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USA: Sacramento Area Prepares for Electric Vehicles With Energy Commission Grant

Sacramento, CA….The Sacramento region about to become much more friendly to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), thanks to a $200,000 planning grant from the California Energy Commission. “Before cleaner, battery-powered vehicles can become an important part of California’s transportation mix, drivers must feel confident they will find adequate charging stations when they need them,” said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. “With this grant to the Sacramento Area Council of …

Governments (SACOG), local planners can decide where best to add chargers in the six county region. Local governments can streamline the permitting, installation and inspection of plug-in chargers, and insure that consumers know about the charging improvements and the benefits provided by electric vehicles.”

The $200,000 Energy Commission grant will allow the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the project’s lead entity, to create the “Capital Area Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (CAPEVCC).” The council will include public and private leaders from counties, cities, public agencies, community organizations, private industry, higher education, and utilities. The council will help promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the Sacramento area and create a set of consistent best management practices to simplify their introduction .

SACOG will lead the coordinating council with support from the non-profit association Valley Vision, which will also provide match funding of $47,420. Other core members of council include the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District; the Greater Sacramento Regional Clean Air Coalition (Clean Cities); the Yolo/Solano Air Quality Management District; the University of California, Davis; Sacramento County and the cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights, West Sacramento, Folsom, and Elk Grove; the local utilities Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Roseville Electric, and Pacific Gas & Electric; and the John L. Sullivan Automotive Group.


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