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Gov. Jerry Brown drives electric highway development

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The $120 settlement Governor Jerry Brown and the California Public Utilities Commission reached with NRG Energy late last month will pave the way for sweeping upgrades to the state’s infrastructure aimed squarely at drivers of EVs.   

According to Triple Pundit, The plan is to install 200 new public fast charging stations and an additional 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locales throughout California.

This follows Gov. Brown’s recent executive order that set goals to have at least 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California roadways by the year 2025.

“This executive order strengthens California’s position as a national leader in zero-emission vehicles,” Gov. Brown said in a statement cited by The Bottom Line. “The settlement will dramatically expand California’s electric vehicle infrastructure, helping to clean our air and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

The settlement comes from a claim made by the state against NRG and Dynegy, Inc stating that California was grossly overcharged for energy in the years 2000 and 2001, which contributed to the rolling blackouts of the time.

“The settlement will launch a virtuous circle in which ever more Californians will feel comfortable driving EVs, and growing EV sales will in turn attract ever more investment in charging infrastructure to our state,” said Michael R. Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission. “It will create jobs in California, help clean our air, and support attainment of our greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

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