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2022 Annual Meeting Workshop: Driving Change: Preparing for Visitors with Electric Vehicles

Oct 11, 2022

Livingston Energy Group and community partners will get you up to speed on the basics of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging solutions. Gain valuable understanding of EV adoption and what you need to consider implementing an efficient, affordable charging station project at your location.

Why you'll want to attend this session:

  • Learn the lingo! EV, PHEV, ZEV, LVL2, DCFC…..what does it all mean???
  • Tips for securing funding for projects
  • Benefits of electric vehicle charging at destinations
  • Hear from Legoland about their EV charging journey

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the charging needs of various vehicles
  • How to take advantage of NYS Utility Make-Ready Incentive Funding
  • Monetizing convenience charging
  • Know what steps to take to meet your location's goals

About our presenter:

Kate Kruk, Director of Community Engagement, Livingston Energy Group, A Lynkwell Company - Kate is charged with educating the public about electric vehicles, the infrastructure to support them and the economic development possibilities related to e-mobility.

Kate has been driving electric since 2015, and her experience with the early bumps in the road combined with her background in education led to pursuing her passion to promote the benefits of green technology. Kate is a member of the Electric Vehicle Association, City Captain for Schenectady's National Drive Electric Week, and a member of the New York State Tourism Industry Association's Sustainability Task Force. Outside of work, she serves as the Vice President of the Schalmont Central School District School Board, as well as an Advisory Board Member for the Capital Region BOCES: Business & Career and Technical Education and is a Kinship Caregiver and Advocate/Speaker for the NYS Kinship Navigator and KinCare Coalition.

With Support From:

Stephanie Johnson, Divisional Director, LEGOLAND New York Resort

An Orange County native, Stephanie is charged with creating and directing strategy for LEGOLAND New York Resort to meet and exceed attendance, revenue and profitability goals for the 150-acre theme park.

Stephanie's professional background spans a range of industries, from retail to commercial real estate. She previously held the role of Regional Vice President of Marketing for Simon Property Group's Premium Outlets division where she oversaw the marketing efforts of 26 properties, one joint venture and their corresponding marketing organizations. Prior to joining Simon Property Group, Johnson was the Senior Director of Retail Development and Operations at Ralph Lauren.

She graduated from Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management and earned her MBA at Nova Southeastern University. A mother of two, Johnson and her family reside in Campbell Hall, where she takes an active part in her community, serving as a member of the Orange-Ulster BOCES CTE Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Whitney Skeans, Senior Program Manager for Electric Vehicles New York, National Grid -

Whitney oversees the WNY implementation of National Grid's EV Charging Make-Ready Program, delivering $143 M in business customer incentives to install 16,000 charging plugs across upstate NY by YE 2025.

Originally from Michigan, Whitney brings 16 years of program management expertise in the energy industry, securing and directing more than $100 M dollars in grants to advance energy affordability. She managed the Salvation Army's statewide heating assistance programs from 2006-2011 while also leading the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm, then joining Consumers Energy in 2011 to direct the company's customer assistance strategy within its Regulatory and Customer organizations.

Now at National Grid, she remains on mission. She is bridging our clean transportation future with opportunities today for WNY's business community to activate on corporate sustainability and lead the charge to tomorrow!