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Tahoe agency gets $200K grant to create electric car plan

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LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently was approved for a $200,000 California Energy Commission grant to create a plug-in electric vehicle plan for the region.

The plan will assess current conditions and charging locations and identify public and private locations where additional charging stations would best serve the public, according to TRPA.

Having such a plan would help attract public and private investment to improve the region's charging station infrastructure.

"Not only do we need to make electric vehicle travel within the Tahoe/Truckee Region convenient for residents, visitors and businesses, we also need to ensure that visitors and second homeowners, who increasingly own PEVs in the Bay Area and Sacramento regions, can get to Tahoe-Truckee in their cars," Karin Edwards, sustainable communities program manager for TRPA, said in a statement.

Work on the plan is anticipated to start in fall 2015, and will be a collaborative effort involving regional stakeholders, members of the public and neighboring partners, according to TRPA.

"Once equipped with a regional PEV readiness plan to direct and ensure strategic and effective outreach and infrastructure development, the Tahoe/Truckee Region could play a key role in getting more Californians to drive electric vehicles," Edwards said.

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Those interested in learning more or getting involved should contact Edwards at kedwards@trpa.org or 775-589-5258.