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Bio: Tom “Smitty” Smith is currently the executive director of the Texas Electric Transportation Alliance (TxETRA), an alliance of vehicle manufacturers, dealers, utilities, environmentalists and consumer groups that are working together to develop and promote the policies needed to electrify the Texas transportation system. Smith retired in 2017 as director of Public Citizen’s Texas office, one of the state’s most respected consumer, environmental, energy and ethics advocacy organizations, after leading the office since 1985. He is best known for helping to start Texas’ renewable energy boom and for the creation of the Texas Emissions Reduction Program, which reduced cancer-causing diesel pollution. Smith also spearheaded efforts to end the construction of 17 proposed coal plants planned for Texas between 2003-2013 and has championed energy reform, including successfully advocating for renewable energy utilities, diesel emission reduction, clean vehicle incentives, and energy conservation standards.
Abstract: Join this talk by Tom “Smitty” Smith, a prominent consumer and renewable energy advocate in Texas. In this talk, he will introduce the Texas Electric Transportation Alliance (TxETRA) and how it is helping to enable a pathway to increased electric vehicle (EV) usage. Smith will examine questions such as: Why are EVs becoming the vehicle of the future? How fast will they be coming? What are the big policy questions? How is Texas addressing these challenges?
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