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Electric Vehicle Programs: How to strike a balance between excitement and execution
As utility regulators learn about new technologies, they often grapple with questions about who benefits from the technology, who pays for it, and how do we strike a balance between excitement and execution? SEEA invites you to join us for a panel of regulatory staff from Maryland and North Carolina, as well as technical experts to discuss the costs and benefits of electric vehicle programs. Attendees will hear how Maryland utilized the National Standard Practice Manual to develop a methodology for evaluating the costs and benefits of electric vehicle infrastructure proposals from utilities. North Carolina public staff will also share reflections on a how the office evaluated an electric vehicle charging pilot from Duke Energy.

Dec 15, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amanda Best
Senior Commission Advisor @Maryland Public Service Commission
Amanda Best is a senior commission advisor to the Maryland Public Service Commission. Her portfolio as an advisor includes energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear issues, EVs, and low-income assistance. Amanda is the contract manager for the commission’s Round 2 offshore wind application process. She is the work group leader for the Electric Vehicle Work Group under Public Conference 44, which is Maryland’s grid modernization initiative. Amanda is the chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal. Amanda was previously a member of the PSC’s technical staff as both a regulatory economist and as an assistant director of the Energy Analysis and Planning Division. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Amanda worked on storm water management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Evan Lawrence
Public Utilities Engineer @North Carolina Utilities Commission
Evan Lawrence joined the public staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission in 2016 where he has worked on rate design, audits of utility capital projects, review of CPCN applications for solar generating facilities, review, and implementation of the NC REPS plans and reports, and review of the Electric Transportation Pilot proposal by Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress. Additionally, Evan was a co-chair of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) Distributed Energy Resource and Energy Efficiency Committee from November 2019 until November 2021. Evan graduated from East Carolina University in 2016 with a B.S. in engineering with a concentration in electrical engineering.
Julie Michals
Director of Valuation @E4TheFuture
Julie Michals joined E4TheFuture in 2016 as director of clean energy valuation where she focuses on developing economic guidance on cost-effectiveness assessment of distributed energy resources and leads the National Energy Screening Project (NESP). Prior to E4TheFuture, Julie spent over a decade at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) where she directed the Regional EM&V Forum, a multi-state regional platform steered by regulatory commissioners and state officials from across the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic regions, with the goal of building a common currency for evaluating and reporting energy efficiency impacts. Julie holds a B.A. in business economics from University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in energy and environmental analysis at Boston University.
Chris Neme
Principal @Energy Futures Group
Chris Neme is a principal of Energy Futures Group (EFG), a clean energy consulting firm with staff in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Colorado and California. During his more than 25 years in the industry, Chris has helped clients in 30+ states, 7 Canadian provinces and several European countries with a variety of energy efficiency, demand response, strategic electrification, and other distributed energy resource market assessments, programs and policies. He has filed expert witness testimony on these issues in more than 60 dockets before energy regulators in 13 different states and provinces, as well as before several state legislatures. Chris has also authored or co-authored numerous reports and papers on clean energy policies and programs, including the 2020 National Standard Practice Manual for Benefit-Cost Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources (“NSPM for DERs”), and several reports on electric non-wires and gas non-pipe alternatives.