In an effort to foster improved environmental stewardship and serve the growing number of drivers of electric vehicles (EV), Pacific Power Corp. initiated a grant program providing 100% of funds needed to install new EV charging infrastructure at qualifying non-residential locations. Because the Astoria Aquatic Center is a focal hub of our community, and provides amenities for out-of-town visitors, it was a logical site to pursue these funds in order to offer a unique and desirable service to EV drivers that live in Astoria or are visiting from nearby communities
Charging stations are becoming more ubiquitous in the North Coast region as EV popularity grows and the technology associated with them is improved. According to the website EVadoption.com, EV vehicle purchases increased by nearly 50% from 2017 – 2018 in Oregon. This has led to an opportunity for the City of Astoria to increase its regional allure to EV drivers by increasing the availability of the charging infrastructure in our area. The Parks and Recreation Department requested and was awarded $45,037 in grant funds to install two EV charging stations in the parking lot of the Aquatic Center; which will supplement the existing charging station located at the downtown Transit Center and the future station at Fort George Brewery’s parking lot on Duane Street.
The two EV charging stations installed will provide two Level 2 AC Single Chargers, with a medium-speed charging rate of around 6-8 hours. The charging stations will require users to pay for their use, helping to off-set the increased electrical costs to the facility. All work related to the grant will be overseen and managed by Parks Department staff. The grant funds will be provided on a reimbursable basis and the project is anticipated to be completed by February 2021.