Leveraging Utility Partnerships for Fleet Electrification  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours
0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

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 recorded webinar, FEMP discusses planning considerations and strategies related to federal fleet electrification, including federal energy goals, EV acquisition, capital investments and financial support.


Cabell Hodge, Federal Fleet Manager, 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.

Chandra Shah, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Chandra Shah is a senior project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has been supporting FEMP since 1998--helping agencies purchase off-site renewable energy, implement distributed energy projects, and achieve energy/water goals through utility energy service contracts and other utility partnerships. She is a CEM and holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jeff Gingrich, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory  

Jeff Gingrich manages program and training development for the FEMP Utility Team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He is an advisor in supporting development of UESC projects and develops resources and curriculum for the internationally accredited UESC training courses for federal agencies and regulated utilities. In addition, Jeff supports a portfolio of projects at NREL that include energy savings performance contracts and Integrated Urban Services in the ASEAN region.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize 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: