Turlock Irrigation District Goes Green with Electric Vehicle Program

According to EIA (Energy Information Administration), California State has been aggressively working towards decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, which influences small and large utility agencies to take transportation electrification as a priority. Board of Directors of TID (Turlock Irrigation District) lately gave approval for a new and innovative Electric Vehicle Program. Christian Poley, TID (Turlock Irrigation District) Utility Analyst has explained it to the board as to how electrification can be the future of California’s transportation. In addition, Christian Poley also mentioned that California State has been pursuing an aim of nearly 5 million electric vehicles by 2030, throughout California State.

Electric vehicles quantity has been increasing in TID territory and the new EVs hold an improved and potentially shapeable load. Some data was collected from the charging station at Villa del Lago hotel in Patterson, which indicated that electric vehicle usage in the area has indeed been low, however is expected to steadily take an upsurge in the near future. According to Christian Poley, usage of electric vehicles in Villa del Lago station will be increasing significantly in 2018 with robust kilowatt consumption.

In order to keep up with ongoing trends and the potential demand, TID (Turlock Irrigation District) has adopted the Electric Vehicle Program for directing the district towards right direction. This program is expected to promote the usage of electric vehicles as well as offers rebates to the customers. In addition, the program will be utilizing funds of California Air Resources Board for promoting transportation electrification and is also partnering with business customers and local governments. This in turn helps them in establishing strategies to electrify fleet of the District and plan for the District employee’s charging on the District property.

TID (Turlock Irrigation District) is planning to follow “go green” business and is also offering incentives to all those who will be installing charging stations. The electric vehicle program by TID is regarded as community partnership program that would enable business owners and local governments to develop their own path for electrification process, which would not be constricted to the charging stations. Christian Poley had mentioned that vehicle electrification would suit the plan of transportation electrification for a specific entity.

Furthermore, the district has been working towards fleet electrification, thereby pursuing grants that are available for purchasing the hybrid options such as battery electric vehicles. Fleet electrification would be inclusive of employee charging locations at the parking structure of Canal Drive office and various other TID sites.

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