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USA: Dover working on vehicle charging guidelines

Union Leader Correspondent
DOVER — The city’s top planning official will represent the state on a regional panel to study guidelines communities could implement regarding electric vehicle charging stations at homes and along main thoroughfares.

Christopher Parker, director of planning and community development, will work with fellow officials from 10 states and the District of Columbia who serve on a regional electric vehicle stakeholder advisory group as part of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, which seeks to promote alternative transportation fuels in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.

“The work with the network is a regional endeavor to look at guidelines which could be adopted by communities,” Parker said in an e-mail. “In Dover, the Planning Board determined that we should have guidelines which affect how someone might install electric vehicle chargers should they want them, but not mandate the use.”

As Dover was actively considering charging station ordinances, Parker was asked to serve on the panel by Dolores Rebolledo, grants manager with the N.H. Department of Environmental Services’s alternative fuels program.

Rebolledo said Parker and a master electrician, who works for the state, will serve on the panel, which will develop a report to help communities — from Maryland to Maine — encourage electric vehicle charging stations.

“All the states are looking at it,” Rebolledo said. “They’re all trying to be prepared.”

Rebolledo said the entire process is driven by the U.S. Department of Energy.

While urban areas might have more use for the technology, Rebolledo said, adding electric charging stations should be available throughout the state to allow residents and visitors to use electric vehicles.
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