What’s Next with Electric Vehicles? NJ Spotlight Roundtable

NJ Spotlight | December 20, 2019 | Podcasts, Roundtables
If an electrified transportation sector is key to the state’s clean-energy future, who should pay for it and what role should utilities play?
Panelists Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey and Stefanie Brand, director, New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel

There is widespread agreement that New Jersey will not achieve its clean-energy goals unless it moves rapidly toward electrifying its transportation sector, the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.

How the state should go about making that transformation is a matter of considerable debate, however, as stakeholders wrestle with such contentious issues as:

  • What, if any, new incentives are needed to convince motorists to buy electric vehicles?
  • What role should utilities play in building out the charging infrastructure?
  • What type of investments may be required in the electric grid?

These questions were the focus of an NJ Spotlight roundtable in Hamilton Township on Dec. 13.

 

Virtual keynote:

Patty Monahan, Commissioner, California Energy Commission,

in a specially recorded video statement

 

Opening remarks:

Mark Warner, Vice President, Gabel Associates

 

Panelists:

Jim Appleton, President, New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJ CAR)

Stefanie Brand, Director, New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel

John Dempsey, Manager of Transmission Development and Strategy,

Public Service Electric and Gas Company

Doug O’Malley, Director, Environment New Jersey

Christine Sadovy, Deputy Chief of Staff, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities

 

Moderator:

Tom Johnson, Energy Reporter, NJ Spotlight

 

Related content:

Time for State to Get Moving on Electric Vehicles

Presentation by Mark Warner/Gabel Associates

Presentation by Jim Appleton/NJ CAR

WATCH A VIDEO OF THE ROUNDTABLE

(by Steve Lubetkin/StateBroadcastNews.com)

 

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