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Utilities & Electric Cars: How Utilities Are Advancing Transportation Electrification


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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The adoption of electric vehicles requires an “ecosystem” of stakeholders to advance this technology. From consumers, government agencies, automakers, charging station firms to nonprofit organizations like Forth. Electric utilities are also key players in the industry and many are working to make public charging more accessible, educate consumers, and demonstrate how EVs support the grid.


We will be joined by three guest speakers representing our regional utilities: PacifiCorp, Portland General Electric and Rocky Mountain Power. Oregon’s Senate Bill 1547 requires Oregon’s two largest utilities, Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp, which together serve over 70% of the state's electricity needs, to develop programs for accelerating transportation electrification. These plans have been approved by the Public Utility Commission and guest speakers Aaron Milano (PGE) and Eli Morris (PacifiCorp) will share their utilities’ respective plans and how they will advance electric mobility in the Portland area. Our third guest speaker, James Campbell of Rocky Mountain Power, will discuss the WestSmart EV Program, a regional program advancing electric mobility in the western states. James will be highlighting efforts in Utah, focusing on the successes, challenges and lessons learned from Rocky Mountain’s current programs.


This event is open to the public. Forth members get a discounted registration rate of $15; non-members pay $25. Registration includes a hosted happy hour. Not a member yet? Contact us to learn more.

Guest Speakers


Aaron Milano, Program Manager, Portland General Electric


Aaron is a Program Manager at Portland General Electric specializing in the integrated grid and distributed energy resources. In this role, he plans future utility programs that improve customer experience, improve system reliability, and enable development of renewable energy. Aaron oversaw the development of PGE’s recent Transportation Electrification Plan.

Prior to Aaron’s work at PGE, he supported the development of the City of Durham, NC’s first electric vehicle and charging station plan, oversaw construction of large-scale solar projects, and ran utility energy efficiency programs.  His interest in mobility and air emissions spawned from his research at the University of North Carolina on the effects of biofuel emissions on smog formation and climate change, and he is excited about the convergence of the electricity and mobility sectors.


Eli Morris, Planning Manager, PacifiCorp


Eli leads the development of energy efficiency, demand response, and electric transportation programs to help PacifiCorp's customers meet and manage their energy needs. Eli works closely with PacifiCorp's load forecasting, integrated resource planning, regulation, and other departments to ensure seamless integration of customer solutions with other PacifiCorp system planning efforts.

Prior to joining PacifiCorp in 2012, Eli worked at The Cadmus Group where he helped utilities across the country plan and evaluate demand-side management programs.


James Campbell, Legislative Policy Advisor, Rocky Mountain Power


James Campbell is the legislative policy advisor at Rocky Mountain Power (RMP).  James joined RMP in 2007 where he has worked on developing corporate policy and strategy.  He most recently drafted and implemented the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan legislation and was the recipient of a $4 million U.S. Department of Energy cost share award for the deployment of electric transportation programs.  Currently, he is working on developing the company’s Smart Cities Initiative. Prior to joining RMP, James worked at the Utah Division of Air Quality where he was the staff lead for Governor Huntsman’s Renewable Energy Initiative and Blue Ribbon Advisory Council for Climate Change.   James earned a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, a Masters in Environmental Engineering, and a Masters in Business Administration all from the University of Utah.      



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Jaguar Land Rover Open Software Technology Center

1732 NW Quimby Street
Portland, OR 97209

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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