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Experts share insights on electrifying personal transportation

September 10, 2019
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Over the next two days (Sept.10-11) local and international leaders in transportation electrification will gather at the Global Grid Forum in Vancouver to discuss the role of transmission in 21st century power systems, including how to electrify the transportation sector.

Renewable Cities, at SFU's Centre for Dialogue, will host a session on electrifying personal transportation, the largest GHG emissions sector in most jurisdictions around the world.

The session will include three leaders from the most advanced personal EV and electric bus jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Asia: Baerte de Brey, director of ElaadNL (the e-mobility knowledge & innovation centre for Dutch utilities), Paul Grigaux, vice-president of asset management, strategy & engineering at Southern California Edison; and Niu Jincang, vice-president, State Grid EV Service in China.

Renewable Cities is also hosting an invitational event with a select group of B.C. policy-makers, including representatives from provincial and local governments, BC Hydro, Fortis, and NRCan, to explore policy and governance applications and adaptations for B.C., based on insights from these international jurisdictions which have pioneered technical and operational solutions on climate mitigation.

“This is an important opportunity for B.C. leaders to identify approaches to move key CleanBC objectives forward to implementation,” says Alex Boston, Renewable Cities executive director, who can also be available for comment.

Contact:
Andrea Hedley, Renewable Cities communications specialist (to arrange interviews): 778.782.8851; andrea_hedley@sfu.ca

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