​​Transportation Electrification​​​​​

Statewide, transportation is a leading source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. This growing concern, coupled with fluctuating gas prices, advancements in battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology, and federal incentives, have led to an increased interest in battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Energy Northwest’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions focuses on the widespread adoption of battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell electric vehicles, and the growing need for charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure in the Northwest.

Through education, partnerships and smart infrastructure, Energy Northwest will help facilitate electric vehicle and clean energy adoption.

Washington state has an enviable mix of carbon-free electricity generating resources, including all the assets operated by Energy Northwest. The state struggles to reduce its carbon footprint in the transportation sector, which makes up 50 percent of the state’s emissions.

The state’s goal to have 50,000 Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) to include battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) on the road by 2020 was met in June 2019. Currently, there are more than 73,000 registered in the state of Washington.

Energy Northwest's Electrification Offerings:

  • Consultation: Grant writing and application services; Transportation Electrification Planning for utilities, communities; Managed charging programs; Development of EV Charging rate schedules; Charger installation; Workplace charging programs; Fleet charging programs;
  • Education and Outreach;
  • Organization of Ride & Drive events;
  •  Facilitate opportunities for aggregated purchases (electric vehicle supply equipment, trade memberships,  etc.);
  • Project development for aggregated EV charging network projects​

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance (EVITA)

EVITA is leading the way to advocate for sustainable electric transportation infrastructure in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. EVITA's visionary members include Energy Northwest, Benton Public Utility District, Franklin Public Utility District, Benton Rural Electric Association, City of Richland Energy Services, City of Ellensburg Energy Services, Grant Public Utility District and the Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative (MCEI), an industry collaboration effort coordinated through the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC)

EVITA was formed to aggregate the efforts of local utilities towards the support and adoption of the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  Formed in 2016, the group collaborated on a project and grant application which Energy Northwest received from Washington State Department of Transportation to install nine electric vehicle charging stations along underserved corridors in Washington State.   Additionally, EVITA partners with regional leaders, community members, and private vendors towards the further development of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.  ​

​EVITA charging stations:
  • Dayton: 120 N. 1st Street at Caboose Park, one block north of Main Street.
  • Pasco: 2411 W. Court Street, Starbucks parking lot 
  • Kennewick: 2901 Southridge Blvd, at Southridge Sports Complex
  • Richland: 2671 Queensgate Drive, in Richland City Parks & Facilities parking lot
  • Connell: 211 S. Columbia Ave., in front of City owned property (future visitor’s center)
  • Moses Lake: 312 W. 3rd Ave., in Grant PUD parking lot
  • Prosser: 20 Merlot Dr., next to Chevron and Starbucks
  • Yakima: 51 Firing Center Rd, in Bullseye Burger/Chevon parking lot
  • Ellensburg: 208 W. 3rd Ave., downtown parking lot 
  • Cle Elum: 811 WA-970, Cle Elum Coffee Company
  • Naches: 27 Orchard Way, Historic Naches Train Depot (coming soon)


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More information on electric vehicles:

Electric Vehicles - Washington State Department of Commerce

Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington State University Green Transportation Program

Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Technical Assistance Group

Alliance for Transportation Electrification

Drive Electric Washington

Plug in America

West Coast Electric Highway

U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center

Plugshare (Search for a charging location)​

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​Contact:

Jennifer Harper​
Project Developer
EVITA@energy-northwest.com
509-377-4166​​​