British Columbia’s Expanding EV Infrastructure

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMCortes Island is three ferry trips north of Vancouver. There are three hours of driving time. As you also spend a significant amount of time waiting, the trip can take six hours in peak season.   Some people think of Cortes as a throwback to the 1970‘s; others regard it as one of BC’s sustainable hubs. The major industry is tourism. There are around a thousand inhabitants, three hamlets and a number of non-profit organizations. There is also an EV charging station. I am told it has only been used once. This says a great deal about the extent of BC’s expanding EV infrastructure.
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Utilities Fail to Legislate Washington State’s Net Metering

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe latest attempt to curtail net metering just occurred in Washington state. If HB 2176 had passed, utilities companies would have been able to obtain control of  “leased energy” programs. Only the bill has been returned to committee which, as this session is over, means it is dead.
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How Communities Can Reduce Transportation Emissions 50%

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMOur emissions would go down if everyone used electric vehicles, but this would not“reduce traffic congestion, reduce accidents, reduce roadway costs, reduce parking facility costs, improve mobility for non-drivers, improve social equity, improve public fitness and health, reduce sprawl, eliminate hazardous waste, or protect threatened habitat.” cars were electric “ However Todd Litman, founder and  Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, suggests there is a more sustainable way that communities can reduce transportation emissions 50%.
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