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October 22, 2019

STATE-LOCAL PARTNERSHIP TO MAKE $7 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

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Improved EV Charging Station Access to Support Local EV Adoption

Monterey, CA October 22, 2019 – Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) are set to launch a $7 million incentive project in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties to accelerate easy access to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure by offering incentives for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
 

The Central Coast Incentive Project is an initiative of the CEC’s California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which works with local community partners to develop and implement regional incentive projects for charging infrastructure that support the adoption of EVs statewide. The CEC is providing $6 million for the project, and MBCP is providing $1 million.

CALeVIP and its regional projects are implemented by CSE and funded primarily by the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (also known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program).

CSE and MBCP will co-host an informational webinar on October 24th at 10:30 AM to field questions about the Central Coast Incentive Project and support local organizations interested in applying for incentives. CSE is providing technical assistance through CALeVIP’s EV expert services at 866.967.5816 or EVexpert@EnergyCenter.org

Launching on October 30, the Central Coast Incentive Project will provide qualifying sites with rebates to help cover eligible equipment and installation costs – with additional incentives for sites within a disadvantaged community. Funding will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis and all applicants must apply on or after October 30 before purchasing or installing chargers in order to be eligible for reimbursement. Potential applicants are encouraged to begin important pre-application tasks such as design, engineering, utility service request, site assessment and Site Verification Form completion as soon as possible and prior to applying.

With $7 million in funding, it is estimated the Central Coast Incentive Project will support the installation of approximately 600 Level 2 chargers and 60 DC fast chargers for the Monterey Bay region, increasing estimated regional EV infrastructure to 60% of projected needs based on a recent CEC estimate. Level 2 chargers are capable of fully charging a typical EV in 4-8 hours while DC fast chargers can deliver the same charge in less than one hour.

Several other regions across California that have benefited from CALeVIP funding have experienced high participation rates, due in part to recent increases in EV adoption as well as the desire by public sites such as hotels and shopping centers to attract more business. Participants also cite the substantial incentives as a key factor to prior project successes.

“The Monterey Bay Region is poised to dramatically increase electric vehicle adoption,” said MBCP CEO, Tom Habashi. “MBCP and CALeVIP are key drivers toward improving one of the major local deterrents of EV adoption: EV charging infrastructure.”

Currently, only 1% of vehicles in the Monterey Bay Region are electric and lack of local charging stations is the last significant barrier to increased EV adoption.

To learn more about CALeVIP, visit www.calevip.org.

About: Monterey Bay Community Power is a Community Choice Energy agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties and now the cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. PG&E will continue their traditional role delivering power and maintaining electric infrastructure. As a locally controlled not-for-profit public agency, MBCP is not taxpayer funded and supports regional economic vitality by providing clean energy at a lower cost, supporting low-income rate payers, and funding local energy programs. For more information, visit www.mbcp.org     

Contacts:

Monterey Bay Community Power                       California Energy Commission

Shelly Whitworth                                                        Melissa Jones-Ferguson

swhitworth@mbcp.org                                               Melissa.jones-ferguson@energy.ca.gov

(831) 229-0277                                                            (916) 654-4989


Center for Sustainable Energy

Chuck Colgan

chuck.colgan@energycenter.org 

(858) 244-1184

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