ATTENTION: Reporters covering the environment, climate change, real estate, housing, automobiles.
WHAT: To meet the needs of electric vehicle (EV) drivers and achieve state environmental and energy goals, California must build as many as 220,000 publicly accessible EV charging ports by 2020, well beyond the roughly 12,000 that exist in the state today. At a lunchtime forum, UCLA and UC Berkeley Schools of Law will release a joint report, “Plugging Away: How to Boost Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure,” which outlines specific policies and steps that California can take to meet this daunting challenge.
WHEN: Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: UCLA School of Law, Room 1447
WHO: Lead author Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Change and Business Program at UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools, will present the report’s key findings. Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission, will deliver a keynote address. Panelists will include:
- Tyson Eckerle, Zero Emissions Project Manager, Office of Governor Jerry Brown, Business and Economic Development
- Terry O’Day, Vice President, charging station provider EVgo
- Laura Renger, Principle Manager, Air and Climate, Southern California Edison
DETAILS: Speakers will discuss legal and regulatory barriers to the development of California’s EV infrastructure, as well as policy reforms that could spur its rapid growth—from permitting to tax credits and other incentives.
PARKING: Pay-by-space parking is available adjacent to UCLA School of Law, as well as in parking structures #2 and #3. See map for directions and details.
The report is a joint publication of Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and UCLA Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. For more information about the report, contact Ethan Elkind, Elkind@law.berkeley.edu or at (310) 729-0902.
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