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Stowe joins growing list of statewide electric car charging stations

Vermont’s small but growing population of electric car owners now have two more places to plug in.

With the recent installation of two public electric vehicle charging stations, Stowe has become the first town in Lamoille County to offer a place to recharge. There are now more than 20 charging stations in the state.
A recharging station for the state’s fleet of solar vehicles sits at the corner of State Street and Gov. Aiken Ave. in Montpelier. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

A recharging station for state vehicles in Montpelier. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

One of Stowe’s charging stations is in the village outside the Green Mountain Inn, and the other is at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Local utility Stowe Electric owns the stations and spent roughly $25,000 having them installed. That money was spent in lieu of a penalty stemming from a 2009 Public Service Board violation. The board accused Stowe Electric of using some leftover bond money meant for a transmission project to pay down a line of credit, in violation of the board’s original approval of the funds.

“Our thought was, what can we do for the community and not send the money off to Montpelier,” Stowe Electric general manager Ellen Burt said last week.
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