Image: Director Ron Davis cuts the ribbon at EPUD’s EV Charger Dedication

Emerald Public Utility District is the first utility to sell carbon credits under Oregon’s Clean Fuels program. Proceeds from the nearly $50,000 in credits are funding six public charging stations at the EPUD office.

“We want to make the transition to electric vehicles as smooth as possible for our customers. That’s why we are committing to annually invest new carbon credit monies into new charging stations and customer incentives in our service territory,” said Scott Coe, EPUD general manager.

“There are a lot of good reasons for our customers to purchase or lease electric vehicles,” he said. “Right now, gas is more than $3 per gallon. With an electric car, you’d be paying less than $1 per gallon. Electric vehicle owners also save in other ways. There is nearly no maintenance and right now there are up to $10,000 in rebates for buyers.”

EPUD’s charging stations can be used by the public and EPUD employees. “We are leading by example,” Coe said. “In the area of workplace charging, we are a resource to local businesses that want to offer this service to their employees and neighbors.”

Electric vehicle sales are on the rise, Coe said. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance in a little more than 10 years nearly 30 percent of vehicles sold will be electric.