"Navigating Today's Challenges to Reach Tomorrow's Opportunities: Expanding the Market for Renewable Transportation" July 17, 2012 | Marriott Metro Center hotel | Washington, D.C.
Victor M. Mendez, Federal Highway Administrator, United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
PANEL 1: THE STATE OF THE MARKET FOR ALTERNATIVE VEHICLES AND RENEWABLE FUELS Panel 1 will bring together experts from across the renewable transportation and fuels sector to share the state of their respective industries. Additionally, panelists will discuss common success and identify roadblocks to expanding the renewable transportation market.
Andrew Jack, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP - Moderator
William Chernicoff, Manager, Energy & Environmental Research, Toyota Motors North America Inc.
Daniel R. Frakes, Manager, Vehicle, Fuels & Advanced Technology Policy, General Motors
PANEL 2: THE BUSINESS TAKE: CHALLENGES FACED AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION Panel 2 will bring together business leaders from across the spectrum of size, mode of transportation, and energy source to provide insight into the challenges that companies face in servicing the market and providing scalable solutions which enable the new, renewable technologies. Panelists will also discuss how collaboration between companies of varying size and different industries will be both required and beneficial.
Arun Banskota, President, Electric Vehicle Services, NRG Energy - Moderator
PANEL 3: FINANCING THE FUTURE: BARRIERS TO LENDING IN THE RENEWABLE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR Panel 3 will convene leaders in the financial sector to provide insight into lender expectation for financing renewable transportation projects. Panelists will explore common pitfalls and barriers to financing these deals.
PANEL 4: THE SALES PITCH: SELLING YOUR PRODUCT TO CONSUMERS, THE MEDIA, AND SKEPTICS Panel 4 will serve as a discussion amongst transportation experts in the media and the non-profit sector to help attendees better understand how to manage public perception, educate consumers, and handle media relations in order to sell market-ready products to a skeptical market.
Brian Wynne, President, Electric Drive Transportation Association - Moderator
Warren Brown, Columnist, The Washington Post
John Siciliano, Managing Editor, Clean Energy Report