2018 Program

Monday, April 16


Tuesday, April 17

Pre-Conference Events
10:00-11:30am Learn about how hydrogen fuel cells work; renewable hydrogen pathways; hydrogen system safety management; and the latest developments in transportation, materials handling, and stationary power.
Nick Barilo, P.E. | Hydrogen Safety Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  
Suzanne Loosen | Zero Emission Vehicle Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment
10:00am-12:00pm The plant also has many innovative features including a dual digestion process that produces Class A exceptional quality biosolids and a peak flow treatment facility that can speed up treatment during heavy storms and reduce the risk of sewage overflows. During large storm events, the plant receives and treats more than 130 million gallons of waste water a day. The Central Wastewater Treatment Plant has played a role in Tacoma's development and was upgraded in 2008.

In 2014, the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Board provided $6 million in locally matched funds to build a floodwall around Tacoma's Central Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project was selected primarily due to its high risk ranking; an overflow could introduce untreated wastewater into waterways with negative regional impacts to water-based businesses, recreation and wildlife.

Tours of the facility emphasize the recycling of our resources and the protection of the health of our citizens and the environment.

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To ensure the safety of personnel and facilities, vehicle maintenance facilities are required by law and by guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Mechanical Code (IMC), and the International Fire Code (IFC) to incorporate certain building/structural design features. Facilities that maintain vehicles fueled by natural gas require implementation of different safety measures than their liquid fuel counterparts. This session is designed to give a greater understanding on the maintenance facility modifications that need to take place in order to work on CNG vehicles safely.
John Gonzales | Senior Engineer, Advanced Vehicle Deployment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  
As HD fleets look to convert away from diesel, a number of factors must be taken into account. This expert panel will discuss considerations when moving to electric, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell HD vehicles. Topics to be addressed include the following:
- Fuel availability;
- Refueling infrastructure;
- Training for maintenance staff;
- Best use applications; and
- Range issues.
Attendees are encouraged to bring questions, since plenty of time is allocated for audience questions and discussion.
Moderator: Karl Pepple | U.S. EPA Region 10
Leonard Lincoln | North America Service Manager, Odyne Hybrid Systems, LLC  
Alan Mace | HD Market Manager, Ballard Power Systems  
Mike Saxton | Chief Commercial Officer, Orange EV  
As electric drive HEV and EV equipment and buses become more common, technicians have the capacity to perform predictive maintenance on multiple systems prior to catastrophic failure. Presenters will show advanced testing on HEV electric machines with an All Test Pro-33 on a Gen II Prius Transmission and show HV battery balancing equipment and process.

Presenters will share information about:
- Access Online and On-Demand: Vehicle Electrification Training
- New committee to encourage licensure for technicians who handle high voltage and high-pressure systems
- Advanced Vehicle Technicians Licensing Committee to encourage licensure for technicians who handle high voltage and high-pressure systems
- Advanced Vehicle Technicians Licensing Committee to develop advanced vehicle training standards for technicians who are working with electric drive vehicle systems.
Ken Mays | Central Oregon Community College, Advanced Vehicle Training Group NW  
Bryan Schiedler | Linn-Benton Community College, Advanced Vehicle Training Group NW
Dr. Mark Quarto | Founder, Quarto Technical Services


Wednesday, April 18

Main Stage Breakout 1 | Foyer Breakout 2 | Expo Hall

Emcee: Michael Coates | Editor & Publisher of Clean Fleet Report and Automotive Editor of Innovation & Tech Today Magazine
Welcome Remarks: Charles Knutson | Executive Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
Moderator: Craig Kenworthy | Executive Director, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Representative Jake Fey | 27th Legislative District, State of Washington House of Representatives
Representative Dick Muri | 28th Legislative District, State of Washington House of Representatives
Senator Rebecca Saldaña | 37th District Seattle, Whip, Washington State Senate
This has been a watershed year with Tesla, Daimler, Cummins and Volvo committing to battery electric trucks and Toyota, Nikola and Kenworth showcasing fuel cell trucks. And everyone's taking orders. But traditional diesel technology is not standing still and alternatives like natural gas are scrambling to capture more of the market. Our panel will address these questions:
How real are battery electric and fuel cell trucks?
How much will this new technology cost?
How long will they last?
Can they do the work of diesel trucks?
Can these alternatives displace traditional diesel?
What opportunities are there for natural gas in an electric drive future?
Moderator: Michael Coates | Editor & Publisher of Clean Fleet Report and Automotive Editor of Innovation & Tech Today Magazine
Jeff Allen | Executive Director, Forth
John Drayton | Consultant, NW Alliance for Clean Transportation and Former Director of Vehicle Technology for Los Angeles Metro
Joerg Ferchau | CEO, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.
Paul Menig | CEO, Tech-I-M
Jimmy O'Dea | Senior Vehicles Analyst, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Scott Ruhlen | On Highway Sales, Vice President, Cummins Sales & Service
10:30-11:45am There is some debate on who and through what path will EV charging be controlled:
- Through the vehicle
- Through the charger
- Through the utility meter
- By Alexa or Google

Will EV's overload the grid or will they be the utilities best asset?

We have a great panel in this session comprised of EV charging equipment manufacturers who will share with us what the utilities are asking for and how the manufacturers are helping to solve this issue.
- Who is testing what?
- Can we predict future successes?
- Which sector will be best suited for "Controlled charging?"
- Commercial Fleets
- Workplaces
- Residential (SF Homes or MF living spaces)
- Public charging

Join us and learn: If the lights will be kept on, or will we end up in the dark?
Moderator: Rick Durst | Principal, Durst Energy
James Byrne | Director Sales and Business Development, Envision Solar International, Inc.  
Simon Lonsdale | Chief Strategy Officer, ChargePoint  
Preston Roper | Chief Marketing & Operating Officer, eMotorWerks  
Moderator: Dan Alter | President, Puget Sound NAFA Chapter
Rick Haggard | Fleet Manager, Seattle City Light  
Sam Houghtaling | Fleet Operations Manager, City of Seattle  

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Cars, trucks, buses and other motor vehicles create most of our region's climate and toxic air pollution. This pollution disproportionately impacts communities of color and low-income communities. Come learn more about the connections between climate change, transportation-related air pollution, health, and equity. This session will also include an interactive discussion on successful ways to include equitable solutions in the design of sustainable transportation initiatives and the barriers we still face. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of how health and equity are part of our transportation choices and help ensure that green and sustainable transportation choices are benefiting everyone in society.
Moderator: Tania Tam Park | Equity & Engagement Manager, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
David Mendoza | Director of Legislative and Government Affairs, Front and Centered  
Michael Schmeltz | Air Quality Scientist/Epidemiologist, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency  
Michael Terreri | Fleet Projects Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy  
12:00-12:30pm Sam Spofforth | Executive Director, Clean Fuels Ohio
12:30-1:00pm Jim Bruce | Senior Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs, UPS  

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Electric vehicles are having a moment. Awareness of the technology is hitting its stride in the mainstream with more options coming to market than ever before. While a recent revelation to some, the EV industry has been developing at a rapid pace for over a decade. Women of Electric Vehicles (WEVs) is a group of industry leaders who have worked in the trenches and helped shape the market we see today. During this interactive session, EV industry experts from government, private, and non-profit sectors will share insights, rich experience, lessons learned and visions for the future. Panelists will engage the audience in dialogue to help form the future of WEVs and the direction of the EV industry. WEVs aims to empower women (and men) to lead the electric mobility movement, bringing valuable perspectives and varied expertise to the table, effectively creating a more diverse and prosperous industry for all. Come join us to help shape the future of EV leadership!
Moderator: Andrea Pratt | Green Fleet Program Manager, City of Seattle
Ashley Horvat | Vice President, Public & Private Partnerships, Greenlots
Tonia Buell | Project Development Manager, Washington Department of Transportation
Ingrid Fish | Policy & Research Analyst, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland
Grace Reamer | Volunteer, Seattle Electric Vehicle Association
Jeanette Shaw | Director of Government Relations, Forth

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Transit agencies have been on the forefront of adopting clean vehicle technologies into fleet operations, historically with diesel hybrids, biofuels, and natural gas to zero-emission battery and fuel cell electric vehicles today. Come hear from leaders in the transit industry about how they've done it, where their fleets are headed, and lessons they've learned from procurement to deployment.
Moderator: Jimmy O'Dea | Senior Vehicles Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists  
>> UCS/Greenlining report
>> Analysis on life cycle emissions
>> Biomethane for transportation report
Alex Adams | Sustainability Program Manager, Strategy & Performance, King County Metro Transit  
>> Fleet feasibility study
>> Showcase wrap-up document
Tim D'Alessandro | Operations & Fleet Maintenance Manager at Rogue Valley Transportation District
Lauren Skiver | CEO, Sunline Transit Agency  
Alan Soicher | Capital Projects Engineer, Public Transportation Division, Washington State Department of Transportation  

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RNG from wastewater treatment, landfills and on-farm digesters is considered the "gold standard" for low-carbon transportation fuels. This session will explore the challenges and benefits of incorporating RNG into the natural gas supply system, and how Washington and Oregon are assessing and supporting these opportunities.
Moderator: Peter Moulton | Energy Policy Section Manager, Washington Deptartment of Commerce
Dan Avery | Senior Renewable Energy Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Energy  
David Broustis | Energy Manager, King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks  
Jim Jensen | Senior Bioenergy and Alternative Fuels Specialist, Washington State University  
Dan Kirschner | Executive Director, Northwest Gas Association
3:15-4:30pm The network of alternative fueling stations continues to expand nationally, with states across the U.S. adding new corridors for electricity, natural gas, and propane. This session will report on some of the latest progress from Federal Highway Administration's alt fuels corridors initiative, the West Coast Electric Highway network of EV charging stations, EPA's West Coast Collaborative effort around heavy-duty alt fuels infrastructure, and the Pacific Northwest's collaborative approach to EV infrastructure and the Volkswagen Electrify America funds. Afterwards, the panelists will discuss what's next on the horizon for alt fuels infrastructure in the U.S.
Moderator: Andrew Dick | Connected, Automated and Electric Vehicle Advisor, Oregon Department of Transportation  
Dan Brown | Program Lead, West Coast Collaborative, US EPA, Region 10  
Joseph Cannon | Director of EV Solutions, Efficient Energy Systems, AeroVironment  
Michael Scarpino | Transportation Project Engineer, U.S. Department of Transportation  
Moderator: Cynthia Shaw | Procurement Supervisor, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
George Carter III | Fleet & Parking Services Manager, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services  
Kelly Gilbert | Executive Director, Clean Cities Administrator, MEC  
Philip Saunders | Capital Projects & Procurement, WSDOT-Public Transportation Division  
Utility Fleets have many opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint. Attend this session and learn what these utility fleet managers have been up to and how you can implement these solutions!
Moderator: Dan Zenger | Superintendent, Public Works/Equipment Services, City of Vancouver
Frank Castro | Sr. Manager Distribution & Engineering Shared Services, Snohomish County PUD #1  
Paul Chamberlain | Fleet Services Manager, Clark Public Utilities  
Steven A. Steedley | Fleet Manager, Potelco Inc.

Thursday, April 19

Main Stage Breakout 1 | Foyer Breakout 2 | Expo Hall

Moderator: Chris Galati | President, Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition
Charles Love | Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Trillium  
Arvind Ramakrishnan | Senior Manager, Business Growth Natural Gas Transportation & Regional LNG, FortisBC  
Jon Scharingson | Director of Sales & Marketing, REG  

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With thousands of new electric cars hitting the road an employer's support for charging is an important mechanism that supports electric vehicle adoption. Companies installing charging infrastructure need to consider a range of aspects to find the right solution.
Moderator: Zach Henkin | Deputy Director, Forth
Tammie Bostic-Cooper | Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities  
Alicia Cox | Executive Director, Grand Teton Clean Cities  
James Campbell | Legislative Policy Advisor, Rocky Mountain Power

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Purchasing new and more fuel-efficient vehicles is not always an option, there are a myriad of ways that existing vehicles can be modified to use alternative fuels and other advanced technologies. Vehicle conversions and retrofit packages, along with engine repower options, can help fleet managers achieve emissions and environmental goals, often at substantially lower capital costs. This session is designed to greater understand these different types of technologies.
John Gonzales | Senior Engineer, Advanced Vehicle Deployment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
10:30-11:45am Procurement is not the only key-performance-indicator for EV fleet project success-- high utilization is also crucial. Recent audits of more than sixty EV fleets reveal that most organizations are failing to utilize EVs effectively. Low eVMT or electric vehicle miles traveled is undermining investments in the technology and resulting in fleets falling well short of their emission and petroleum reduction goals. This presentation will detail what the industry's top performing fleets are doing right, what many are doing wrong, the tools available and how small, but well managed, EV fleets can have the same or greater impact than those that are two or three times their size.
Moderator: Louise Huttinger | Senior Associate, ICF
Mark Goody | Manager, Electric Vehicle Programs, Fleet Carma  
Stew Henderson | State Efficiency & Environmental Performance | Deptartment of Enterprise Services  
Michael Terreri | Fleet Projects Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy
With near-zero emission engine technology now available and renewable propane autogas starting to hit the market, 2018 promises to be a breakout year for the propane autogas industry. Hear from propane industry experts about today's latest vehicle technology and propane autogas fuel options, as well as from local fleets in the region discussing their aggressive investment in this sustainable and cost-effective fleet solution.
Moderator: Robert Little | Autogas Sales Manager, Ferrell Gas  
Francis Bagarella | Oak Harbor School District  
Christina Suarez | Autogas Fleet Specialist, BlueStar Gas  
Albert Venezio | Chairman, ICOM North America  
Three million truckers on U.S. roads have challenges finding parking for approximately 300,000 trucks, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The federal survey stated that 75% of drivers experienced problems in finding safe parking when rest was needed. West Coast states report an acute lack of parking along Interstate 5 and east west corridors such as I-90 and I-84 particularly close to dense metropolitan and seaport areas. This session will review current FHWA and state studies on West Coast truck parking and explore industry perspectives and potential public private partnerships to help address the shortage.
Moderator: Matt Hanson | Freight Research Project Manager, Caltrans  
Jason Anderson | Graduate Staff, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University  
Tilden Curl | Owner Operator, Tecco Trucking  
Sal Hernandez | Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

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