Electric vehicle industry responsible for more than 1,600 jobs statewide
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today praised the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 280, Portland General Electric, Nissan, the Oregon-Pacific Cascade Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, and ECOtality for their partnership to install electric vehicle charging stations at the Oregon State Capitol. The entities provided funding and equipment, and the IBEW Local 280 AND the NECA provided labor, to install two Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations and one EV fast-charger on State Street near the Capitol.
"Building alternative fuel infrastructure gives drivers cleaner-fuel options and creates jobs," said Governor Kitzhaber. "These latest charging stations are a great step forward on our statewide 10-Year Energy Action Plan and our efforts to build the West Coast Electric Highway."
Alternative fuel infrastructure is a key component of the Governor’s 10-Year Energy Plan, which includes concrete steps to accelerate the market transformation to a more efficient, cleaner transportation system while opening up job opportunities in the clean economy. The charging stations are the latest in a regional effort to create the West Coast Electric Highway. Charging stations are already located up and down the Oregon Coast, in the Columbia River Gorge, and through the Willamette Valley’s wine country and beyond. Oregon now has almost 2,500 electric vehicles registered across the state and more than 40 EV fast-chargers.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is the state’s lead agency on the West Coast Electric Highway project. In May, ODOT’s success in deploying electric vehicle charging infrastructure was recognized with a Biennial Federal Highway Administration 2013 Environmental Excellence Award in the Air Quality Improvement and Climate Change category. "Oregon is a clean transportation leader," said Ashley Horvat, State of Oregon EV Lead, "And Oregon’s EV Industry is responsible for more than 1,600 jobs, more than $260 million in economic activity and more than $22 million annually in federal taxes."
Partnerships between ODOT, IBEW, and many other Oregon utilities and organizations have led to the installation of charging stations around the state, creating jobs while increasing travel options for Oregonians. Tim Frew, Business Manager for IBEW Local 280, said, "This project is a good example that expanding options and resources for alternative fuel vehicles translates to new jobs. We’re proud to be part of this partnership to improve and expand infrastructure for this burgeoning industry."
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