Beyond Oil: Transforming Transportation

Annual TransTech Conference held at the Microsoft Event Center

This year’s Fifth Annual TransTech Conference was a stunning success. The attendees heard from a number of world class speakers who spelled out the next steps that the nation must take to move beyond our addiction to oil. The alternative energy vehicle display was also the largest yet, featuring everything from electric motorcycles to school buses. The event received significant media coverage. Compiled below are links to:

speaker presentations;

Day Two videos;

and media coverage.

You can view the Conference agenda here to see the schedule of speakers.

Speaker Bios

PowerPoint format. Many of these files are very large and may take several minutes to open/download depending on your Internet connection

Thursday, September 4 Presentations:

Sharon Banks, Cascade Sierra Solutions
Scott Belcher, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
Charlie Botsford, Aerovironment
John Clark, V2Green
June Devoll, Community Transit
Rob Elam, Propel Biofuel
Dick Ford, Washington State Transportation Committee
Jim Francfort, Idaho National Laboratory
Andy Frank, University of California, Davis
Arti Gupta, Siemens Energy & Automation
Jerry Hautamaki, HNTB
Craig Helmann, Washington State Department of Transportation
John Horsley, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials
Cornie Huizenga, Clean Air Initiative – Asia Secretariat
Ron Johnston-Rodriguez, Port of Chelan County
Preet Khalsa, Skymeter Corporation
Dave Kristick, E-470 Public Highway Authority
Felix Kramer, CalCars Initiative
Justin McNew, Kapsch TrafficCom
Paul Minett, Flexible Carpooling
Brian Mistele, INRIX
Tim Murphy, Idaho National Laboratory
Jack Opiola, Booz Allen Hamilton
Syd Pawlowski, King County Rideshare Operations
Dick Paylor, Eastside Transportation Association
Ron Posthuma, King County Department of Transportation
Matt Sheldon, Sound Transit
Jim Stanton, Microsoft
Ed Stern, City of Poulsbo & Wash. State Association of Cities
Julian Taylor, Intuit Strategies, Inc.
Michael Weick, Roadway Sensors Iteris, Inc.

Friday, September 5 Presentations:

Kevin Banister, Oregon Wave Energy Trust
Rob Bernard, Microsoft
Don Foley, Progressive Automotive X Prize
Paul Genoa, Nuclear Energy Institute
KC Golden, Climate Solutions
Paula Hammond, Washington State Department of Transportation
David Kaplan, V2Green
Rich Laukhart, Ventyx Energy Advisors
Jim Piro, Portland General Electric
Bill Rogers, Idaho National Laboratory
Jim Walker, exXco, Inc.
Brian Wynne, Electric Drive Transportation Association



Our 2007 Cascadia-Microsoft PHEV/alternative energy conference page: Jump Start To A Secure, Clean Energy Future (links to speaker PowerPoints, more)

Cascadia’s “Beyond Oil” page (including our op-eds – from ’07 to 7/31/08 – on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, moving beyond oil in transportation, more)


Rob Bernard Video: “The Road Ahead,” TVW, 9/11/08. Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist talks transportation, technology and environment. Preceded by Don Foley’s update on national “X Prize” car rally, King County Executive Ron Sims, and welcoming remarks from Discovery Institute’s President Bruce Chapman.

James Woolsey Video: “The Case For Change”, TVW, 9/9/08. Former CIA Director Woolsey solo, with introduction from U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert; then joined by Chelsea Sexton, K.C. Golden; and followed by Peter Jackson.

Transforming Transportation Globally,’ Shai Agassi, Better Place (Sept. 5 luncheon keynote address), TVW, 9/16/08. Introduction by Tom Alberg, Madrona Venture Group.

Future Of Transportation, Funding and Climate Change,” TVW, 9/12/08. Slade Gorton, National Transportation Policy Project; Paul Brubaker, USDOT’s Research & Innovative Technology Administration; David Kaplan, V2Green; WSDOT Sec. Paula Hammond; Bill Rogers, Idaho National Laboratory; Neil Schuster, American Assn. of Motor Vehicles Administrators. Preceded by a presentation from Admiral Dennis Blair, Securing America’s Future Energy.

Powering The Carbon-free Grid: Sun, Wind, Water, Waves, Atoms And Conservation,” TVW (Washington state’s public affairs TV channel), 9/17/08. Panelists are: Jim Walker, American Wind Energy Assn.; Paul Genoa, Nuclear Energy Institute; Kevin Bannister, Oregon Wave Energy Trust; Rich Lauckhart, Ventyx Energy Advisors; Jim Piro, Portland General Electric.


We Have The Tools To Cut Oil Dependence, It’s Assembly That’s Required,” Steve Marshall & Bruce Agnew, Puget Sound Business Journal, 9/22/08.

Only Intervention Of Electric Car Can Break Oil Addiction,” David Seago, Tacoma News Tribune, 9/14/08.

Making A Bold Case For Moving Our Economy Beyond Oil,” Glenn R. Pascall, Puget Sound Business Journal, 9/12/08.

Updating The Big Rigs For A Greener Tomorrow,” Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun, 9/11/08.

Electric Cars, Biofuels Compete For Attention At Cascadia Conference,” EV World, 9/10/08.

Plug-in Cars Give Owners A Real Jolt Of Satisfaction,” Debera Carlton Harrell, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 9/9/08.

The Zen Of ZENN: Clean Driving,” David Seago, Inside The Editorial Page blog, Tacoma News Tribune, 9/8/09.

Beyond Oil: Energy Rush TV At Microsoft,” Energy Rush TV blog, 9/8/09.

Biofuel Musses Up Electric Car Fest,” Angel Gonzalez, Seattle Times, 9/7/09.

“The American Politics Behind Rising Gas Prices,” Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun, 9/6/08.

Former CIA Boss Says Americans Are Funding The Bad Guys,” Don Cayo, Globalization – For Better Or Worse blog, Vancouver Sun, 9/6/08.

Beyond Oil,” Eric Berman, Random Political Commentary blog, 9/6/08.

American Business Driving A New Car Culture,” Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun, 9/5/08.

Report From The Trenches: ‘Beyond Oil’ Conference In Redmond, Wash.,” Gordon Feller (CEO, Urban Age Institute), in Green Car Advisor,, 9/5/08.

Can The Developing World Dodge The Rich World’s Mistakes?,” Don Cayo, Globalization – For Better Or Worse blog, Vancouver Sun, 9/5/08.

CEOs: Surprise Backers Of Cap-and-Trade; Obama, McCain Like Electric Cars,” Aaron Corvin, Washington CEO blog, 9/5/08.

Thank God For HOV Lanes,” David Seago, Inside The Editorial Page blog, Tacoma News Tribune, 9/5/08.

Expert: Peak Oil Is Real, Electrifying Transportation Is The Answer,” Aaron Corvin, Washington CEO blog, 9/4/08.

Beyond Oil,” David Seago, Inside The Editorial Page blog, Tacoma News Tribune, 9/4/08.

“‘Beyond Oil: Transforming Transportation’ Conference In Redmond,” Green Motorist, 9/3/08.

Transportation Solutions To America’s Oil Addiction Focus Of Conference,” Energy Daily, 9/3/03.

Transportation Solutions To America’s Oil Addiction Focus Of Conference,”, 9/3/08.

Oil-free Snohomish County? It’s No Longer A Pipe Dream,” Steve Marshall & Bruce Agnew, Everett Herald, 9/2/08.

Transportation: A Better Grid,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial, 9/2/08.

Northwest Could Be A Leader In Electric Transport Systems,” Steve Marshall & Bruce Agnew, Puget Sound Business Journal, 9/1/08.

Big Post-oil Conference To Have Electric Cars, Bigwig Speakers,” Jared Paben, Bellingham Herald, 8/26/08.

Dave Ross Show, KIRO-AM 710 Seattle, 8/22/08. (Guests: Steve Marshall, Anne Korin, Chelsea Sexton).

Trucks – From Delivery Vans To Big Rigs – Need To Get Efficient Too,” Steve Marshall & Bruce Agnew, Puget Sound Business Journal, 8/18/08.

Turbulence In Air Travel: What High Fuel Costs Mean To Boeing,” Steve Marshall & Bruce Agnew, 8/4/08.


Driven: Shai Agassi’s Audacious Plan To Put Electric Cars On The Road,” Wired, 8/18/08.

PGE Installs Filling Station Of The Future,” Daily Journal Of Commerce, 7/31/08

Kulongoski ‘Plugs In’ To Transportation Solutions,” Daily Journal Of Commerce, 7/31/08

Paccar’s Fuel-saving Hybrid Trucks Aimed At Nation’s Distribution Industry,” Seattle Times, 7/29/08

Plug-in Cars Zoom Forward,” Forbes, 7/29/08

Texas To Tel Aviv,” Thomas L. Friedman, NY Times, 7/26/08

Electric Industry Plugged In For Move To Rechargeable Cars,” Oregonian, 7/24/08

PHEVs In The Spotlight,” Green Biz, 7/23/08

Can Plug-in Hybrids Ride To America’s Rescue?” Christian Science Monitor/ABC News, 7/19/08

Electric Ride Powering A Transportation Revolution,” Globe & Mail, 7/7/08

Ensuring America’s Growth,” Peter Morici, Forbes, 5/28/08


Electric Cars Spark Bright Future,”, 7/29/08

Cascadia Center would like to offer a special thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this Conference possible.