How Can Islands Move E-Mobility Into The Fast Lane?

Islands and e-mobility – or transport electrification – are a natural fit. Islands are geographically compact, minimizing charging infrastructure and driving distance issues. Islands have expensive and risky fossil fuel supply chains, making electrification more attractive. Islands have abundant solar and wind resources, reducing the marginal cost of electricity for EV charging. Lastly, islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change, ensuring social and political support for renewables-based electrification. Given this fit, many islands are actively pursuing e-mobility development efforts. This panel with representatives from several different sectors and regions will discuss how to move these efforts into the fast lane.

  • How important is e-mobility where is it going?
  • What are the key barriers/enablers for EV penetration, and in what direction are they trending?
  • What can we learn from the case study jurisdictions in regards to exploring/promoting e-mobility?

Speakers

Adam Borison

Senior Vice President, Nathan Associates

Dr. Adam Borison, an internationally recognized energy consultant, has applied advanced analytic methods to strategy, valuation, operations, and risk in power and fuels for more than 25 years. He has led engagements in investment evaluation, performance improvement, corporate M&A, ERM, project planning and management, product pricing and design, capital allocation, and government policy and regulation. He has submitted expert testimony in arbitration, litigation, and regulatory settings in the US and abroad.

Dr. Borison advised a major international energy company on its pipeline gas/power business strategy in the US Midwest, supported utility resource planning involving tens of billions in dollars of generation and transmission facilities in Canada, and evaluated on-grid, micro-grid, and off-grid renewable energy developments for multilateral banks and Caribbean governments.

Adam Borison

Senior Vice President, Nathan Associates

Jo Edghill

Co-Founder and Director of Megapower Ltd. in Barbados

Jo Edghill is a co-Founder and Director of Megapower Ltd. in Barbados. Jo lived overseas for 10 years working on a range of rural development initiatives in Asia and the South Pacific, including a European Union funded democratic governance project in Papua New Guinea, before returning to Barbados in October 2011.

Jo recognised a distinct market opportunity, for electrified transport, powered by renewables, and jointly formed Megapower Ltd. in February 2013. Megapower’s vision is for a network of publicly accessible charging stations, powered by renewable resources, enabling the rapid uptake of electric vehicles in Barbados and the Caribbean.

Megapower is now seen as the Caribbean’s leading Electric Vehicle Specialist Garage, currently working in 8 Caribbean countries.

Jo Edghill

Co-Founder and Director of Megapower Ltd. in Barbados

James Taylor

Chief Legal Officer and Head of Business Affairs at Extreme E

James Taylor is a motorsports executive at Extreme E, a pioneering new series set to revolutionise motorsport. Extreme E’s mission is to showcase electric SUV performance in extreme conditions, whilst encouraging global action to combat the devastating environmental issues threatening our planet’s future.

The series will provide a competitive platform for accelerating the development of electric vehicles to help create a low – carbon future, whilst also partnering with organisations in the race locations to help restore the degraded environments as part of the Extreme E legacy programme.

James has extensive experience in creating and promoting new sports and entertainment businesses, having worked for IMG to establish and develop a number of its major motorsports, cricket, football and mass participation properties. James was part of the IMG team who founded the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament.

Prior to joining Extreme E James was Vice President of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.

James Taylor

Chief Legal Officer and Head of Business Affairs at Extreme E

Stephen Mariani

Energy Resource Analyst in the Resource Planning group at Alameda Municipal Power (AMP)

Stephen Mariani is an Energy Resource Analyst in the Resource Planning group at Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). AMP is an electric utility owned by the city of Alameda, which is located on an island spanning 22 miles in the San Francisco Bay Area. The resource planning group has a broad scope of responsibilities from ratemaking, forecasting load, and evaluating resource needs, to meeting AMP’s compliance obligations (e.g. California’s Cap & Trade program, Renewable Portfolio Standards, and Low Carbon Fuel Standard program). Currently, Stephen is working on the rollout of a new time-of-use rate pilot for electric vehicle owners. Prior to AMP, Stephen worked as a consultant in the demand side management space for investor-owned utilities across the U.S. and as an intern for an electricity markets consulting firm for independent system operators in the U.S. and Canada. Stephen has a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Stephen Mariani

Energy Resource Analyst in the Resource Planning group at Alameda Municipal Power (AMP)

Leah O'Dwyer

Head of eBus Solutions , ChargePoint

Leah O’Dwyer

Head of eBus Solutions , ChargePoint

Partner

Nathan Associates

Nathan Associates delivers creative, viable, and defensible analytic and economic solutions for government and commercial clients around the world. Our multidisciplinary, high-performing teams use a proactive, structured approach to navigate complexity, mitigate risk, and optimize success on every engagement. For more than 70 years, clients have relied on Nathan to handle complex, high‐stakes assignments, and provide exceptional value.