The Sandy Library Uses Idle Free Campaign to Educate the Community

The Sandy Library is the latest organization to promote Utah Clean Cities’ Idle Free Campaign. The signs will be used to educated the community about how vehicle emissions negatively impact the air we breathe. Watch our story to learn more about why the branch manager wanted to participate in the Idle Free Campaign.

Utah Clean Cities and NASEO discuss CORWest DC Fast- Charger Assesement

The webinar will lay out electric vehicle fast-charging and rate design options to enable ubiquitous public charging infrastructure as states, electric service providers, and private sector companies prepare for the electrification of the transportation sector, electric billing rates for electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging has emerged as a barrier to rapidly deploying new infrastructure and providing cost-competitive charging to EV drivers.

Recent work by the CORWest Project Team has examined the effect of current electric billing rates through the report: Demand Charges and Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging: An Intermountain West Assessment. This webinar will present the results of that report, examining the rate structures of 41 electric service providers in the region. That will be followed by a discussion of case studies on how service providers can manage rates to enable the deployment of new fast-charging infrastructure and grow their customer base through vehicle electrification.

CORWest supports electrifying the intermountain west alternative fuel corridors

  • Remove barriers to investment to enable private station development.
  • Identify key infrastructure gaps and develop solutions to deploy charging stations in rural regions required to complete corridors.
  • Develop replicable educational tools to encourage EV consumer awareness.

CORWest facilitates regional connectivity with:

  • 8 State Partnership
  • Largest EV Corridor Collaborative
  • Designed to Scale & Replicate Nationally

Speakers:

  • Welcome from Utah Clean Cities and CORWest Project, Tammie Bostick
  • Keynote on Demand Assessment, Dylan Tucker
  • Rural Utilities, UAMPS, Mike Squires

Utah Clean Cities and The National Association of State Energy Officials host CORWest Demand Charge Webinar

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DOE Funds EMPOWER Workplace Charging Project

Press Release from Tennessee Clean Fuels: 

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On Nov. 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office announced the winners of the FY’21 “Low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment” funding opportunity. Included in this year’s round was a Topic Area of “Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging.” One of the announced winners was the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition (CWCC) and their EMPOWER proposal – “Equitable Mobility Powering Opportunities for Workplace Electrification Readiness.”

Leveraging their experience with the Drive Electric USA program, East Tennessee Clean Fuels is providing administrative support and project management guidance for the EMPOWER program.

This proposal included 30 DOE Clean Cities Coalitions as a large workforce that would lead the boots-on-the-ground implementation of a new national workplace charging alliance. The work will begin with a year’s convening of diverse transportation electrification representatives that will share experience, listen and craft a program that will encourage participation by workplaces in diverse communities across America.

“This project offers a great opportunity for Clean Cities Coalitions to listen to the communities we work within and find out how workplace charging could benefit them,” Brian Trice, Executive Director of CWCC, said.

The project aims to…

“… reach upwards of 2,000 employers and secure at least 650 employer commitments to install and support workplace charging programming, and 3,500 installed EVSE/units at employer sites. Additionally, our goal is to end up with at least 20% of our employer commitments from diverse employers in qualified opportunities zones that benefit underserved communities and people of color. Participating workplaces will provide critical feedback on our workplace charging resources as we produce them, allowing us to continually improve our program system and materials during the project period. This feedback loop is a critical part of the successful development of a national workplace charging program that is both effective and user-friendly.”

The EMPOWER project will accelerate the interest and support for workplace charging nationwide using a national landing page/funnel and website that will house our tools, resources and information, along with consistent messaging, tactics and coordination with national data and utility partners. This project has a primary goal of advancing employer commitments for workplace charging programs and installations. Secondary goals include collecting and advancing electric vehicle charging research and increasing career pathways in the EV charging industry for underrepresented communities.empower leader logos jpg 1030x585

“We are looking forward to engaging directly with unrepresented and overburdened communities through this project,” Jonathan Overly, Coordinator of ETCF, said. “We will be listening to what these communities have to say about electric vehicle infrastructure in their communities and considering it as this project progresses.”

Major project partners working with CWCC include Cadeo Group, East Tennessee Clean Fuels (ETCF), Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF),  ICF InternationalShift2Electric, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), National Rural Electric  Cooperative Association (NRECA), Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP), Cerritos CollegeWashington State Department of Commerce, American Lung Association (ALA), the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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The project also has charging provider partners that include Siemens and Chargepoint and the following diverse utilities: ComEdAlabama PowerEntergyEversource, Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW), OK Gas & Electric (OG&E), Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), Green Mountain Power (GMP), Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Avangrid, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB), Pepco Holdings, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), Central Maine Power (CMP), Knoxville Utility Board (KUB), Rocky Mountain PowerBurlington Electric Department, Portland General Electric (PGE), Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and Kentucky Power.

The project team is receiving $3,970,539 in federal funds while providing over $1,000,000 in cost share from non-federal sources.

Read on below to learn more about the project!

Want to contact the project leadership? Email empower@cwcleancities.org.


The EMPOWER project will build on our team’s learned understanding of workplace charging as well as the management of complex federal projects. We are utilizing a similar management structure in the coordination of our more than 30 Clean Cities Coalition partners and employing “regional Captains” based on the U.S. DOE’s geographic delineation. These regional Coalition Captains will be responsible for oversight and assistance to their underlying Coalitions, channeling two-way communications from the Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) to Coalitions and from the Coalitions to the SAT, resource deployment and ensuring that support is available when needed.

With a) parts of the country exceeding 5% electric vehicle market share, b) many new plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) options becoming available and c) many states starting to develop statewide Drive Electric partnerships and programs (e.g., see the DRIVE Electric USA initiative), this national workplace charging collaboration is important at this critical time of market inflection.

Workplace charging helps with employee recruitment and retention; offering plug-in access at work also proves an organization’s credibility when talking about sustainability efforts. Other benefits of workplace charging need further research and will be part of our program’s evaluation. Reliable access to a charging station at home remains a barrier that prevents many drivers from owning a plug-in vehicle. Workplace charging can provide a pathway for plug-in ownership for those considering an EV who live in apartments, condominiums or otherwise do not have access to an overnight charging station.

Workplace charging can affect large swathes of our community and directly affect many new EV owners, plug-in hybrid owners and a growing used-EV-owner populace.

An essential facet of our program design will be the diversity, equity and inclusion lens in place for all facets of this project. We will be looking at our team’s makeup, how we promote the program and the emphasis we make on our outreach to make a determined effort to fairly advance the benefits of transportation electrification where it will have the most significant AND most diverse impact.

Workplace charging is also increasingly seen as a value to electric utilities. Utility program administrators are forecasting the value of frequency regulation, load following and load shifting grid interactions with EVSE and EVs. Workplace charging can flatten the curve of demand by charging mid-day and lessening the extra evening demand during what is typically a peak evening event.

The EMPOWER project team understands the potential of our energy resilience and is collaborating with ORNL and the PNNL to help ensure that data from this project can inform national laboratory research and tools. This project will provide consistency for workplace charging resources and valuable research to continue evaluating the many associated variables of these programs and create a long-term plan to support a framework for communication and support for key market actors. There can be many regional differences that may affect how an employer or utility may respond to workplace charging programming – our resource package will allow for localization to help ensure that partners feel comfortable approaching their key stakeholders.

The Clean Cities Coalitions that will be part of the initiative include (listed from West Coast to East Coast):

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PODCAST Preview: Utah Clean Cities and The National Association of State Energy Officials host CORWest Demand Charge Webinar

Keynote Speaker Dylan Tucker Senior Project Manager with NASEO gives a brief overview of the EV Demand Charger Assessment and why it is so important. 

The webinar will lay out electric vehicle fast-charging and rate design options to enable ubiquitous public charging infrastructure as states, electric service providers, and private sector companies prepare for the electrification of the transportation sector, electric billing rates for electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging has emerged as a barrier to rapidly deploying new infrastructure and providing cost-competitive charging to EV drivers.

When: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Where: Virtual event register here 

When 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. MST

Recent work by the CORWest Project Team has examined the effect of current electric billing rates through the report: Demand Charges and Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging: An Intermountain West Assessment. This webinar will present the results of that report, examining the rate structures of 41 electric service providers in the region. That will be followed by a discussion of case studies on how service providers can manage rates to enable the deployment of new fast-charging infrastructure and grow their customer base through vehicle electrification.

CORWest supports electrifying the intermountain west alternative fuel corridors

  • Remove barriers to investment to enable private station development.
  • Identify key infrastructure gaps and develop solutions to deploy charging stations in rural regions required to complete corridors.
  • Develop replicable educational tools to encourage EV consumer awareness.

CORWest facilitates regional connectivity with:

  • 8 State Partnership
  • Largest EV Corridor Collaborative
  • Designed to Scale & Replicate Nationally

 

 

 

 

 

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