Kandee Bahr WorleyDivision Chief, Sustainability and Emerging Transportation
Nevada Department of Transportation
Kandee Bahr Worley - Division Chief, Sustainability and Emerging Transportation, Nevada Department of Transportation. In this role, she is driving the implementation of emerging and sustainable transportation programs, focusing on expanding alternative fuels, including electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, that will accelerate EV adoption. Her collaboration with the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy focused on expanding EV charging on Nevada's Alternative Fuel Corridors, using funds from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Through this opportunity, partnerships were developed between emerging transportation services and sustainable transportation to create the necessary infrastructure for the State of Nevada. Results include the Federal Highway Association's designation of the first completed corridor in the west, the I-15. She is also a Co-Chair of the RevWest Committee, which assists eight western states - Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming in their electrification roadway efforts. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the governors of these states to provide a framework for EV corridors. The goal is to provide the states with support by implementing activities such as enhancing EV adoption and coordinating EV charging stations throughout the western states. Bahr Worley has been appointed with implementing the necessary state plan for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This plan will address the earmark of $38 million in funds allocated to Nevada to develop an electric vehicle charging infrastructure statewide over the next five years.
Kandee Bahr Worley’s Session(s):
11:45 am–12:15 pm | Fri, March 31, 2023
For urban areas where utilities don’t have the capacity to support charging infrastructure, and for rural areas where utilities don’t serve, there is a gaping hole for underserved communities. With current gas prices and considerably long daily commutes, rural communities can benefit highly from electric vehicles but lack equitable charging infrastructure. The first step was lowering the cost of EVs, the next step is to bring infrastructure to these communities. Learn how ChargeWest is helping to expand infrastructure to rural communities.
ChargeWestTM is a collection of Intermountain West states which are committed to improving electric corridors across the western United States; building infrastructure in rural gateway communities, state and national parks, monuments, recreation areas, and scenic by-ways. The states involved are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The entire Intermountain West Region will benefit from the ChargeWest project, which aims to support consumer education, stakeholder engagement, and rural infrastructure development of electric vehicle charging from the expansion of alternative fuel corridors.