Best Practice Action Detail

Best Practice Action 23.5

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

Install, assist with and promote publicly available EV charging stations or public fueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles. 

1 star 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 star EV charging stations at 2 or more locations or a Level 3 DC Quick Charge station, or purchase renewable electricity to power at least 1 station.  
3 star Report the installation of 4+ stations; connect at least 1 station to on-site renewable generation such as PV panels.

Who's doing it

Morris - 3 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Blaine Hill (City staff) | bhill@ci.morris.mn.us | 320-589-3141
Partners: UMN-Morris, WCROC, Ottertail Power Company, Willie's Supervalu
Austin - 2 star
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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
Partners: Riverland Community College; Hormel Foundation; CERTs; Southern MN Electric; Werner Electric Supply
Duluth - 2 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Alex Jackson, Energy Coordinator (City staff) | ajackson@DuluthMN.gov | 218-730-4433
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Elk River - 2 star
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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.
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Our Elk River Municipal Utilities continues to monitor the use of both charging stations.
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For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff) | ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov | 763-635-1068
Partners: Elk River Municipal Utilities
Moorhead - 2 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff) | dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com | 218-299-5314
Partners: Zef Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Missouri River Energy Services, Moorhead Public Service
Pine City - 2 star
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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.
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Zef Energy reports steady usage of the station even prior to its official launch. Plugshare.com reviews are very favorable.
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For more information contact:
Andrew Mack, AICP (City staff) | Amack@pinecitygov.com | 320-629-2575
Partners: Zef Energy, Pine County, Mn/DOT, East Central Energy, Family Pathways
Rochester - 2 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Tony Benson (City staff) | tbenson@rpu.org | 507-280-1534
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Fergus Falls - 1 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff) | len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us | 218-332-5418
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Golden Valley - 1 star
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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.
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For more information contact:
Drew Chirpich (City staff) | dchirpich@goldenvalleymn.gov | 763-593-8044
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Hopkins - 1 star
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Hopkins has two designated electric car permit stalls with electrical outlets located in the public parking ramp. Currently one individual uses the charging station.
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For more information contact:
Chuck Autio (City staff) | Cautio@hopkinsmn.com | 952-548-6378
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Northfield - 1 star
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These two stations which are installed at one high use locations were installed on the Carleton College campus in 2009.
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For more information contact:
Beth Kallestad (City staff) | beth.kallestad@ci.northfield.mn.us | 507-645-3074
Partners: Carleton College, ChargePoint
Saint Louis Park - 1 star
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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.
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number of electric vehicle charging occurences.
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For more information contact:
Shannon Pinc (City staff) | spinc@stlouispark.org | 952-924-2191
Partners: Xcel
West Saint Paul - 1 star
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Thompson County Park located in the City of West St. Paul currently has two electric vehicle charging stations.
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For more information contact:
Cassandra Schueller (City staff) | cschueller@wspmn.gov | 16515524118
Partners: Dakota County