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Transportation Energy 2024 Annual Conference

Transportation Energy 2024 Annual Conference

Innovation for Sustainable Transportation

May 13-15, 2024
Loews Minneapolis, MN


Believe it or not, May is just around the corner! We are already well into planning our annual conference, to be held at the Minneapolis Loews on May 13-15, 2024. The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation for Sustainable Transportation.”

The agenda encompasses all aspects of transportation energy. Here are the topics we will be exploring (subject to change):


Monday, May 13

6:00pm – 7:30pm — Welcome Reception

Tuesday, May 14

8:00am — Breakfast
8:30am – 5:00pm — Conference
5:00pm – 7:00pm — Networking Reception

Wednesday, May 15

8:00am — Breakfast
8:30am – 2:00pm — Conference

A Data-Centric Perspective on the Light Duty Vehicle Transition

Industry observers recognize the volatility in headlines and corporate announcements regarding the pace of the light duty market’s transition to electric powertrains. The up and down sentiments surrounding this sector can lead to rash assumptions, misplaced investments, poorly advised policies and dysfunctional market developments. What is really going on and what should we expect going forward? This session will present a dispassionate analysis of the light duty vehicle market, help set realistic expectations for vehicle manufacturing plans and help level set where the market is heading and how quickly it might arrive there.

Transitioning Fleets to Zero Carbon

In the quest for reducing and eliminating vehicle-related emissions, fleets may represent the best opportunity for rapid transition since fleet managers are less fickle than typical light duty vehicle customers – it comes down to return on investment, not emotion. At the same time, the fleet market presents a host of challenges not presented by light duty vehicles while also boasting more options to satisfy different use cases and duty cycles. This panel will evaluate the challenges and opportunities associated with reducing emissions from fleet vehicles in the most economically sustainable way.

Building a Viable EV Charging Network

The pace of the EV transition is contingent upon a variety of factors and chief among them is the need for a reliable and ubiquitous public recharging network. Government grants have been authorized to expedite the development of this network, but ultimately it will fall on businesses to invest their own resources into charging station operations, and this will require a viable return on that investment. What are the factors that will affect that return and how might business owners best evaluate the opportunities associated with serving the EV community? This session will explore these factors, how they can be monitored and measured and what business owners should consider when investing in a charging station.

Electricity Reliability in an Increasingly Electrified World

The expansion of electric vehicles carries with it increased reliance on the electricity generation and transmissions industry, yet this is not the only sector increasing its demand for kilowatt hours. As competition and expedited demand for electricity increase, what are the solutions and potential opportunities afforded to industry to improve access and control costs? How are utility commissions and state and federal agencies paving the way for a future grid that can meet demand while reducing emissions? How will the industry accommodate this potential surge in demand in the near future while ensuring the continued availability of power for transportation when and where drivers need it?

Future of Low Carbon Fuel Standards

A TEI study in 2021 found that 73% of life cycle emission from ICE vehicles comes from the fuel combustion cycle. In addition, 72% of EV emissions come from the generation of electricity. While regulations requiring certain power trains have gained traction in some jurisdictions, reducing the carbon intensity of the energy consumed by vehicles is a critical component to achieving meaningful reductions in emissions. This session will evaluate the success of existing low carbon fuel standard programs, explore the potential expansion of such programs to additional and larger jurisdictions and discuss the opportunities and challenges such programs present to the market.

Biofuels – The Near-Term Solution?

If reducing the carbon intensity of fuels is a critical element to achieving meaningful emissions reductions, the role of biofuels must not be overlooked. How the market leverages the lower carbon intensity of ethanol, biodiesel and renewable diesel will be critical, as will the ability of the biofuels sector to further lower the carbon intensity of their fuel products. There remain concerns about feedstock availability, especially with the increased focus on sustainable aviation fuels, and there remains lingering concerns about the impact of biofuels production on other sectors, such as food supplies and prices. This session will dive deep into the real impact of biofuels on the transportation sector and ancillary markets, the potential for expanding the use of such fuels and the trajectory for further reducing associated life cycle carbon emissions.

Carbon Capture – Real Opportunity or Sleight of Hand?

When we think about reducing life cycle emissions, one of the key opportunities for all sectors is to capture the carbon that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere at different stages of production. A 2023 TEI study found carbon capture and sequestration could dramatically reduce overall carbon emissions from fuel production, but there remain some who question the efficacy of the technology, stand against the construction of carbon pipelines and wonder what we will do with the captured carbon. This session will take an objective look at the opportunities and challenges associated with carbon capture technology, discuss who is doing what, where and when, and explore what the future role of this process might look like.

What’s Next? The Viability of Long-Term Solutions

With a global objective to reach zero carbon emissions from transportation, options beyond current and traditional energy will be required. With a current global fleet of 1.5 billon ICE vehicles on the road today, all solutions will be necessary. Solutions that appeared impractical in the past are quickly being revisited. Energy solutions like H2 (for fuel cells and ICE vehicles), renewable natural gas, pyrolysis produced fuels and e-fuels have been floated as potential long-term solutions for our transportation needs. What is the viability of these options, how long before they become commercially viable (if not already), what is their market potential and what policies might be required to support their contribution to the overall objective?

Who is Driving and Why?

Delivering vehicle and energy solutions that satisfy consumer demand requires understanding what that consumer needs and why. Several years ago, many were claiming the future would be dominated by ACES – autonomous, connected, electric vehicles as service – and personally owned vehicles would fade out of the market. Several years ago, many were claiming the end of the car culture and pointing to the delay in young drivers getting their licenses as evidence that the market was ready for something new. What is the nature of the driver today? Are those projections still accurate, or have consumers again shifted with regards to their driving behavior?

Transportation Equity – Leave No Driver Behind

The transition to lower emissions vehicles and energy must ensure that all communities are afforded the opportunity to participate and benefit from enacted solutions. There are many communities in North America and throughout the world who may be left behind if their unique market conditions are not taken into account when developing transition strategies. What are the key factors that must be considered when pursuing low emissions options to protect the interests of low income, rural, tribal and other underserved communities? This session will take a look at these issues and discuss how we protect the interests of people while we seek to improve the environment in which they live.

Who Will Be at FUELS'23?

Take a look at who will be in the room during FUELS’23 this year. Interested? Register below to join us.
*Featured Speaker

Bailey Arnold
American Lung Association

Randy Boucher
Franklin Fueling Systems

Scott Shepard*
Guidehouse Insights

Jeff Dzierzanowski
Source North America Corporation

Cliff Caldwell
The Kroger Company

Darren Binning
Seneca Companies

Kenneth Cartwright
Hightower EV Solutions

Kirk McCullick*

Luke Bay
Venture Fuels, LLC

Rich Wilcox

Bruce Blakeman*
Heart+Mind Strategies

Karl Doenges*

Paola Bravo
S. Bravo Systems, Inc.

Ron Sabia*

Jake Comer
Growth Energy

Lexi Young
S. Bravo Systems, Inc.

Dr. Chris Atkinson*
The Ohio State University

Erika Curtis
W. Capra Consulting Group

Phil Jones*
Alliance for Transportation Electrification

Tom Leone*
Formerly with Ford Motor Company

Jason Blake
Petroleum Equipment Institute

Graham Conway
Southwest Research Institute

Mary Dery
Innospec Fuel Specialties

Adam Schubert*
Stillwater Associates, LLC

Lou Burke
Phillips 66 Company

Brian Kuebert
Gilbarco Veeder-Root

Jay Walsh
Franklin Fueling Systems

Spencer Cavalier
Matrix Capital Markets Group

Cody Staab
Casey’s General Stores

Heather Schaefer

Joseph Ciaravino
TOP TIER Program

Eric McCrum
Sheetz, Inc.

Todd Clubb
Seneca Companies

Ian Hostetler
Electrify America

Mario Osio
Electrify America

Greg Szep
SIR Capital

Michael Roman*
CertainPoint Strategies, LLC

Aaron Hackerott
Offen Petroleum

Matt Leuck
Neste US

Mike McLaughlin
Franklin Fueling Systems

Jonathan Hackett
Global Partners

Ken Kleemeier*
Kum & Go

Steve Hightower
Hightowers Petroleum LLC

Brian Renaud
Sheetz, Inc.

Steve Pollock

Mark DeVries*
MCD Enterprises, LLC

Devin Sclater
ABB E-Mobility

Victoria Flowers*
Oneida Engineering Solutions

Micah Nelson
S. Bravo Systems, Inc.

Nathaniel Doddridge
Casey’s General Stores

John Metz
Walmart Stores

Tegan Molloy*
ABB E-Mobility

Will Hersey
Electric Era Technologies

Scott Negley
Wayne Fueling Systems

Prentiss Searles
American Petroleum Institute

Jeff Carpenter

Kristi Moriarty
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Bill Schankel

Sara Brenden
Growth Energy

Jamie Stewart
Costco Wholesale

Alex Kulinowski
Afton Chemical Corp.

Parrish Evans

James Heckler

Josh Palmieri

Dave Embertson
Erling Sales & Service

Kevin Randolph
Electrify America

Bryan Goforth
Home Service Oil Company

Ryan McNutt

Russ Gibson
Seneca Companies

Jim Ramm

Justin Whitfield
JF Petroleum Group

Yan Zhou*
Argonne National Laboratory

Brad Petersen
Kum & Go

Lee Whipp*
Schneider National

Kaleb Hoffer
Offen Petroleum

James Risewick
Seneca Companies

Jon Scharingson*
Chevron Renewable Energy Group

Greg Ricchiuti

Heather Killough

Ryan Haerer

Sheryl Coyne-Baston

Jessey Bouchard
Aramco Research Center-Detroit

Adam Schleicher
Penske Truck Leasing Co.

Bob Anderson*
Chevron Corporation

Jacob Alvarez
G & M Oil Company

Aaron Young
Electrify America

Brian West
West Energy and Environment Association

Ben Markl
Walmart Stores

Doug Berven*

Scott Sharabura
Parkland Corporation

Lori Pampell-Clark
North Central Texas Council of Governments

Brian Johnston

James Szybist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tammy Klein
Transport Energy Strategies

Curt Dunafin

Trevor Boomstra

Jay Warner
PDI Technologies

Jason Noll
Capital One Bank

LeeAnn Goheen

Patrick Kelly
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

Jennifer Green
CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Scott Hempy

Neil Bhagia

Jo Lynne Parsons
Center for Quality Assurance

Dan O’Shea
ABB E-Mobility

Don Byrne
HRC Fuels

Eric Wroge

Bryan Jungers
E Source

Lisa Swedler*

Chip Hilarides
Flint Hills Resources

Matt Mohs

Robert Wimmer*
Toyota Motor North America

Helena Jette
Indiana Corn Marketing Council

Chris Gilliland
Phillips 66 Company

Nicole Judge
Penske Truck Leasing Co.

Scott Boorse
Petroleum Equipment Institute

Chris Haggard
Seneca Companies

David Fialkov*

Doug Smith
Metroplex Energy

Julie Jackson
G & M Oil Company

Liz Menz

James Cater
Global Partners

Stephen Lynch
Matrix Capital Markets Group

Tom Mourmouras*

Jigar Shah*
Electrify America

Jackson Haskell
Guardian Fueling Technologies

Jennifer Draper
Motiva Enterprises

Dan Ciarcia

Tony Raia

David Park*
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership

Danny Seals*
Gilbarco Veeder-Root

Carrie Simms

Paul Machiele*

Laura Morris
Verde Clean Fuels

Kevin Stenson

Michael Granche
National Corn Growers Association

Norman Turiano*
Turiano Strategic Consulting

Tammie Scadden
Franklin Fueling Systems

Joe Butler
Pilot Travel Centers

Paige Anderson

Emily Goad
Electrify America

John Hereford
Newmark Valuation & Advisory

Genevieve Comtois
GC Consulting

Dawn Fenton
Volvo Group

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Transportation Energy Institute Contributor
Transportation Energy Institute Non-Contributor
Electric Vehicle Council Member
Government/National Laboratory
Contact: Marjorie Frankel
Transportation Energy Institute Contributor
Transportation Energy Institute Non-Contributor
Electric Vehicle Council Member
Government/National Laboratory
Contact: Marjorie Kass

Travel Accommodations

Loews Minneapolis
601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1409
1 (877) 880-8918
Room Rate: $189 plus tax 

While there is an attendee room rate, each attendee is responsible for making their own hotel reservations.
Please use GROUP CODE: Group Code TEI2024.

Final event details will be emailed to you approximately one week prior to TEI’24.

If you have questions regarding your registration, please contact Liz Menz at

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