She directed staff teams and oversaw stakeholder processes for dockets on smart meters, energy storage, and renewable energy, transportation electrification. Nancy also led energy, water and climate policy initiatives in the California Office of Environmental Defense Fund from 2000-2005.

Nancy earned a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley, where she also taught applied economics at the Goldman School of Public Policy for a dozen years.  A nationally recognized regulator and thought-leader, Nancy speaks frequently on the economics and public policy of the low carbon transition.

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