Leveraging Utility Partnerships for Fleet Electrification  

Education Type: 
Live Online
1.5 Hours
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
0.2 CEU

Federal agencies are on the cusp of a major transition from traditional gas-powered vehicles to fleets of electric vehicles (EVs). As the demand for EV procurement and on-site infrastructure increases, it will be critical for agencies to work with their local utility partners to develop EV and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) solutions that support agency transportation goals and provide the best value to the government and the public at large. In this webinar, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will discuss planning considerations and strategies related to federal fleet electrification, including federal energy goals, EV acquisition, capital investments, and financial support.


Cabell Hodge, Fleet Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Cabell is the federal fleet project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He works with the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program to provide regulatory and technical assistance to federal fleets. He has written technical reports on electric vehicle supply equipment installation, charging management, vehicle grid integration, bus electrification, and vehicle cybersecurity. Before joining NREL, Cabell was a policy advisor at the Colorado Energy Office, where he developed programs and policies to deploy alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. Cabell graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a degree in economics and from the University of Colorado with a Juris Doctorate and a Graduate Energy Certificate.

Jesse Bennett, Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Jesse Bennett works at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in vehicle technology integration, helping fleets implement electric vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment. He performs site visits, makes implementation recommendations, troubleshoots electric vehicle fleet projects, and develops training sessions for fleets. Prior to joining NREL, Bennett worked as a materials and standards engineer with Duquesne Light Company, where he developed standard construction drawings and material specifications for a broad range of electric distribution equipment such as transformers, switches, and cable. He also received his Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University.

Deb Vasquez, Senior Program Leader, NREL  

Deb Vasquez is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory technical lead for the Federal Energy Management Program's utility energy service contract team. She provides technical support, training, and resource development for federal government energy projects that leverage utility industry capabilities and private financing to improve federal government facilities infrastructure.

Chandra Shah, Senior Project Leader, NREL  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has supported the Federal Energy Management Program since 1998 and has more than 15 years of experience helping federal partners reduce costs by implementing distributed energy (through ESPC Energy Sales Agreements and other mechanisms) and purchasing off-site renewables. She is a Certified Energy Manager and holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Explore the opportunities and challenges for federal agencies related to the electric fleet transition;
  • Explain basic steps for evaluating facility EVSE infrastructure needs and requirements;
  • Explore how to leverage your utility's capabilities and expertise to develop solutions for expanding EV fleets;
  • Identify candidates for electric fleets;
  • Identify contracting options for procuring EVs and/or EVSE from serving utilities; and
  • Locate FEMP resources to assist with federal fleet projects.
Federal Agencies and Facility Criteria: