Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Group
Maine Clean Communities (MC2) has formed an impressive stakeholder group assembled to determine the current status of Electric Vehicles (EVs), Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, and charging infrastructure in the Greater Portland Region. An EV Feasibility Study was completed in October, 2011 and focused on answering questions related to permitting, infrastructure, outreach, education, safety, sales and availability of EVs and Plug-In Hybrids in the region.
Click here to read the Feasibility Study.
Members of the Stakeholder Group include the following:
Kelly Arata, Maine Department of Transportation
Jamie Braaten, General Electric
Andy Cadot, Attorney at Law
John Carroll, Central Maine Power
Lynn Cayting, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Calen Colby, Colby Engineering
Nelson Collins, Assistant State Fire Marshall
Jamie Cough, Central Maine Power
Mike Desautels, EATON
Bill Drinkwater, EVMaine.org
Wayne Krauth, Insurance Automation Group
Adam Lee, Lee Auto Malls
Chris Lepp, General Electric
Steve Linnell, GPCOG/MC2
Tony O’Malley, EATON
David Patterson, Mitsubishi Motors
Jennifer Puser, GPCOG/MC2
Joan Saxe, Sierra Club
Marge Schmuckal, City of Portland
The stakeholder group broke up into several work groups that met over several months beginning in April, 2011. A Feasibility Study report was completed in September, 2011 and a final meeting of the stakeholder group was held in the beginning of October, 2011.
Maine Clean Communities joined with ten other Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in a joint grant proposal under the U.S. Department of Energy‘s Federal Funding Opportunity entitled “Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure.” This grant proposal was successful and now MC2 will have additional funding to expand our planning and policy work related to EVs, Plug-In Hybrids and deployment plans for EV infrastructure across the state.
The project will focus on five areas in each of the eleven states. These include:
1) Creation of a Stakeholder Group;
2) A report on barriers to deployment of EVs and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE i.e. charging stations);
3) Creation of siting and design guidelines for EVSE;
4) Creation of model permitting, zoning and local government ordinances; and
5) Education and outreach activities
Check back soon to find out more about our progress.