The Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Alternative Fuel Corridor Convening was the fourth in a series of regional Convenings sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. The Convening was held in Providence, Rhode Island on July 10, 2019 in collaboration with the Northeast Diesel Collaborative’s Partners Meeting and with more than 55 stakeholders participating. The Convening focused on advancing regional coordination to expand the network of nationally-designated alternative fuel corridors. Participants included representatives from Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Vermont.
Convening Agenda and Summary Report
Convening Fact Sheets
Northeast Diesel Collaborative leadership and the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) lead on alternative fuel corridors provided welcome and introductory remarks on the importance of regional coordination and partnerships to support the development of alternative fuel corridors and a sustainable transportation network.
Gary Rennie, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1
Diane Turchetta, Transportation Specialist, U.S. Federal Highway Administration
Partnership Goals and Objectives
Meeting hosts presented convening objectives to enhance multi-state collaboration, evaluate key barriers, and find solutions to advance alternative fuel corridors in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic U.S.
Oana Leahu-Aluas, Associate, Cadmus
Alycia Gilde, Director, Fuels and Infrastructure, CALSTART
Alternative Fuel Corridor Initiatives: Progress to Date, Outreach, Funding
Partners throughout the region presented on innovative programs currently advancing alternative fuel corridors in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic U.S. This session provided first-hand accounts of the partners, technologies, and funding that are making it possible.
Abby Swaine, SmartWay and Clean Freight, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1
Joshua Dziubek, Energy Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality
Patrick Bolton, Senior Project Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Alternative Fuel Corridor Planning Tools
This session presented the variety of tools available to support states in planning for and mapping alternative fueling infrastructure. This session also covered the types of analyses necessary to identify and fill infrastructure gaps along the corridors, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Alternative Fuels Data Center alternative fueling station locator, a corresponding corridor tool, and additional tools developed by the Transportation and Climate Initiative and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.
Alexander Barton, Manufacturing Applications Engineer, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
Grace Van Horn, Energy and Environmental Policy Consultant, M. J. Bradley & Associates LLC
Johanna Levene, Manager, Transportation Data and Tools, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Matt Rahill, Alternative Fuels Data Center Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Building Awareness & Leveraging Partnerships: Communicating Availability and Benefits of Alternative Fuels to Enhance Corridors
During this session, partners discussed the strategies, partnerships, and resources required to build awareness on the availability and benefits of alternative fuel corridors. Panelists shared experiences securing stakeholder support for alternative fuel infrastructure along corridors and discussed additional needs such as signage.
Sarah McKearnan, Senior Policy Advisor, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
Colleen Turner, Assistant Director, Innovative Technologies and Regional Planning, Maryland Department of Transportation
Erin Russell-Story, Clean Cities Northeast Regional Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Susan McSherry, Director, Alternative Fuel Programs, New York City Department of Transportation
Case Study: Economic Impact of Fully-Developed Alternative Fuel Corridor
Jacob Lehr, Senior Research Analyst, Industrial Economics, Inc.
Filling the Gap: Strategy, Technology, and Partnership for Infrastructure Development
Technology and fuel suppliers shared perspectives on how to “fill the infrastructure gap” and discussed challenges and best practices for the planning and implementation of alternative fuel corridors.
Barry Carr, Eastern Regional Manager, Trillium
Marcy Bauer, Director, Program Operations, EVGo
Chelsea Jenkins, Executive Director of Government Affairs, ROUSH Clean Tech
Roy Bant, Hydrogen Energy Business Development Manager, Northeast, Air Liquide