Wednesday, May 3, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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Kroc Center 
424 Westfield St
Greenville, SC 29601

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The Race to Electric Cars

A Beyond the Hedlines Event 

  With Electric Vehicles getting a lot of press, it can be difficult to not get the feeling that this new mode of fueling our transportation is inevitable - traditional auto manufacturers and states are phasing out fossil fueled vehicles and doing so with aggressive timelines. Cadillac will no longer sell gasoline cars after 2030 and California will ban the sale of new cars with tail pipe emissions by 2035. Can Electric Vehicles be a great driving experience? What is the current EV landscape? Will they save the planet? What will be the impacts on our electric grid? Mr. Mike Smith, Vice President of business and technology strategy for The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and registered professional engineer of South Carolina, will be giving his expert opinion on the subject. 

Mr. Mike Smith is a graduate of Clemson University with a BSEE and Georgia Institute of Technology MSEE. Mike served 4 years in the US Army as an officer in the Signal corps, and serves as vice president of business and technology strategy for The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, the state association of 18 independent, member-owned electric utilities in the state. Mike works with state and national partners to develop an understanding of how technology is changing the utility industry. A registered professional engineer in South Carolina, his work includes contributions to the development of the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act (Act 236), adopted by the General Assembly in 2014. He is also the program manager for Help My House, a whole home weatherization program offered through the electric cooperatives. This program was granted a $15.5 million no interest loan from RUS to weatherize both site-built and manufactured homes, repayment which will be made through on bill financing. Prior to coming to the co-ops’ association, Mike worked 11 years at Central Electric Power Cooperative, the generation and transmission cooperative that acts as the power aggregator for South Carolina cooperatives.

More on Beyond the Headlines

  Beyond the Headlines; Critical Issues Impacting our World is a Lunch and Learn format speaker series designed to bring fact based information on the most pressing global issues of today to Upstate residents. Utilizing academics and research institution leaders, we strive to keep political opinions out of the presentation and allow people to ask their own questions and formulate their own opinions. This series is provided by Upstate International, a 501(c)3 founded in 1998 that has been empowering people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas for 25 years. Visit: www.upstateinternational.org

Please plan to join us for this
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023
Presentations generally run from 12:00-1:30 with plenty of time
to have a lively discussion and ask your specific questions of our speaker after the presentation.
Where: Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville SC 
When: Wednesday, May 3rd at 12:00 pm
Attend for free or choose an option of lunch for $14.00