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Northeast States Continue Work on Reducing Carbon Pollution from the Transportation Sector


State transportation, energy, and environment officials from northeastern states gathered June 3-5 for the fifth annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) meeting to continue their efforts to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector while boosting the clean energy economy.

The sessions included discussions on a wide array of potential policy paths that would help the 12 TCI jurisdictions (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI, and VT) achieve these goals.  

An all-day workshop focused on efforts to expedite the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) in the region. Since the formation of the TCI and its Northeast Electric Vehicle Network in 2012, EV ownership has increased four-fold1 in the region and the number of EV charging stations in the region has almost tripled.2

State officials from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont discussed their plans to help put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by their governors (and those of Oregon and California).

TCI states also discussed new opportunities for greater EV deployment, trends and emerging barriers, incentive programs, issues related to EV use and the electricity grid, and the growing use of DC fast chargers.  The states' latest work seeks to build on their successful project under a U.S. Department of Energy grant to help communities prepare for increased electric vehicle use.

Senior officials from TCI agencies also reviewed analysis that is currently underway to inform discussions about potential reductions in fuel consumption and carbon pollution from the transportation sector. The group noted the importance of finding a sustainable funding solution for transportation in order to achieve climate change and energy goals.

Below is a list of participants, an agenda from the EV workshop, and some additional photos from the event.


TCI Policy Committee Participants

  • Connecticut: David Elder, Supervising Transportation Planner, Office of Strategic Planning and Projects,  Department of Transportation
  • Connecticut: Jaimeson Sinclair, Director of our Office of Climate Change and Innovation, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Delaware: Morgan Ellis, Climate Policy Analyst, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Richard Davey, Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts: David Mohler, Executive Director, Office of Transportation Planning, Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts: Steve Woelfel, Director of Strategic Planning, Department of Transportation
  • Massachusetts: David Cash, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Christine Kirby, Director, Air and Climate Division, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Ned Codd, Assistant Secretary for GreenDOT, Department of Transportation
  • Maryland: Kathy Kinsey, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Environment
  • Maine: Jason Rauch, Utility Analyst, Public Utilities Commission
  • New Hampshire: Rebecca Ohler, Transportation and Energy Programs Manager, Department of Environmental Services
  • New Hampshire: Patrick McKenna, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Transportation
  • New Jersey: David Kuhn, Director, Statewide Planning, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • New Jersey: Robert Marshall, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York: Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York: John Williams, Director, Energy Analysis, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Rhode Island: Melissa Long, ‎Administrator for Policy & Governmental Affairs, Rhode Island Department of Transportation
  • Vermont: Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Transportation
  • Vermont: Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources


TCI Steering Committee and Workgroup Chairs

  • New York: Lois New, Director, Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Co-chair of TCI Steering Committee
  • Vermont: Gina Campoli, Agency of Transportation; Co-chair of TCI Steering Committee
  • New York: Adam Ruder, Energy Analysis, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Co-chair of TCI Clean Vehicles and Fuels workgroup
  • Maryland: Liz Entwisle, Department of the Environment; Co-chair of TCI Clean Vehicles and Fuels workgroup


External Experts and Resources

  • Jim Whitty, Manager, Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • David Greene, Senior Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Anthony Eggert, Executive Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy
  • Jeff Buxbaum, Principal, Cambridge Systematics
  • Chris Porter, Principal, Cambridge Systematics

TCI Electric Vehicle Workshop Participants

  • Connecticut: Richard Hanley, Transportation Engineer, Office of Strategic Planning and Projects, Department of Transportation
  • Delaware: Morgan Ellis, Climate Policy Analyst, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Delaware: Valerie Gray, Planning Supervisor, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Massachusetts: David Cash, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Christine Kirby, Director, Air and Climate Division, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Richard Blanchet, Branch Chief, Transportation Management Programs, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Massachusetts: Stephen Russell, Alternative Transportation Coordinator/Mass. Clean Cities, Department of Energy Resources
  • Massachusetts: Linda Benevides, Director, Green Business Development, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Maryland: Elizabeth Entwisle, Administrator, Air and Radiation Management, Department of the Environment
  • New Hampshire: Felice Janelle, Mobile Sources Supervisor, Air Resources Division, Department of Environmental Services
  • New Jersey: Ken Frank, Research Scientist, Sustainability and Green Energy, Department of Environmental Protection
  • New York: Adam Ruder, Associate Project Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • New York: Steve Flint, Assistant Director, Division of Air Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New  York: Lois New, Director, Office of Climate Change, Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Rhode Island: Ryan Cote, Implementation Aid, Office of Energy Resources, Department of Administration
  • Rhode Island: Frank Stevenson, Supervising Air Quality Specialist, Office of Air Resources, Department of Environmental Management
  • Vermont: Gina Campoli, Environmental Policy Manager, Agency of Transportation
  • Vermont: Asa Hopkins, Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Department of Public Service 

Workshop Guests

  • Analisa Bevan, Chief, Sustainable Transportation Technology Branch, Emission Compliance, Automotive Regulations and Science Division, California Air Resources Board
  • Tonia Buell, Project Development and Communications Manager, Public-Private Partnerships, Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Gustavo Collantes, Assistant Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, University of California-Davis
  • Watson Collins, Manager, Business Development, Northeast Utilities
  • Karen Glitman, Director of Transportation Efficiency, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Ashley Horvat, Chief EV Officer, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Arthur Marin, Executive Director, Northeast States for Coordinates Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
  • Matt Solomon, Transportation Program Manager, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
  • Mike Scarpino, Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division, Volpe, the National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. DOT

Georgetown Climate Center Staff and Consultants

  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director; Assistant Dean for Centers and Institutes and Director of Environmental Law Program, Georgetown Law
  • Kate Zyla, Deputy Director
  • Gabe Pacyniak, Institute Associate
  • Cassandra Powers, Institute Associate & EV Coordinator
  • Tsinu Tesfaye, Administrative and Grant Coordinator
  • Sonia Hamel, Hamel Consulting
  • Jeanne Herb, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University



Agenda: TCI's 2014 Electric Vehicle Workshop

Thursday, June 5, TCI Electric Vehicle Workshop
Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston, MA 02108

TCI’s EV workshop will feature an opening session exploring new and emerging barriers to EV deployment, and three working sessions on opportunities for states to support greater EV deployment in the northeast. In each of the working sessions, speakers from TCI jurisdictions and other states will kick off the discussion by highlighting innovative EV programs they have launched, briefly summarizing their states’ motivations, discuss funding sources and measures of success, and share lessons. Following brief comments by the speakers, workshop participants will engage in a roundtable discussion to explore opportunities to apply lessons from these programs in the northeast. The workshop will adjourn at 3 pm, and a closed session of the TCI states will take place from 3:15 to 5 pm.

8:30 am: Welcome and Overview

  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center
  • Commissioner David Cash, Massachusetts DEP

9:00 am: Setting the Stage: Deployment Trends and Emerging Barriers to EV Deployment
The first session of the electric vehicle (EV) workshop will set the stage for the day’s discussions by reviewing TCI’s recent work on EV deployment, discussing EV adoption trends, summarizing emerging barriers, and identifying research gaps.

  • Adam Ruder, NYSERDA
  • Gustavo Collantes, University of California-Davis

9:45 am: Working Session 1: Financial Barriers to EV Adoption and Buyer Incentive Programs
The up-front cost of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure is often cited as a significant barrier to greater EV adoption. Several states offer buyer incentives to offset these costs, such as vehicle rebates, tax credits, and sales tax exemptions.  In this session, participants from TCI and other states will discuss innovative buyer incentive programs, and identify lessons from these programs that may be applied in the northeast.

11:15 am: Working Session 2: Education and Outreach
EVs involve new technologies that are largely unknown to many potential customers. Many auto dealers have been reluctant to embrace EVs, often directing potential EV buyers to gasoline-fueled models, and auto manufacturers have only recently begun to advertise EVs widely. To help raise awareness, some states have implemented incentive programs for auto dealers, and have launched creative programs to raise EV awareness. This session will feature a discussion of state programs to raise EV awareness, and explore opportunities for states and TCI to promote EVs through outreach activities.

12:30 pm: Lunch Discussion: EVs and the Grid
EVs raise a number of questions for utilities and public utility commissions.  As EVs become more widely adopted, regulators will have to consider whether EV charging station hosts should be regulated as utilities; whether time-of-use rates should be used to encourage off-peak charging; and whether demand charges should be levied on DC fast charger hosts. Moreover, both utilities and regulators will be faced with new issues surrounding EVs and grid integration. Over lunch, experts will present the latest research and work with workshop participants to identify emerging EV issues that should be considered by public utility commissions and utilities in the TCI region.

1:30 pm: Working Session 3: Infrastructure Barriers and DC Fast Charging Programs
Range anxiety is often cited as a barrier to widespread EV adoption; however, DC fast chargers have the potential to provide quick and convenient recharging options that reduce this concern. Some states are strategically investing in DC fast chargers and encouraging private sector investment, and TCI has proposed to undertake a DC fast charging planning study for the region. In this session, states that are planning to install—or have already installed—DC fast chargers will describe their DC fast charge programs and share lessons learned, and participants will explore opportunities for individual states and the TCI region to support DC fast charger deployment.

2:45 pm: Wrap-Up

3:00 pm: EV Workshop Adjourns



1 Calculations by the Georgetown Climate Center using electric vehicle registration data estimates from Transportation and Climate Initiative states.

2 Alternative Fuels Data Center.

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Private-Sector Companies Pledge Support for the Deployment of Electric Vehicles in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States


The Transportation and Climate Initiative announced this week that seventy organizations have pledged to help facilitate the deployment of electric vehicles in the northeastern United States - in large part due to work being done by states to develop the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network.

The network is a project of the Transportation and Climate Initiative and was launched in late 2011 to enable travelers to drive plug-in cars and trucks throughout northern New England to DC and everywhere in between.

Organizations stepping forward to pledge their commitment include BMW, Frito Lay, Ford, Price Chopper, IKEA, National Grid, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), and Ceres' BICEP on behalf of its member companies, which include Starbucks, Nike, eBay and Clif Bar.

"Many of these companies have long been supporters of electric vehicles," said Beverley Swaim-Staley, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation. "Our goal here is to get everyone working together - both the public and the private sector - so that our region can maximize resources and lead the way in the deployment of electric vehicles."

"We're seeing a lot of momentum build behind this effort, and that bodes very well for the future."

Frito Lay, for example, currently has 47 electric trucks in the Northeast, and plans to add another 30 to its fleet in the TCI region in 2012.  Others, like ECOtality, Coulomb Technologies and AeroVironment have pledged to work with the initiative to better understand and help overcome electric vehicle deployment obstacles.

"The commitment and support from these organizations is critical to TCI developing an electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.  "In New York, Governor Cuomo recently awarded funding for the installation of 325 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the State which will complement the efforts of the other states within TCI."

Additional early signers of TCI's pledge to support the deployment of electric vehicles include: the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative, Mass Audubon, Converdant Vehicles, The Bozzuto Group, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Conservation Law Foundation, American National Standards Institute, Project Get Ready Rhode Island, Environment Northeast, Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, The Climate Group,  Timber Rock Energy Solutions, Pair Networks Inc., Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency, Maryland Science Center, City of Albany, University of Albany, City of Baltimore, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, AutoPort, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Fuji Electric Corp. of America, Green Mountain Power, Partnerships 1, Vermont Department of Public Service, Vermont Electric Power Company, EVermont, SemaConnect, Beacon Hill Athletic Club, Pittsburgh Climate Initiative, Howard County, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities,  and Ceres' BICEP on behalf of their member companies, which also include Annie's Inc., Anvil Knitwear, Aspen Skiing Company, Avon Products, Ben and Jerry's, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, KB Home, Levi Strauss & Co., Limited Brands, New Belgium Brewing, The North Face, Outdoor Industry Association, Seventh Generation, Stonyfield Farm, Symantec and Timberland.

Additional stakeholders are expected to continue signing the pledge, and TCI officials say they will continue to work with the private and public sector and NGOs to obtain additional voluntary commitments in support of electric vehicles.

Last week, transportation, environment and energy agency heads from 11 states and the District of Columbia advanced that effort, meeting with a number of company executives at their third annual TCI Summit to develop a shared vision that promotes the use of alternative fuels in the region.  Companies that participated in the discussion included UPS, Coulomb Technologies, Nissan North America, and National Grid.

Agency heads also discussed next steps on efforts to foster sustainable communities, improve freight efficiency and make mobile apps more accessible to relieve congestion, promote transit use and locate and reserve electric vehicle charging stations.

Jurisdictions participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative are Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.  TCI states work closely with Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the region on the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network.


The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a collaboration of 11 states and the District of Columbia that seeks to expand the clean energy economy in the transportation sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The TCI is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center through funding from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Oak Foundation, Barr Foundation, Surdna Foundation and NYSERDA through a U.S. Department of Energy Electric Vehicle Readiness Planning Grant. 

TCI States Release Stakeholder Pledge to Demonstrate Deep Support for EVs


Support for electric vehicles in the northeast continues to grow, and states participating in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network are forging ahead with preparations for the mass market arrival of plug-in cars and trucks and the economic and environmental benefits that these vehicles can deliver.

Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, northeastern states are working with stakeholders to build support for electric vehicles and remove barriers to the widespread deployment of EVs.  Most recently, participating states released an electric vehicle support pledge to continue building momentum and to demonstrate broad and deep support for electric vehicles in the region.  Collecting pledges will also enable TCI to highlight the good work that many organizations are already undertaking to promote electric vehicles. 

If you haven't already done so, we encourage your company or organization to sign the pledge, which can be downloaded here.  

Pledges may be returned to Cassie Powers ( with the Georgetown Climate Center, which facilitates the TCI at the direction of participating states.  Questions about the pledge may also be directed to Ms. Powers. To learn more about the TCI, click here.

Transportation and Climate Initiative Annual Summit


Transportation, environment, and energy agency heads and staff from 11 states and the District of Columbia will meet June 12-13 in Baltimore, MD, for the third annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Summit.  

The Summit will start immediately following the NASTO meeting at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel with a lunch at noon.  Agency heads will participate on the first day of the event.  Staff will seek to move projects forward with a work session on June 13 after receiving direction from agency heads.  

Additional details about the meeting will be posted here in the months ahead.

The TCI seeks to capture the benefits of clean energy policies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.  The group is expected to continue its work in the following areas: promoting clean vehicles and fuels, including its Northeast Electric Vehicle Network; fostering sustainable communities; implementing innovative, information and communication technologies, and improving the efficiency of freight throughout the region.


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Click here for more information about the TCI's work or watch the video below.

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