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GEORGIA'S Energy Outlook

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How EMCs in Georgia are
supporting electric vehicles
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n previous articles, we've discussed
electric vehicles (EVs) and whether
they make sense for your driving
needs. A number of electric utilities,
including Georgia's electric membership cooperatives (EMCs), recognize the
importance of helping members make
informed decisions, save money and
protect the environment. Many of them
are innovating with EVs.
To encourage the growth of EV use,
EMCs in Georgia are providing
EV demonstrations, and many EMCs
have information on their websites. Here
are a few examples:
* Marietta-based Cobb EMC hosts EV
demonstration programs and Show and
Drive events. Cobb EMC members can
sign up to check out an EV for up to
24 hours. See bit.ly/cobvchk.
* Tri-County EMC, headquartered in
Gray, has hosted two demonstration
days at which attendees could testdrive several different EVs. As part of
last year's EV19 event, Tri-County EMC
conducted an EV workshop for first
responders. See bit.ly/tricevdd.
* Carrollton-based Carroll EMC's website
provides facts, a savings calculator,
information about current models
and a charger location finder. See
carrollemc.com/ev.
Fourteen of Georgia's 41 EMCs have
at least one EV in their company fleets,
and 14 EMCs have installed charging
stations at their headquarters. Oglethorpe Power Corp., which provides electric
power to 38 of the state's EMCs, has
installed charging stations at its Tucker
headquarters, where Georgia EMC and
Georgia Magazine offices also are located.
Ten EMCs have residential and
commercial rates or incentives to help
EV drivers save money and shift vehicle
charging to off-peak hours. Some EMCs
using EV rates and incentives include:
* Sawnee EMC, based in Cumming,
offers several rate options, including a

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special plug-in EV rate that offers low-cost charging from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. year-round.
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* Coweta-Fayette EMC in Palmetto has announced its Drive Free for a Year Plug-in
EV in Vehicle
fleet
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programs
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Program, in which qualified members who
lease
or purchase an EV
can receive a monthly bill credit that covers the cost of charging. See utility.org/ev.
* Cobb
EMCEV
offers
a program called NiteFlex, which allows a member to charge his
Installed
charger
or her EV using up to 400 kilowatt-hours for free from 12 p.m. to 6 a.m. See
bit.ly/cobnfx.
Some EMCs are working with local businesses to install charging stations:
* LaGrange-based Diverse Power has partnered with a Chick-fil-A restaurant in
LaGrange to install a DC fast charger. Travelers along Interstate 85 can get a charge
while enjoying a chicken sandwich.
* Rayle EMC in Washington is working with a hotel under construction on Interstate
20 to provide a charging station for guests to use when the hotel opens.
As member interest in electric vehicles grows, Georgia's electric cooperatives will
be there in support and as trusted advisers.
Alan C. Shedd is the director of emerging technologies for Tucker-based Oglethorpe
Power Corp.

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