FERC Approves California EV Charging Network
Clean Edge News
NRG Energy, through its eVgo subsidiary, has been cleared to provide Californians with an electric vehicle (EV) charging network including fast chargers that allow drivers to add 50 miles of range in 15 minutes at premier retail environments. With the recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of the agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission and NRG, eVgo can now begin work on a network that will raise the bar on convenience for EV drivers.
As part of its agreement with the Commission, NRG is investing approximately $100 million over the next four years in the eVgoCalifornia charging network, expecting to generate in the process more than 1,500 jobs and a total economic benefit of more than $185 million from employment and procurement of goods and services.
The fee-based eVgo charging network will consist of at least 200 publicly available fast-charging stations conveniently located at premier retail locations in the San Francisco Bay area, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin and San Diego County.
NRG will spend $5 million in collaboration with researchers and stakeholders on technology demonstration projects that will test new charging and related technologies and invest $4 million, in consultation with The Greenlining Institute, the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative and other key stakeholders, to support low income car-sharing, workforce training, and related opportunity programs.