By Rod Walton, EnergyTech Senior Editor
Utah-based utility Rocky Mountain Power is moving forward with its ambitious electric vehicle charging infrastructure build-out after gaining a key state approval.
The Utah Public Service Commission approved RMP’s project that hopes to more than double the number of ultra fast EV charging stations in the state. The utility’s plan filed in September touted $50 million in EV charging infrastructure.
“Our goal is to increase adoption of zero-emission electric vehicles by adding more charging stations to the statewide network,” said James Campbell, Director of Innovation and Sustainability for Rocky Mountain Power. “We’re incorporating new innovative technologies to make it more efficient and cost effective for everybody.”
Under the plan, Rocky Mountain Power will be installing around 100 extreme fast chargers at 20-25 locations throughout the state. Electricity is cheaper than gasoline at about $1 per gallon equivalent, according to the utility.
"Emissions coming from tailpipes of cars and trucks is still the number one source of air pollution along the Wasatch Front,” said Breathe Utah Executive Director Ashley Miller. “Zero emissions electric vehicles play a crucial role in the state's ongoing effort to improve air quality.”
Over the past five years, Rocky Mountain Power has participated in installation of more than 70 DC fast chargers in Utah, completing an electric highway corridor along I-15. Additionally, more than 2,300 Level 2 chargers were installed as part of a workplace charging program.
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