Join our panelists as we:
- Explore what the ACC II rule does and what it isn’t,
- Discuss the public health and emissions impacts of the rule and the importance of moving quickly to adopt it across the Interior West, and
- Explain the new federal incentives, market trends, and auto industry preparations for increased numbers of EVs on our roads.
Transportation Electrification Manager
Western Resource Advocates
As Transportation Electrification Manager, Aaron Kressig leads WRA’s work across the region to develop and implement policies which will accelerate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and other technologies with the potential to significantly reduce emissions from the transportation sector. His work focuses on securing policies and plans which will maximize the environmental and economic benefits that electrified transportation can offer the intermountain West. He is based in Denver but works on transportation electrification policies across all of WRA’s states.
Kressig has spent his professional career studying electricity systems, focusing on policies and regulations which help communities transition to cleaner and more affordable energy. Prior to leading WRA’s transportation electrification work, he worked as a flexible grid analyst, analyzing policies and regulations affecting emerging ‘grid-edge’ technologies. Prior to joining WRA, he worked as a research analyst for the World Resources Institute based in Washington, D.C., where he helped lead the development of several energy data products to better understand the relationship between electrical generation and its impact on the environment and economic development.
Juan Roberto Madrid
Colorado Clean Transportation & Energy Policy Advocate
Juan Roberto is a Public Health Professional with 33 years of healthcare experience in the Emergency Room (ER), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Critical Care Flights/medivac, as well as the remote austere environment. The bulk of his experience, 22 years, was through military service as a Navy Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman (SARC 8427) and Special Operations Technician (SOT 8403) assigned to SEAL Teams 1, 3, and SEAL Delivery Vehicle One (SDV-1). After his Retirement in 2010 Juan Roberto worked for some of Colorado’s largest healthcare provider systems such as Centura Health and HealthOne. While working for these health systems in a Paramedic role, Paramedic Education role he learned how these systems operated at multiple levels. Juan Roberto then went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health where his concentrations were in Health Communication & Marketing as well as Environmental Health Science & Policy. Combining his passion for the outdoors and health care experience he has been involved in research on how climate change driven drought in the Southwest has been impacting the physical and mental health of farmers and ranchers in the Colorado River Basin. Juan Roberto currently serves on the Colorado Public Health Association Board, Commissioner of Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission, Co-Chair of Colorado Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families, and on the Gunnison Valley Mentors Board.
Manager, ZEV Market Advancement Section
California Air Resources Board
Anna Wong is a supervisor within the Advanced Clean Cars program at the California Air Resources Board. She has been the lead of the California Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation for more than 15 years and was instrumental in California becoming the first jurisdiction in the world with a 100% ZEV mandate. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Community and Regional Development from University of California, Davis, and currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Sacramento, California.
Senior Policy Analyst
Transportation and Energy, Consumer Reports
Chris is an engineer and sustainability professional with 20 years of experience performing policy relevant research for governments, national laboratories, universities, industry, and NGOs. He leads Consumer Reports’ research on clean vehicles, fuel economy, energy efficiency, and other energy and sustainability topics. The primary focus of his research in recent years has been on the consumer benefits of electric vehicles.
Transportation Electrification Policy Analyst
Western Resource Advocates
As WRA’s Transportation Electrification Policy Analyst, Deborah Kapiloff advocates for policies which reduce emissions in the transportation sector, focusing on transportation electrification and the adoption of electric vehicles in all of WRA’s states. Deborah’s policy work seeks to maximize the environmental and economic benefits of transportation electrification for communities across the West.
Kapiloff originally joined WRA as a Regional Markets Intern, researching how state climate goals and emissions reductions commitments can be accommodated in regional wholesale electricity markets. Prior to working with WRA, she spent time at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Washington, D.C. researching environmental justice issues in low-income communities and with the Zero Emission Resource Organization in Oslo, Norway assisting staff with research on EU carbon markets.
Fossil-fueled vehicles account for the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and are a top source of air pollution across the West. The new Advanced Clean Cars II (ACC II) standard is a policy that states can begin adopting this year to accelerate the economic, environmental, and health benefits of electric vehicles (EVs).
Transportation electrification is a key strategy in the fight to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and improve air quality across the West. ACC II will make new EVs more reliable and affordable, so that they can meet the needs of all drivers.
As the power sector in the Interior West continues to reduce its fossil-fuel use, we can use that clean electricity to power electric vehicles, resulting in even greater reductions in the harmful fossil-fuel emissions that cause climate change, pollute our air, and harm communities’ health. Even with our current electricity generation mix, EVs emit two to five times less greenhouse gas pollution than gasoline powered vehicles. The ACC II standard will help Western states rapidly achieve the benefits of EVs.
Thank you to WRA’s sponsors