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June 8, 2021 55 min

We have the technology needed to drive the clean energy future, but what policies must we adopt now to actually reach that goal? In part two of our three-part series on electrifying transportation, host Sara Baldwin speaks with electric vehicle and electricity policy experts to explore the most critical policies needed for an all-electric transportation transition that also helps achieve a carbon-free grid within 15 years. We dive into the current state of play of federal EV and charging infrastructure policies, a federal clean electricity standard, policies to enhance America’s economic competitiveness, and approaches to ensure an equitable transition. You won’t want to miss this inside scoop on America’s clean energy policy landscape!

Dr. Kelly Fleming, Ph.D., Policy Director at Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA). Prior to joining ZETA, Kelly was a research and policy analyst at the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy at University of California, Davis. She also received the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship where she served at the Department of Energy. She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington and B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines, all in Chemical Engineering. 

Mike O’Boyle, Director of Electricity Policy at Energy Innovation, directs the firm’s Power Sector Transformation program, working with policymakers, advocates, and others on policy and technology solutions for a clean, reliable, and affordable U.S. electricity system. Mike has co-authored foundational reports including Coal Cost Crossover 2.0, 2030 Report: Powering America’s Clean Economy, and A National Clean Electricity Standard to Benefit All Americans. Mike graduated cum laude from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he focused on energy and international law. He also has a B.A from Vanderbilt University.  

To Dig in Deeper, Check out these Must-Read Resources:

  • Zero Emission Transportation Association Policy Platform (Zero Emission Transportation Association)
  • 2035 Report 2.0: Plummeting Costs and Dramatic Improvements in Batteries Can Accelerate Our Clean Transportation Future (University of California, Berkeley, GridLab, and Energy Innovation, April 2021)
  • Accelerating Clean, Electrified Transportation by 2035: Policy Priorities: A 2035 2.0 Companion Report(Energy Innovation and Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, April 2021)
  • 2030 Report: Powering America’s Clean Economy (Energy Innovation)
  • A National Clean Electricity Standard to Benefit All Americans (Energy Innovation) 
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