Phase II of Nevada Electric Highway Kicked-off


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CARSON CITY, NV - May 30, 2017

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) and Lincoln County Power District No. 1 are announcing the most recent expansion of the state’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

Located at the McCrosky Y-Service Station on U.S. Highway 93 in Panaca, the charging station officially launches Phase II of the Nevada Electric Highway, a GOE-led initiative that seeks to electrify major highway corridors throughout the state.

The Panaca charging station was designed and built by Lincoln County Power District (LCPD) No. 1, an electric co-op that provides power to Panaca and other eastern Nevada communities.

“The (McCrosky Y-Service) station will benefit those wanting to spend time in Lincoln County,” explained David Luttrell, General Manager of LCPD. “We have multiple state parks in the county, including Cathedral Gorge State Park which is located just a few miles from the charging station. We are also becoming known as a destination for mountain bike enthusiasts. This EV charging station will enhance the desirability of our area for visitors.” 

The station consists of one Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger and two Level 2 Chargers. DC Fast Chargers can charge a vehicle in less than an hour. Level 2 chargers typically require several hours for a full charge. The station is covered in order to provide additional protection for the vehicles and charging equipment from the elements. Like all Nevada Electric Highway charging stations, the McCrosky Y-Service station is available 24 hours a day and free to use for five years.

Nevada Electric Highway Background

The Nevada Electric Highway started as a partnership between the GOE and NV Energy to install EV charging stations at cost-effective and strategic locations along US 95, eliminating range anxiety for travelers between the urban centers of Reno and Las Vegas while also bringing business to rural communities. Phase I of the Nevada Electric Highway is nearly complete. Last year, two of the four planned charging stations along the highway went operational in the communities of Beatty and Fallon, and two more are planned for completion this year.

“The expansion of the Nevada Electric Highway is part of a broader effort to help meet our goal to become the nation’s leading producer and consumer of clean and renewable energy,” said Angela Dykema, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy.  “Nevada has a wealth of domestic renewable resources like geothermal and solar, and transitioning our transportation infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles will lessen our dependency on out-of-state resources, which accounts for over a third of the energy consumed in Nevada.” 

The Nevada Electric Highway is identified as a priority for the Silver State in Nevada’ Strategic Planning Framework, 2016-2020, and also compliments regional and national efforts. By creating electrified corridors through Nevada, thousands of EVs that currently operate along the West Coast won’t be hemmed in by the region’s vast geographical expanses.  Nevada has rightly been called the “Gateway East,” and electrifying its highways will connect the thriving California EV market to tourist destinations in Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Utah, and beyond. In 2016, the Federal Highway Administration designated I-80, I-15, US 95 and US 50 across Nevada as signage-pending Alternative Fuel Corridors, further illustrating the need for EV infrastructure investments along these highways which provide essential connectivity across the region. 

The Nevada Electric Highway is part of a coordinated effort among the governors of western states to facilitate electric vehicle travel. In December 2016, the Governor Sandoval joined the governors of Colorado and Utah in an announcement to develop complementary plans for building an EV charging network across key highway corridors in their states. The corridors include Interstates 70, 76 and 25 across Colorado; Interstates 70, 80 and 15 across Utah; and Interstates 80 and 15 across Nevada. In total, the charging network will connect more than 2,000 miles of highway. 

Nevada Electric Highway funding comes from many sources. GOE uses funds from its State Energy Program Formula Grant, an annual source of funds from the U.S. Department of Energy. GOE and the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection intend to utilize Volkswagen settlement money on EV charging infrastructure along Nevada’s highways and Electrify America, Volkswagen’s wholly owned subsidiary, is also establishing a network of EV charging stations along major U.S. interstates including Nevada’s Interstates 15 and 80. Lastly, Nevada’s electric utilities and co-ops provide labor and materials during the construction of the charging stations. 

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About the Governor's Office of Energy

The Governor's Office of Energy oversees energy programs required through statute and those that help to meet the mission of the office, which is to ensure the wise development of Nevada's energy resources in harmony with local community economic needs and Nevada natural resources. For more information about GOE, please visit energy.nv.gov.

About Lincoln County Power District No. 1

Lincoln County Power District No. 1 (LCPD) was created in 1935 after the Nevada State Legislature passed an act that provided for the creation of power districts. Today, LCPD No. 1 distributes power from the Colorado River Commission of Nevada and other sources, and serves an area in excess of 10,000 square miles in Lincoln and Clark Counties. For more information about LCPD No. 1, please visit www.lcpd1.com.