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USA: Cotati City Council Says Yes to E-Charging Stations, Vows to Monitor Cost and Demand

The Cotati City Council Wednesday night unanimously approved a plan to install three plug-in electric vehicle charging stations at City Hall — part of a countywide initiative that aims to broaden the county’s green energy grid.

Funded by two federal grants — from the Department of Energy and American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009 — the charging stations would not cost the city any money for the tryout phase, according to a staff report.

The grant requires that the city operate the plug-in stations in a public location through 2013, said Cotati City Engineer, Damien Obid. After that the city could opt to keep the stations for an annual fee of between $200 and $500 over the next three years, plus the cost of electricity, or choose to eliminate the program.

The city would also be required to pay for the electricity used in the trial phase. Coulomb Technologies, a company that builds e-charging stations, would pay for the installation and maintenance through 2013.

Dave Head, Sonoma County’s fleet manager, said the pilot program would increase the county’s electric vehicle charging stations to roughly 120. According to an article published in the Press Democrat this week, that’s up from the current 40 today. Read their in-depth story describing the program here.
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