Factsheets & Webinars


Information on various topics related to green transportation is available here:

Renewable Fuels

Tax Considerations


Listed below are webinars organized and hosted by the GTP team. We also want to direct your attention to events sponsored by the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, which we have included on our Calendar-Events page.

Electric School Bus Technical Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

This workshop was co-hosted by the Green Transportation Program and the Washington Dept. of Ecology, which will publish a new funding opportunity in November.

Join us to:

  • Hear the latest about electric school bus (ESB) and charging technologies.
  • Learn lessons from school districts among the first in Washington to deploy ESBs.
  • Discuss cold weather and range concerns.
  • Sign up for free technical assistance.

[Webinar Recording]: https://www.energy.wsu.edu/videos/gtp_20231025/

A New Era for Biogas & RNG in Washington & Oregon

Dates: Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 and Wednesday, Oct. 26

Much has changed in policy, markets, and finance to make biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) projects attractive to developers and investors throughout the Northwest. With Washington joining Oregon to establish a Clean Fuel Standard Program, the opportunity to use biogas and RNG to fuel vehicles makes the opportunity beneficial to many more communities. Experts from WSU, industry, and the public sector discuss where to find opportunities and how to take advantage of new funding.

[Webinar Recordings]: Oct. 24 – Oregon and SW Washington; Oct. 26 – Western Washington

Puget Sound Energy’s DC Fast Charging Tour

Date:Thursday, August 4, 2022

Puget Sound Energy hosted a DC Fast Charging event in Lacey, WA, to showcase a network of public charging stations for EV drivers throughout the PSE service area. Participants heard about planning and setting up DCFC, public charging, and how PSE and other utilities are supporting EV fleets.

GOT GAS AGAIN: RNG Opportunities from Yakima to the Tri-Cities

Date: Friday, Apr 22, 2022

After a decade of relative quiet, new initiatives in Washington DC and Washington state are making local governments, private companies, and developers take notice of distributed, renewable resources. In this webinar about biogas and RNG (renewable natural gas), presenters talked about opportunities in the south-central area of Washington for producing biogas and RNG, including from landfills, wastewater reclamation, food processing and recovery, and dairy production. We discussed what’s different and what’s similar about capturing and marketing the energy opportunity from each of these sectors. We also heard from the Department of Ecology about their new Use Food Well Washington Plan and got expert advice about earning revenue from carbon credit and clean fuel programs.

Presenters: Jim Jensen, WSU Energy Program; Chanda Marek, Cascade Natural; Mary Harrington and Jade Monroe, Dept. of Ecology; Nicholas Elger, U.S. EPA; Ralph Epling, Sustainable Energy Ventures; Craig Frear, Regenis; Luke Dynes, Addie’s Alternatives; Jay Hester, Port of Sunnyside, and City of Richland and Pine Creek RNG

[Webinar Recordi]: https://www.energy.wsu.edu/videos/gtp_20220422/

RH2 – Producing Green Hydrogen with Renewable Electricity & Electrolysis Systems

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022

In the second in our series of virtual workshops designed to help public fleets and communities consider if renewable hydrogen has a place in their transition to zero emission transportation, we focused on electrolysis technologies that use renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen. Beyond hydro power, we also looked at how solar, wind, or other distributed energy resources could play a role.

Presenters addressed questions including:
  • What are the chief technological and economic considerations, costs and benefits, and emissions factors?
  • How practical are electrolysis systems for centralized or on-site production?

Presenters: Dustin McLarty, WSU; Matthew Weaver, NEL Hydrogen; Cam LeHoullier, Tacoma Power; Gillian Charles and Steven Simmons, NW Energy Council; Gary Ivory, Douglas PUD

[Webinar Recording]: https://www.energy.wsu.edu/videos/gtp_20220113/

GOT GAS? Renewable Natural Gas Opportunities in Washington

Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

2021Renewable natural gas (RNG), produced from a wide variety of organic waste residuals, is used to offset use of fossil fuels in commercial and industrial settings. With existing engine technologies, RNG can generate electricity or compressed fuels for vehicles, and be conditioned and injected into natural gas pipelines for use far from its source. The market opportunities for RNG are now expanding thanks to the passage of recent carbon reduction legislation.

Our panelists discussed the latest insights about RNG opportunities in Washington. Presentations focused on supply-demand dynamics, gas conditioning technology, project benefits and costs, markets for environmental credits, and the policy framework to advance RNG in Washington.

Presenters: Welcome from U.S. EPA by Nena Shaw, Acting Director for the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery Jim Jensen, WSU Energy Program and the Green Transportation Program; Michael Whitby, Avista; Embrey Bronstad, WSU Center for Sustaining Ag and Natural Resources; Alex Schay, NW Alliance of Clean Transportation; Peter Moulton, Washington Dept. of Commerce; Kathlyn Kinney, Biomethane, LLC

[Webinar Recording]: https://energy.wsu.edu/videos/gtp_20211027/

The Hydrogen Economy in Washington - Part 1

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Three of the Northwest’s leading experts on all things hydrogen provided advanced presentations and answered questions about:

  • Fundamentals of hydrogen production and transportation
  • Uses of hydrogen in industry, power, and transportation, including key market players
  • Hydrogen safety

Presenters: Jamie Holladay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Jacob Leachman, HYPER Lab, Washington State University; and Nick Barilo, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

[Webinar Recording]: https://www.energy.wsu.edu/videos/the_hydrogen_economy_in_washington-01/

Black-Owned Businesses Bring Innovation to Transportation Electrification

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Our presenters talked about new options for EV charging, EV charging station rehabilitation and repair, and new systems to accelerated transportation electrification. These entrepreneurs are redefining how transportation services can work better in all communities, including those that are typically underserved. They are doing this by creating new ways to manage and support the electrification of transportation, and establishing connections between new careers in EV transportation and a workforce that is primed to take on high-skill responsibilities.

Presenters: Dexter Turner, Founder & CEO - OpConnect; Evette Ellis, Co-Founder & Chief Workforce Officer - ChargerHelp!; Terry Travis, President & Founder - EVNoire; and Godwin Gabriel, Founder & CEO - Moovn Technologies

[Webinar Recording]: https://www.energy.wsu.edu/videos/black_owned_businesses_bring_innovation_to_transportation_electrification/

Advances in Energy/Building Code Development for EV Infrastructure

Date: Wednesday October 28, 2020

In the coming years, many new electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to be purchased and deployed by residents, businesses, and public fleets in Washington. Learn from state and local experts what is currently required, and how future code development and updates can support installation of EV charging infrastructure for these new EVs. This webinar will be presented as a GoToWebinar meeting.

Presenters: Chuck Murray, Washington Dept. of Commerce; Andrea Pratt, City of Seattle; and Kathleen Petrie, King County and the Regional Code Collaboration

[Webinar Recording] https://energy.wsu.edu/videos/gtp_20201028/

What to Watch for in Electric Vehicle Development

Date:Wednesday June 24, 2020

Despite the economic downturn caused by the current pandemic, manufacturers of many stripes are still working hard to bring new electric vehicles to the marketplace. We will take a deep look at electric vehicles ready for purchase and in near-term development throughout the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty categories. You will also learn about multiple procurement routes for adding EVs to your fleet.

Presenters: Barry Carr, Clean Communities of Central New York; and Michael Graham, Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition

[Webinar Recording] https://www.energy.wsu.edu/videos/what-to-watch-for-in-electric-vehicle-development/

Washington State Electric Highways & Roads: Electric Charging Developments & Opportunities

Date: April 16, 2020

Developing and installing the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles must go hand in hand with the EV sales to continue the transformation of our transportation system. Hear important updates about the development and installation of new electric vehicle charging infrastructure around the state of Washington, including updates from WSDOT’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Partnership Program (EVIPP) and from Electrify America.

Presenters: Tonia Buell, WSDOT, and Andrew Dick, Electrify America

[Webinar Recording] https://www.energy.wsu.edu/videos/wa-electric-highways-webinar/

The Fleet Procurement Analysis Tool

Date:Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Get a detailed introduction to this online tool to evaluate the total cost of ownership for zero emission vehicles. The Fleet Procurement Analysis Tool equips users with decision-relevant information on the financial viability and environmental impact of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle fleet procurements. The Microsoft Excel-based tool can evaluate a variety of procurement ownership structures, vehicle types, and procurement scenarios. The tool compares procurements side-by-side on a cost-per-mile basis and provides an analysis of cash flows and location-specific lifecycle emissions. The tool is highly flexible, supports customizable sensitivity variables, and produces user-friendly results summaries.

Presenter: Charles Satterfield, Senior Project Manager, Atlas Public Policy

[Tool Link] https://atlaspolicy.com/rand/fleet-procurement-analysis-tool/

[Webinar Recording] https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=LsMjf82LE58&feature=emb_logo

Slide Deck: Grant Writing Webinar

Date: October 24, 2019

Federal and state agencies regularly post funding opportunities to support adoption of zero emission vehicles by public fleets. Public fleets may also approach private foundations and corporate sponsors to support green transportation initiatives. We hosted this webinar to give people ideas and tools that can help them write successful funding requests. The audience came from public fleets at city and county governments, transit agencies, and school districts, especially from many smaller and medium sized fleets that don’t have dedicated grant writers.

Presenters: Brad Gaolach, WSU, and Marianna Hanefeld, Snohomish County Transportation Coalition

[Webinar Slides] The webinar slide deck is available here.




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