Spearman to Address Energy and National Security Issues at Forum

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Keynote Address by State Senator Patricia Spearman at Electric Transportation Forum in Reno Feb. 22

Nevada Senator Patricia Spearman
Nevada Senator Patricia Spearman

Nevada State Senator Patricia Spearman (District 1, Clark County) will address “Energy and National Security Issues” in her keynote luncheon address at the Northern Nevada Electric Transportation Forum, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at the UNR Innevation Center. 

Senator Spearman sponsored and helped pass several clean energy bills in the 2017 Nevada Legislative session including SB150, an energy efficiency bill expected to save consumers money; SB392, a bill to facilitate community solar projects; and SB145, an incentive program for electric vehicle infrastructure and an incentive program for energy storage projects.

According to many military and national security experts, electric vehicles and other electric transportation are among the best ways to reduce the imports of foreign oil, improving the U.S. balance of trade as well reducing revenues to a number of governments antagonistic towards U.S. foreign policy interests.

Following Senator Spearman’s keynote address, other presentations and speakers at the Electric Transportation Forum include:

  • An overview of “The Nevada Electric Highway,” Angela Dykema, Director, Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy
  • “The Economic and Environmental Benefits of EVs: A Regional Overview,” Will Toor, Transportation Program Manager, SWEEP
  • “NDEP Planning for the VW Fund Grant Application Process,” presented by a representative of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP)
  • “Potential Utility Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging,” featuring Bruce Breslow, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN), and Marie Steele, Manager, Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy, NV Energy
  • “Electric Vehicles in Fleets,” featuring David Jickling, RTC Director of Public Transportation & Operations, and Jim O’Connell, Adomani Electric School Buses
  • Assemblywoman Jill Tolles will lead a concluding round-table discussion

The forum is organized by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and the Green Alliance. Sponsors and supporters include NV Energy, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, the City of Reno, Nv-EfX, and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC).

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the forum is expected to conclude at 4 p.m.

The $20 cost to attend includes lunch. A very limited number of seats are still available. Registration is available online at http://conta.cc/2nu1OnB. For more information or to register by phone, please call Tom Polikalas of SWEEP at (775) 386-7411.

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