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Fargo-Moorhead area charged up about electric vehicles

Learning & Networking

 

Over 80 people attended Pathways to Electric Vehicle (EV) Adoption in Moorhead, MN on Wednesday, May 15th, co-hosted by CERTs and NDSU Extension.

The speakers and attendees gathered at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel were a mix of electric utility representatives, governmental staff and elected officials from the state, county and city level, businesses and economic development organizations, fleet managers, university educators and students, and EV owners and sustainability advocates.

 

Workshop Goals

  1. Increase awareness around EVs as a relevant option in the region, both cars and charging opportunities in Northwest Minnesota, Eastern North Dakota
  2. Connect the people and players in the region who are interested in expanding EVs use
  3. Identify opportunities to expand EV adoption in the region

The great thing about working on electric vehicles is that it brings so many different people and interests together. EVs can be a win for the environment, a win for electric utilities, a win for cleaner air, a win for building out business and tourism infrastructure, and less maintenance for fleet owners. And they are super fun to drive on top of that!

Joel Haskard, CERTs Co-Director at University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Workshop Agenda

1:00pm
Welcome & Introductions - David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University Extension; Joel Haskard, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
1:15pm
Status of Electric Vehicles in the market - Robert Moffitt, American Lung Association in Minnesota
1:35pm
Charging Infrastructure - Matthew Blackler, ZEF Energy
1:55pm
EV Expansion in the Upper Midwest: Ingredients for Success - Katelyn Bocklund, Great Plains Institute
2:30pm
Panel: Utility perspectives on EVs with Bob Miller, Cass County Electric Cooperative; Travis Schmidt, Moorhead Public Service; Kaylee Cusack, Minnkota Power Cooperative; and Gregory Anderson, Otter Tail Power Company
3:30pm
Panel: Roles and perspectives of other community groups with Mike Williams, Citizens Local Energy Action Network; Dan Mahli, City of Moorhead; Diana McKeown, CERTs and Great Plains Institute
4:15pm
Networking & tour of electric vehicles

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Full Event Slide Deck

Kicking the Tires

After an afternoon of speakers and presentations, attendees went outside to check out nearly a dozen electric cars (and even an electric bike!). A special thanks to all the EV drivers from North Dakota and Minnesota who made the day special!

Moorhead EV Workshop