Michigan UP EV Readiness Workshop

Accelerating Michigan's Electric Vehicle Future

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST

Program Overview

The Michigan UP EV Readiness Workshop sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), is a half-day virtual convening designed to connect municipalities and business leaders in the Upper Peninsula to discuss what is needed to make Michigan “EV Infrastructure Ready”.

As a premier event covering infrastructure electrification in the UP, the Michigan UP EV Readiness Workshop will address the issues that matter to businesses, economic development agencies, communities, municipal leaders and utilities contemplating an EV charging project:

  • EV Charging Technologies Overview
  • State of Michigan EV Charging Study
  • EV Charging Station Deployments – What to Know Before You Break Ground
  • How UP Utilities are Getting EV Ready
  • EGLE EV Charging Station Incentives and how to apply
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Workshop Agenda

9:00 a.m.

Welcome remarks

Jim Saber – CEO, NextEnergy

9:10 a.m.

EV Charging Technologies Overview

Tim Slusser – Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives, NextEnergy

This session is an EV charging 101 exploring topics such as charging basics, EV charging business models and the benefits of Level 3 DC fast charging.

9:35 a.m.

State of Michigan EV Charging Study Overview

Dr. Mehrnaz Ghamami – Assistant Professor, MSU

Dr. Ghamami will present an overview of a Michigan EV Charging Study, the results and how can city planners can best utilize this information.

10:25 a.m.

EV Infrastructure Deployments – What to Know Before You Break Ground

Eric McDonald – Director, Testing & Infrastructure Development, NextEnergy

This session covers how to site an EV charger, pitfalls to avoid, how to engage with local government on codes and permits and explores the debate of overbuild now or upgrade later?

10:50 a.m.

Break

11:05 a.m.

Panel Session: How U.P. Utilities are Getting EV Infrastructure Ready

Moderator: Tim Slusser – Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives, NextEnergy
Panelist: Brett Niemi – Senior Energy Services Manager, WPPI Energy
Panelist: Panelist: Brett French – Vice President of Business Development & Communications, UPPCO
Panelist: Mike Heise – President and CEO, Cloverland Electric Cooperative

A compelling discussion around what do developers need to know, when should they engage with their local utility, what is the best method to reach out to the utility and what are the lead times.

11:40 a.m.

EGLE EV Charging Infrastructure Incentives

Julie Staveland – EGLE – Manager, Sustainability

Receive an update on EGLE’s EV infrastructure goals and objectives and learn about available incentives as well as what to do before applying for funding and how to apply.

12:05 p.m.

Wrap-up and Next Steps

Jim Saber – CEO, NextEnergy

12:15 p.m.

Adjourn

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Why is it important

In 2019, Michigan State University released its Electric Vehicle Charger Placement Optimization in Michigan report. This report, commissioned by EGLE, identified key areas of the Upper Peninsula which would require EV charging infrastructure deployments to enable statewide travel of electric vehicles.

EGLE has launched an EV charger placement project, Charge Up Michigan, that aims to build the infrastructure for DC fast charging stations throughout Michigan to ensure the feasibility of long distance trips for electric vehicle users within the state and to neighboring states and Canada. EGLE will provide funding of up to $70,000 for eligible EV charging equipment.

This workshop will provide participants with the information needed to apply for available incentives and plan a successful EV charging installation project to support the development of a robust electric vehicle charging network throughout the State of Michigan.

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Who should attend

This workshop is designed for any business, economic development agency, community, municipal leader or utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula interested in learning more about EV infrastructure or with an immediate electric vehicle charger installation project.

Municipal leaders and representatives registered for the Michigan UP EV Readiness Workshop will receive an invite to participate in a 1-on-1 consulting session with NextEnergy’s team of technical experts. Get answers to your EV charging station installation questions.

Why is it important

In 2019, Michigan State University released its Electric Vehicle Charger Placement Optimization in Michigan report. This report, commissioned by EGLE, identified key areas of the Upper Peninsula which would require EV charging infrastructure deployments to enable statewide travel of electric vehicles.

EGLE has launched an EV charger placement project, Charge Up Michigan, that aims to build the infrastructure for DC fast charging stations throughout Michigan to ensure the feasibility of long distance trips for electric vehicle users within the state and to neighboring states and Canada. EGLE will provide funding of up to $70,000 for eligible EV charging equipment.

This workshop will provide participants with the information needed to apply for available incentives and plan a successful EV charging installation project to support the development of a robust electric vehicle charging network throughout the State of Michigan.

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for any business, economic development agency, community, municipal leader or utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula interested in learning more about EV infrastructure or with an immediate electric vehicle charger installation project.

Municipal leaders and representatives registered for the Michigan UP EV Readiness Workshop will receive an invite to participate in a 1-on-1 consulting session with NextEnergy’s team of technical experts. Get answers to your EV charging station installation questions.

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