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Transportation Electrification for Utilities | Recorded Webinar

Transportation Electrification (TE) is creating opportunities for utility companies and customers while presenting a range of new challenges to be solved

Our complimentary online event designed to address the most relevant topics facing electric utility TE and electric vehicle (EV) programs. Attendees can expect to enhance their understanding of EV benefits, EV customer engagement, and critical EV program strategy.

This digital series features a unique mix of utility and industry panelists, offering insights on in-flight projects and forward thinking EV strategies.

Part 1: TE Program Design and Optimization

Designing EV programs for both residential and business customers

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an EV program design that promotes EV adoption and expands EV charging infrastructure
  • Identify differences between residential, business, and public EV programs
  • Share lessons learned and best practices from existing EV programs 


  • Erika Myers, Principal, Transportation Electrification, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) 
  • Karl Popham, Director, Austin Energy
  • Brittany Applestein Syz, Director - Clean Transportation, San Diego Gas and Electric
  • Andrew Dillon, Innovation Fellow, West Monroe

Part 2: EV & Fleet Total Cost of Ownership

Calculating benefits and savings for utility customers with light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles 

Learning Objectives:

  • How to assess total cost and savings when converting conventional fleets to electric
  • Economic factors for fleet customers when considering going electric
  • Leveraging a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculator to engage customers
  • Key insights about EV adoption gained from a TCO calculator


  • Camila Martins-Bekat, External Affairs Representative, Tucson Electric Power
  • Lisa Arellanes, Senior Manager, Business Development & Partnerships - Transportation Electrification, Southern California Edison 
  • Shelly Hagerman, PhD, Principal, West Monroe
  • Andrew Dillon, Innovation Fellow, West Monroe 

Part 3: TE Business Case

Building the EV value story for regulatory or executive approval and standing up new EV initiatives

Learning Objectives:

  • Define key benefit categories – customer, utility, and society – for building an EV business case
  • How to quantify utility, customer, and societal benefits
  • Lessons learned and best practices building a business case to support EV initiatives


  • Lincoln Bleveans, Assistant General Manager/Power Supply, Burbank Water & Power
  • Kate Staples, Manager, Electrification, Dominion Energy
  • Scott Vogt, VP Strategy, Energy Policy and Revenue Initiatives, ComEd
  • Andrew Dillon, Innovation Fellow, West Monroe
  • Shelly Hagerman, PhD, Principal, West Monroe

Part 4: EV Program Readiness

The ABCs of planning for an EV program launch

Learning Objectives:

  • Key steps utilities need to follow for EV program launches
  • Incentive design – lessons learned from new EV programs
  • Success strategies for residential and commercial EV customer engagement


  • Samantha Piell, Senior Program Manager, EV Fast Charge, PG&E
  • David Treichler, Director Strategy and Technology, Oncor Electric Delivery
  • Andrew Dillon, Innovation Fellow, West Monroe

Part 5: Building an EV Business Case

Explore key elements of a business case for TE

Learning Objectives:

  • How business cases for EV programs differ from other utility programs
  • EV program benefits for all customers
  • The role for utilities to support EV charging infrastructure
  • How a utility’s geography and demographics impact an EV business case
  • Key differences in an EV business case for C&I/fleet EV versus residential


  • Michael Colón, Manager, Electrification of Transportation Policy and Program Development, Hawaiian Electric
  • Fred Gomos, Director Corporate Strategy, NiSource
  • Sean Gouda, Manager, Electrification, DTE
  • Meghan Weinman, Manager, New Products & Services, Puget Sound Energy
  • Sam Uyeno, Senior Manager, West Monroe
  • Andrew Dillon, Innovation Fellow, West Monroe

Part 6: Utility EV Customer Engagement

Explore diverse experience and lessons learned on EV customer engagement

Learning Objectives:

  • How utility EV programs are successfully engaging customers
  • Differences in engaging residential versus C&I customers
  • Available tools for educating fleet and C&I customers and enable them to determine potential savings
  • Unique methods of customer engagement 
  • Trends in new EV adoption


  • Camila Martins-Bekat, Senior Market Development Specialist, Tucson Electric Power
  • Michael Conklin, External Engagement Manager, CenterPoint Energy
  • Will Quinn, Manager, EV Programs, PG&E
  • Mike Wenzlaff, Senior Program Manager, Electric Vehicles, BC Hydro
  • Shelly Hagerman, PhD, Principal, West Monroe
  • Andrew Dillon, Innovation Fellow, West Monroe

Part 7: Utility EV Programs – A 2021 Outlook

Discover key trends in transportation electrification for electric utilities.

Learning objectives: 

  • Key strategies and trends impacting electric utilities 
  • Synergies between utilities and their customers on electrification
  • What we will see in a post COVID-19 future
  • A forecast of where electrification is heading in 2021 and beyond


  • Andrew Higgins, Senior Director, Products & Services, CPS Energy
  • Christopher Budzynzki, Director, Utility Policy, Exelon 
  • Jake Navarro, Director, Clean Transportation, National Grid
  • Katie Sloan, Director of Electrification, Southern California Edison
  • Kevin Schwain, Director, Electric Transportation, Xcel Energy 
  • Andrew Dillon, Innovation Fellow, Energy & Utilities, West Monroe

Part 8: Utility EV Programs – A 2021 Outlook – Part 2

Look ahead to future opportunities and key drivers to advance utility EV programs and reduce GHG.

Learning objective: 

  • What’s new in 2021 across EV adoption and utility areas of focus
  • Customer engagement – who are the emerging EV customers?
  • Drivers, trends, and opportunities behind utility EV strategy 
  • Rise of electrified fleets – EV Fleet programs and strategies
  • Overcoming barriers to scale EV programs


  • François Bausch, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Luxembourg
  • Suncheth Bhat, Director, Clean Energy Transportation, Pacific Gas and Electric
  • Rendall Farley, Manager, Electric Transportation, Avista
  • Karl Popham, Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy
  • Jeni Reynolds, Director, Clean Transportation, San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Andrew Dillon, Innovation Fellow, Energy & Utilities, West Monroe

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