Powering the Palmetto State

Powering the Palmetto State: Advancing Freight Electrification in South Carolina

Join us on Wednesday, July 24, 2024 from 26 p.m. at Trident Technical College—Palmer Campus for an afternoon filled with discussions and panels on the future of freight electrification in South Carolina. Learn from industry experts, network with local partners, and hear about the latest advancements in zero-emission transportation. The tentative agenda for the event can be found below. A happy hour will follow the presentations.


Panel #1: Preparing the Grid for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electrification

This panel’s goal will be to discuss the short- and long-term needs of utilities and the grid to effectively support the medium- and heavy-duty sector’s transition to electric. Speakers will share tools and resources for load mapping, best practices for how to communicate with utilities about electrification, and short-term solutions for meeting charging needs. 


Panel #2: Progress Toward Port Electrification

This panel’s goal will be to discuss the progress being made toward port electrification in South Carolina. The panel will convene experts in port electrification to highlight recent pilot projects of electric port equipment and charging infrastructure depots. Additionally, local clean air advocates will discuss the impact port electrification can have on South Carolina communities. 


Presentation: EC Technical Assistance and Resources
This talk will provide an overview of EC resources—including the Electric Vehicle Funding Finder (EVFF) and the Electric Freight Dashboard—and give attendees actionable next steps to take on their paths toward electrification.

Meet the Speakers

Sean Ackley

Sean Ackley, Einride

Sean Ackley has had a career focused on electrical infrastructure technologies and grid-scale development projects. As the charging and energy business leader for Einride’s North American operations, Sean is responsible for developing and executing strategies surrounding infrastructure partnerships, charging and service solutions, and defining the value charging provides to clients served by Einride’s electrified shipper services. In the last seven years of his career, he has worked to deliver robust and reliable charging solutions (including remote operations capabilities), and fleet scale energy optimization. From early research work in closed loop and post-consumer recycling technologies to entrepreneurial pursuits in battery packaging, Sean continues to follow his passion for a greener energy future.

Catherine Reed

Catherine Reed, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Catherine Reed serves as the senior project director for NASEO’s Electricity Program, which informs and educates the states on issues related to generation, transmission, and distribution. Prior to joining NASEO, she served as the deputy director of the State Energy Office in the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff. This was her second tenure with the SC Energy Office, having first worked there between 2007 and 2012, implementing various energy efficiency and renewable energy federal grant programs, including the American Reimbursement and Reinvestment Act. She also worked in the private sector on the implementation of a commercial and industrial demand side management program for an investor-owned utility. She has more than 20 years of experience in resource conservation and management, public policy and planning, and stakeholder engagement, including stints in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Earlier in her career, she also worked in the field of land and water conservation in both South Carolina and Florida.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina  

Evan Renshaw

Evan Renshaw, Conservation Voters of South Carolina

Evan serves as the partnerships and engagement manager for Conservation Voters of South Carolina and facilitates the South Carolina Electric Transportation Network. In this role, he communicates current electrification projects, programs, and news with members, connects organizations, and fosters collaborative efforts to advance electric transportation in South Carolina. Previously, he worked with the SC Energy Office and Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition to promote sustainable transportation solutions statewide and as a project coordinator for USC’s Office of Sustainability. Evan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies & Geography from the University of South Carolina. 

Mike Rowand

Mike Rowand, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Mike Rowand is an energy industry leader in the transition to electric transportation, including the adoption of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. For more than 15 years, Mike has been at the forefront of utility research and planning for EVs and has held leadership positions in multiple industry groups that influence electric transportation and distributed energy technologies.  He has 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry in various roles, including emerging technology, transmission and distribution engineering, customer service, rates and regulatory processes, and marketing.  Mike is a senior advisor to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and provides consulting services to companies across the EV ecosystem.  He is an honors graduate of the University of Florida, a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina, and a certified energy manager. 

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Amy Sartain, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

Amy is the Director of the SC Logistics Cluster within the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. She is focused on supporting, connecting, and growing logistics excellence in SC.

Amy earned her BS of Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. For the first several years of her career Amy was an Industrial Engineering Project Manager designing eCommerce fulfilment centers for Walmart.com and traveled the country to start up 5 new locations. Then Amy joined Crayola as part of the Continuous Improvement team working to implement Lean Six Sigma best practices across the organization.

Amy also worked for Sunland Logistics Solutions. Sunland is headquartered in Simpsonville, SC and in 2022 was recognized as the 6th fastest growing company in South Carolina.

In 2024 Amy was recognized on the SC Biz News Logistics Industry Power List and was very honored to be included in the 2023-2024 SC Ports Ambassador Program. Currently she serves on many collaborative committees such as the SCDOT Rail Advisory Council and the Palmetto Clean Fuels Advisory Board.

Amy is also passionate about community involvement serving on the Clemson Women’s Alumni Council and volunteering with the Junior League of Greenville.

Michael Spurr

Michael Spurr, ADS-TEC Energy

Michael Spurr is public affairs manager for ADS-TEC Energy, where he oversees public and government affairs for the company, which produces battery-buffered, ultra-fast EV charging solutions plus battery storage systems for commercial and industrial use. He previously covered regulatory affairs at EnBW, one of the largest energy supply companies in Europe and Germany’s largest charge point operator. Michael holds a dual MA in Asian and European Affairs from Kings College London and Renmin University of China, and a BS in International Business from Pforzheim University. 

Westy Westmoreland, Dominion Energy

Mr. Westmoreland has been with Dominion Energy South Carolina (formerly SCE&G) for 33 years and is currently director of electrification. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Clemson University and resides in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. In his current role, he is developing programs and supporting customer efforts to electrify transportation, especially on road EVs. His goal is to support the rapid transition from ICE vehicles to EVs with timely electric utility infrastructure deployment, strategic programs, and excellent customer service