About the Conference

The TE3 conference brings economic scholars together with government and industry practitioners to exchange ideas and strengthen collective knowledge for addressing transportation energy and environmental policy challenges.

What transportation energy and environmental policies will foster progress toward long-term climate protection goals given the volatility of energy markets and uncertainties in consumer behavior?

Relevant factors include technology cost and investment needs for vehicles, fuels and related infrastructure; changing demands for travel; social issues including changeable consumer behavior; new mobility services; car sharing; public transportation and other mode choice issues. The theme encompasses tensions between current low fuel prices and tightening fuel economy and GHG emissions standards, as well as longer-term issues around aligning infrastructure, fuel, and vehicle design and consumer education for a sustainable future.

Hosted by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, this year’s conference will include four panels and two paper sessions on economic and policy research that addresses energy use in the transportation sector and its environmental implications. Last year’s conference featured an outstanding selection of papers covering fuel economy and emissions, technology incentives, alternative fuels, consumer adoption and behavior, impact of vehicle scrappage programs, and infrastructure.

Conference Steering Committee

John DeCicco
TE3 Co-Chair, University of Michigan Energy Institute

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick
TE3 Co-Chair, University of Michigan Energy Institute

Alecia Waite Cassidy
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Alabama

William Chernicoff
Senior Manager, Global Research & Innovation, Toyota Mobility Foundation

Todd Fagerman
Associate Director Mobile Source Emissions, Ford Motor Company

Susan Fancy
TE3 Conference Manager, University of Michigan Energy Institute

Gloria Helfand
Assessment and Standards, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Adam Jonas
Research Division Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Ryan Keefe
Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. DOT Volpe Center

John Maples
Lead Operations Research Analyst, U.S. DOE Energy Information Administration

Carrie Morton
Deputy Director, Mcity at the University of Michigan

Rachael Nealer
Analysis Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Mark Schwartz
Global Head of Analytic Content, S&P Global Platts

Dan Short
Fuels Technology Advisor, Marathon Petroleum

David Teolis
Senior Manager, Economic and Industry Forecasting, General Motors

Paul Traub
Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Poh Boon Ung
Director, Regulatory Affairs, BP America

Kate Whitefoot
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University