A panel held at the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium in Knoxville covered a variety of topics regarding electric mass transit and its potential in the United States.
Discussions ranged from technology and connectivity concerns to examining smart mobility case studies. Policy options and issues were also reviewed, as well as evaluating future visions and groundtruthing.
The two day panel, open to the public, analyzed the costs, benefits, and barriers associated with electrified transit and intelligent transportation system technologies while also addressing what local governments, utilities, and transit agencies must consider in making the switch.
With the emergence of these technologies expanding, best practices were also identified through smart mobility case studies and further analysis was conducted and discussed at what can be done at the local, state, and federal levels to provide momentum for these technologies.
“Electric Mass Transit as an Option for Urban Mobility” was jointed hosted by the Baker Center, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
To view the recording of the June 20 discussions, click here
To view the recording of the June 21 discussions, click here
SAVE THE DATE:
A Public Forum
Electric Mass Transit as an Option for Urban Mobility
University of Tennessee (UT) Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy
Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC)
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
When: June 20-21, 2018
Where: Toyota Auditorium
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Ut Knoxville
1640 Cumberland Avenue – Knoxville, Tennessee
With the emergence of electrified transit options and intelligent transportation system technologies, what are the costs, benefits, and barriers associated with these technologies that local governments, utilities, and transit agencies must consider and address? What best practices can be identified from electric mass transit and smart mobility case studies, and what can be done at the local, state, and federal levels to provide forward momentum in these areas? Are the visions of future transportation systems realistic and obtainable?
Join us for panel discussions regarding electric mass transit as an option for urban mobility on June 20-21, 2018. Our panelists will present on a variety of topics, including:
- Technology and Connectivity
- Policy Options and Issues
- Smart Mobility Case Studies
- Visions and Groundtruthing
This event is free, and lunch will be provided on both days. An evening networking reception will also be planned.
This event is sponsored by UT, TDEC, and TVA. If you have any questions, please contact TDEC OEP’s Communications Coordinator Shauna Basques at Shauna.Basques@tn.gov or 615-253-1947.
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Energy Resource Council will meet Thursday in Chattanooga and take public comment.
Topics scheduled for discussion during the session include TVA’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan, Focus Areas of the plan, the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Public Engagement in the plan.
The RERC is a Federal Advisory Committee created by TVA to advise our board and leadership on its energy resource activities. The Council advised TVA on its 2015 IRP, which helped TVA achieve air quality improvement goals and led to the utility’s current 55 percent carbon-free portfolio.
The working session takes place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad St. in downtown Chattanooga.
The public is invited to share their views and opinions directly to the RERC members during an hour-long public comment session beginning at 1 p.m. Anyone who wishes to speak should register at the door between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The Tennessee Valley Authority hosted a webinar in May to provide transparency to stakeholders and the public at-large on the status of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan.
The 2019 IRP is expected to provide TVA direction on how to best meet future electricity demand. Building upon the work done in prior plans, TVA has started the 2019 IRP to proactively address the changing utility marketplace.
TVA says this latest IRP will explore various scenarios related to the expansion of distributed energy resources in the Tennessee Valley. TVA also is seeking to improve its understanding of the impact and benefit of system flexibility with increasing renewable and distributed resources.
During the webinar, TVA leaders discussed some of the major themes received during the public comment and scoping period which began February 15 and wrapped up on April 16.
TVA received hundreds of comments during that time frame with topics ranging from:
- Encouragement of clean energy initiatives, renewable energy, and research and development on DERs
- Call for special attention to environmental justice/affected environment analyses on impacts to limited income households
- General interest in energy efficiency measures and energy storage alternatives
- General input on modeling, metrics/calculations and evaluation criteria
- General comments on fuel diversification options
TVA will now be compiling a report summarizing the scoping input which will describe how TVA is responding to the input during the development of the IRP and the EIS. This scoping report will also detail scenarios, strategies, and energy resources being carried forward in the IRP and IRP EIS analysis. It’s important to note the scoping report is scheduled to be posted to the IRP website in early July 2018.
During the webinar, TVA also provided a schedule and timeline of future milestones regarding the 2019 IRP.
- By Summer/Fall of 2018, a series of deep evaluations and analysis work will be completed, as well as some initial modeling will be drafted.
- By Winter/Spring 2019, pending Valley-wide public meetings TVA will present its initial results and publish a draft EIS and IRP.
- By Spring/Summer 2019, public meetings will have wrapped up and TVA says it will incorporate that input into the 2019 IRP.
- By Summer 2019, a preferred plan and direction will be identified with TVA’s board approval and a final publication of the EIS and 2019 IRP will be available.
For a link to TVA’s 2019 IRP website, click here.
TAEBC members had the opportunity to have an open dialogue with the newest addition to TVA’s board, Jeff Smith.
Smith was nominated by President Donald Trump on Sept. 21, 2017, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21, 2017. He was sworn in by U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves of the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Director Smith lives in Knoxville and serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations for UT-Battelle and the Deputy for Operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
During the meeting, Smith discussed his leadership style was something that was passed down to him from his father by leaving things in a better condition then when you found it.
He also elaborated how when it comes to economic development, TVA has been working to recruit companies to the area by making things more simplistic. He mentioned several conversations have taken place at TVA as the energy company sees more industries moving to the area, they are brainstorming ways TVA can be involved in the process.
Jeff also seemed open to more focus groups and interactions with stakeholders that include pilot or demonstration projects with TAEBC members.