PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power for Interstate Corridors
And Regional Communities: DC Fast and AC Level 2 Charging,
Plus 200 EVs for Businesses and More Than 13,800 Rentals
PacifiCorp has been designated for a $3.9 million federal grant for its Rocky Mountain Power unit to install electric vehicle chargers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. The “Electric Avenue” EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment grant will also, states an RMP release, “help businesses purchase 200 EVs and more than 13,800 electric rental vehicles.”
In addition to helping develop 1,500 miles of electric highway corridors along Interstate highways, says the announcement, the U.S. Department of Energy/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy money will support “innovative smart mobility programs to encourage electric car-sharing, and advance the use of electric bikes and buses to create an emission-free community experience.”
RMP says it plans to install DC fast chargers every 100 miles along Interstate-15, -80, -70, and -84 corridors in the three states, and Level 2 AC chargers “in every major community in the region.”
‘From Disneyland to Yellowstone’
“Our goal is to have enough charging stations to help electric vehicles go from Disneyland to Yellowstone and everywhere in between,” Rocky Mountain Power president and CEO Cindy Crane said in a release.
“This initiative makes Utah a leader in the nation for electric transportation,” she said.
An ancillary goal is to double the number of EVs in the region to more than 50,000 in the next ten years, reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by 251 million pounds and saving 24.9 million gallons of gasoline. Equipment suppliers and fleet customers have yet to be named, an RMP spokesman told F&F.
The Electric Avenue grant will support
- incentives for employers to install charging stations at their places of work;
- efforts to evaluate the impact of the charging stations on the electric grid; and
- efforts to “build community partnerships to develop smart mobility programs to use technology, collect data and develop best practices to meet long-term transportation plans.”
Project partners include the Utah Office of Energy Development, the University of Utah, Utah State University, Salt Lake City, the Utah Clean Cities Coalition, Breathe Utah, and DoE’s Idaho National Laboratory.
RMP notes too that the Electric Avenue grant was made possible because of Utah’s STEP, the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan. “The Utah Public Service Commission approved the plan in December to provide $2 million in funding each year to provide incentives for EV charging stations.
“The incentives are part of a larger five-year pilot program authorized by the Utah legislature last March for the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan Act or STEP.
Funds are to be provided for residential and commercial EV charger rebates, education about EVs and grant-based projects and partnerships.
Plenty of EV Potential
DoE’s EERE, RMP notes says that 63% – nearly two thirds – of all U.S. households have a garage or carport available for an EV charging unit.
And, “As part of PacifiCorp,” RMP says, “we are one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states.”
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Source: DoE/EERE & PacifiCorp/RMP with F&F follow-up