Drivers of electric-powered vehicles in
Backers of the project say it’s not a mere gesture in the name of going green. Instead, it’s a small step toward what PGE sees as a major transition from standard fuel to the future of clean, sustainable transport.
From the Daily Journal of Commerce:
The project will also help the utility anticipate the demand plug-in cars might place on the region’s electric grid and design smart grid systems to help even out variability in wind and solar resources.
“We’re not creating a new division or a new product; we’re preparing for what might become a sea change in the electric vehicle market,” said Bill Nicholson, vice president of customers and economic development for PGE.
“As we understand how manufacturers are going to deploy these vehicles, we’ll know better if it becomes a huge focus of our utility or if it will be delayed based on the manufacturer response.”
Presently, PGE is planning for a proliferation of electric vehicles over the next two to five years. The company is working on a “demonstration project” that will outline standards for charging stations and promote widespread use of plug-in vehicles through a public awareness campaign. They’re hoping
Our customers are on the leading edge of all things green,” Nicholson said, “and they’ll be the first to adopt the next technology.”
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