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COCC receives grants to fund electric vehicle charging stations at Madras and Redmond campuses.

More Oregon cities are getting help with charging-up from a Pacific Power grant program. Electric vehicle charging station projects from Central Oregon to Seaside to Grants Pass to — 10 in all — will receive up to 100% of eligible costs.

In Central Oregon, grant recipients are the Madras and Redmond campuses of Central Oregon Community College, which will receive eight public charging ports.

The program, which launched in late 2018, is designed to assist nonprofits, local governments and businesses with providing workers, customers and the general public with more options to charge electric vehicles.

"We are continuously evaluating and investing in ways to support the communities we serve," said Cory Scott, director of customer solutions. "As more people take to the road in electric vehicles, they will need more ways to charge their car. This program is just one of the ways Pacific Power is helping to build out the necessary infrastructure to ensure electric vehicle drivers have plenty of options to power their daily commutes and summer road trips."

Pacific Power is providing grant funding to help nonresidential customers develop community-driven electric transportation infrastructure projects. The electric vehicle charging station grant program will award $1.45 million in total to projects that advance transportation electrification in areas such as workplace charging and publicly accessible stations.

Recipients for the next round of awards will be announced in June.

To learn more about the benefits of electric vehicles, visit pacificpower.net/ev.

In addition to the electric vehicle charging station grant program, Pacific Power also announced a new free electric charging station technical assistance program.

The program is for nonresidential customers interested in installing charging equipment and need help evaluating options and costs. The technical assistance program is available at no cost to customers and includes a site visit, analysis of electric vehicle technology options, costs, rates, and best practices for siting, configuring, installing and managing equipment.

"The electric vehicle technical assistance program is a first step for businesses, local governments and nonprofits interested in installing charging equipment but do not know where to start," said Scott. "Once the analysis is complete and they receive the report, the business could apply for a charging station grant to help pay for the costs."

For more information and to apply for the technical assistance program, visit pacificpower.net/env/ev/charging-station-technical-assistance.html.

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