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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Local Air Quality
no. 23

Prevent generation of local air contaminants so as to improve community health.
  Best Practice Action 5      [ 1 2 3 4 5 ]       [all actions]

Install, assist with and promote one or more public fueling stations for plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles, flex-fuel ethanol vehicles, CNG vehicles.

Work with others to place 1 station at a high use area; promote the existence of all fueling options such as compressed natural gas in/around the city.
2 or more geographically separated EV charging stations, or a Level 3 DC Quick Charge station, or 1+ EV station powered by non-grid generated renewable electricity.
Report the installation of 4+ stations; connect at least 1 station to on-site renewable generation such as PV panels.


Date action report first entered:   08/10/2015
Date of last report update:   08/21/2015

Implementation details:
The station is a dual charging station, meaning two vehicles can charge at one time. The electric usage from the charging station will be offset with energy generated by the 1.65 kW solar array. Since it’s activation in January, the station has been used 48 times and discharged 175 kWh of charge. The solar panels have produced 1207 kWh.

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For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

Riverland Community College; Hormel Foundation; CERTs; Southern MN Electric; Werner Electric Supply

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Date action report first entered:   12/05/2016
Date of last report update:   12/05/2016
Year action initially completed:   2013
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
There has been a ChargePoint charging station, installed, owned, and operated by the City, at the Duluth Library/Depot Parking Structure (at the west end of the downtown area) since mid-2013; it is capable of charging at both 120- and 240-volt levels. The City also has plans to install five more charging stations for public use in 2017.

For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff)   |   ajackson@DuluthMN.gov   |   218-730-4433

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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   03/09/2018
Date of last report update:   12/21/2018
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Elk River Municipal Utilities installed two public charging stations in Elk River on two different major corridors in the city. One charger is a level 2 in our downtown area and the other is a DC fast charger in a Coborn's parking lot. The City helped promote the use of these chargers and assisted with the ERMU's kick off event at the downtown charging locations.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Our Elk River Municipal Utilities continues to monitor the use of both charging stations.

Descriptive links: https://www.elkriverutilities.com/electric-vehicle-charging

For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

Elk River Municipal Utilities

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Date action report first entered:   12/03/2018
Date of last report update:   12/03/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
A level 3 DC quick charge station was installed at the intersection of Hwy 75 and Interstate 94 at the Holiday Mall in Moorhead. The project was installed by Zef Energy as part of the Michigan to Montana I-94 Clean Fuel Corridor, which provides drivers with alternative fuel sources across a 1,500 mile stretch between Port Huron, MI, and Billings, MT. Funding was provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as by Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services.

Descriptive links: http://www.westfargopioneer.com/business/transportation/4474447-moorhead-get-high-powered-electric-car-charging-station

For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff)   |   dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com   |   218-299-5314

Zef Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Missouri River Energy Services, Moorhead Public Service

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Pine City

Date action report first entered:   09/10/2015
Date of last report update:   09/10/2015

Implementation details:
Level 2 EV Plug and DC Fast Charger (domestic and import EVs). The first DC fast charger between the Twin Cities and Duluth-Superior. The Level 2 is free for public use and it costs $0.20/min. for the fast charger.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Zef Energy reports steady usage of the station even prior to its official launch. Plugshare.com reviews are very favorable.

Descriptive links: www.plugshare.com

For more information contact:
Andrew Mack, AICP (City staff)   |   Amack@pinecitygov.com   |   320-629-2575

Zef Energy, Pine County, Mn/DOT, East Central Energy, Family Pathways

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Date action report first entered:   06/02/2011

Implementation details:
Rochester currently has three public charging stations. One of the stations is located downtown, the second is located at RPU customer parking, and the third is located on the Rochester community and technical college campus.

Descriptive links: http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/s1920539.shtml

For more information contact:
Tony Benson (City staff)   |   tbenson@rpu.org   |   507-280-1534

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls has added flex-fuel vehicles into our fleet. A CNG facility has recently opened in the city and we will be working closely with them as technology evolves.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   01/29/2019
Date of last report update:   01/29/2019
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City has recently installed an Electric Vehicle charger on the north side of the City Hall parking lot, west of the water tower. It is a 240 Volt dual charging station, capable of charging two vehicles at once. The rates for charging will be 90 cents per hour for the first three hours, and $1.20 per hour afterwards.

For more information contact:
Drew Chirpich (City staff)   |   dchirpich@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   763-593-8044

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Date action report first entered:   04/04/2011

Implementation details:
Hopkins has two designated electric car permit stalls with electrical outlets located in the public parking ramp. Currently one individual uses the charging station.

Descriptive links: http://www.hopkinsmn.com/transportation/parking.php

For more information contact:
Chuck Autio (City staff)   |   Cautio@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6378

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Date action report first entered:   07/14/2014
Date of last report update:   07/14/2014

Implementation details:
These two stations which are installed at one high use locations were installed on the Carleton College campus in 2009.

Descriptive links: https://apps.carleton.edu/transportation/?option=electric

For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff)   |   beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3074

Carleton College, ChargePoint

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Saint Louis Park

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2014

Implementation details:
The City just installed 2 electric charging stations at City Hall. These stations will be available (on) during business hours and large events held at City Hall.

Outcome measures/metrics:
number of electric vehicle charging occurences.

For more information contact:
Shannon Pinc (City staff)   |   spinc@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2191


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West Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   01/23/2019
Date of last report update:   02/25/2019
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Thompson County Park located in the City of West St. Paul currently has two electric vehicle charging stations.

Descriptive links: https://afdc.energy.gov/stations#/station/79985

For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff)   |   cschueller@wspmn.gov   |   16515524118

Dakota County

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Morris pending

Date action report first entered:   04/22/2019
Date of last report update:   04/22/2019
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
In April 2018, the City of Morris (and Ottertail Power Company) helped facilitate the installation of a public, free EV charging system at Willie's Supervalu in Morris. UMM has multiple free, networked EV charging stations, and West Central Research and Outreach Center has both a level 3 DC fast charger and a level 2 charger, both of which are connected to on-site solar PV.

For more information contact:
Blaine Hill (City staff)   |   bhill@ci.morris.mn.us   |   320-589-3141

UMN-Morris, WCROC, Ottertail Power Company, Willie's Supervalu

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Megan Kuhl-Stennes, Neighborhood Air Pollution Lead, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2455, Megan.KuhlStennes@state.mn.us