ANNOUNCEMENTS Around TOWN Sonoma Clean Power EV Program Proved to be a Successful Venture




Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, recently announced the results of its electric vehi- cle (EV) incentive program. In an effort to reduce local greenhouse

gas emissions,

SCP incentivized 1,258 elec- tric vehicles for its customers over the last three years. During each iteration of the

Drive EV program, SCP cus- tomers were eligible to receive a combination of incentives, dealer

discounts, and man-

ufacturer discounts of up to $13,000 towards the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid. While SCP’s primary role is to provide electricity and accelerate California’s transi- tion to renewable energy, the agency’s Mission widens its responsibility

to addressing

the climate crisis as a whole. Transportation is the leading source of community-wide emissions, not only in SCP’s service territory but in many cities and counties throughout the world. “In Sonoma County alone, the transportation sector makes up 60% of emissions county-wide. EVs are a great first step in reducing transpor- tation-related emissions,” said

Nelson Lomeli, the Programs Manager of SCP’s Drive EV program. Replacing a gas-powered ve- hicle with an electric vehicle, and charging it with cleaner electricity, is one of the most significant measures an indi- vidual can take to reduce their carbon footprint. For exam- ple, by charging an EV with SCP’s 100% renewable, local- ly-sourced EverGreen service, an individual can reduce their emissions by up to 98%. Over the years, SCP saw

a significant increase in the number of vehicles that were purchased with the program versus leased. In 2016, only 14% of the incentives went towards purchasing vehicles. However, in this last year, 53% of the incentives were used to purchase vehicles. This trend supports the car industry’s prediction


more people will commit to making the switch to an elec- tric vehicle as the technology, range, and batteries continue to improve.

After 3 successful years of

the Drive EV program, SCP has chosen to direct its focus and funds to improving the network of public and work- place charging infrastructure in Sonoma and Mendocino

Counties. The agency believes that this effort is crucial if the region hopes to see a wide- spread

adoption of electric

vehicles. “With the success of Drive EV, we have achieved our goal of market transfor- mation. With all these new EVs on the road, we now want to shift focus on expanding charging infrastructure, which will lead to more EV adop- tion,” said Cordel Stillman, SCP’s Director of Programs. SCP continues to explore in- novative ideas and programs that allow its customers to reduce their emissions, with both convenience and finan- cial benefits being key to par- ticipation.

One of the agency’s notable endeavors for 2019 will be the opening of an Advanced Energy Center in downtown Santa Rosa where the public will be able to test and pur- chase energy-efficient tech- nology for their homes. Adop- tion of these technologies will be supported by incentives from manufacturers, SCP, and a grant from the California Energy Commission. Other SCP programs include

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