Washington Power Company To Expand Charging Stations


Avista dam, Source: SR

Avista dam, Source: SR

Avista, an eastern Washington-based utility company, is requesting approval from the state to expand charging stations.

The plan is to build 265 stations over the next 2 years. The project will cost about $3.1 million. Stations will go in homes, work places, and at public locations. It has not yet been decided how the locations will be chosen. Seven of the new public stations will be quick-charge.

EV Charging Stations

EV Charging Stations

The state of Washington currently has just over 17,600 electric vehicles registered through April. By 2020, this number should increase to 50,000 due, in part, to an Electric Vehicle Action Plan.

Local resident, Andrew Biviano, hopes that the additional stations boost electric car ownership. It costs him about $20 a month on electricity to travel 1,000 miles. He said:

“They’re incredibly cheap to operate, not only on gas but with maintenance. You don’t have oil changes. Literally, you have to rotate the tires once a year and top off the wiper fluid. That’s it.” 

Avista’s proposal to the state included:

“In addition to the near-term benefits of improved air quality, over the long term the electrification of the transportation sector will likely play a key role in the larger effort to reduce climate change risk.” 

Avista produces almost half of its power from dams. 35 percent comes from natural gas, 9 percent from coal, and 6 percent from wind.

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Power companies need to do more of this. For years now the consumption of power has been flat and not growing. The population is growing slowly plus we have had a flood of great efficient products like LED bulbs, low-power flat screen televisions, more efficient air conditioners, more efficient refrigerators, etc. And rooftop solar PV is stealing revenue from them.

One of the only ways they can grow consumption is with EVs. And it is GREAT increased consumption because it largely occurs at night when they already have excess generation capacity. Thus it means more sales with no additional capital investment.

So push EVs utilities!

In the United States, many utilities are outlawed from providing end-user electric sales. That means that the utility service ends at the electric utility meter.

California is one of those states.

While it’s easy to say that utilities should provide EV charging service, the reality is that no private company could compete with utilities (if that private company must also purchase service from the same utility, which is usually a monopoly).

Why not build Solar Shade systems for parking lots, where the Solar feeds the Grid, and provides some, if not all the energy used by EV charging stations in the day, and if they add onsite energy storage, at night, too! What if they used East-West roads, and put pole mounted Solar arrays along the South side of them, leading up to where they have Service Center like Charging Station complexes? Also, on roads that have high embankments on the North sides, they could put up Solar arrays there that would not be blocked by truck traffic, running along the roadside. If every Roadside Service Center that had EV Quick Charging, had a Solar array along a stretch of road for 1/2 mile or more leading up to it, it would become known as such, and when people see the road side solar, would know a fast charge station is coming up! In some ways, the Solar becomes the signage! If they put up a single wind turbine of related power to the EV Charging Stations, at each site, grid connected, people would start to recognize EV Charging Stations, by the Wind Turbines, also! Since Tesla delivers up to 135… Read more »

Eastern Washington has some of the cheapest and greenest electric production in the world.

What utilities could do to promote electric vehicle infrastructure is to lobby for changes Public Utility Commission (or similar regulatory agency in each state) rulings to reduce or eliminate demand charges for EV charging.

Like your thinking Robert Weekly

Thanks, Tony — just Gotta be a loophole in there for workplace charging, i.e. the business is providing the service, the utility is only offsetting their ability to Do So.