Paul Jensen of GreenWays2Go was on the Main Street Show March 16, 2017 hosted by Dough Hamilton, Prairie Public Radio.
Yesterday, Prairie Public’s Dough Hamilton hosted Ed Gruchalla and Paul Jensen of the local environmental group C.L.E.A.N., explaining how and why it is necessary, to break the “shell” hindering the growth in usage, of electric vehicles in our State. The group C.L.E.A.N. is working to provide Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, and other North Dakota citizens with access to the fuel of the future, namely electricity. ‘The eggshell must be broken’, stated Ed Gruchalla, hinting to the proverbial Chicken and Egg conundrum, and ‘what better way than allocating money from the recent VW Emission settlement agreement, to seed fertile North Dakota ground for cleaner and more efficient electric vehicle fast charging stations’, for example, the ChargePoint CPE200 model.
The C.L.E.A.N. group has on January 16, 2017 submitted its proposal to the VW managed organization Electrify America, which recently requested public input for how to apply the funding allocated for clean electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Now North Dakota has assigned its Department of Health to manage and apply the 7.5 Million VW Dollars allocated to our state, for projects that comply with the intent of the VW Settlement rulings. Ed and Paul explained the C.L.E.A.N. group ideas, informing listeners on where the state would benefit most from this funding. The settlement is covered in a partial consent decree, specifically in Appendix “D-2” in a ruling issued by Californian Judge, Charles R. Breyer, during October 2016.
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