Plug-in Electric Vehicle Planning
In 2012, SERC in partnership with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) and engineering consultant GHD began work on a Plug-in Electric Vehicle planning study for California’s North Coast Region (Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte Counties). Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) present a compelling opportunity for communities to achieve their environmental goals of significantly reducing emissions of both greenhouse gases and criteria air pollutants.
Funded by the California Energy Commission, the study is part of a coordinated effort throughout the North Coast region to support the successful introduction of PEVs and the development of a strong PEV market.
Specific project tasks include:
- Develop regionally specific guidelines for PEV infrastructure deployment
- Identify optimal locations for regional charging infrastructure at sites including public parking areas, commercial properties, highway corridors and workplaces (Learn more about the modeling analysis conducted by SERC to accomplish this task.)
- Determine investment requirements and implementation timelines to meet the local community’s needs as PEV adoption increases
- Use regionally specific planning data and studies, as well as locally customized projections of PEV adoption, to support the optimal, phased deployment of charging infrastructure
- Develop PEV education and promotion plans on the benefits of PEV adoption
- Develop strategies to facilitate accelerated PEV adoption in private and public fleets
- Project energy cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions from regional PEV use
- Share lessons learned and best practices with other regions, particularly rural regions, for PEV infrastructure permitting, installation, deployment, maintenance and inspection