NRG Complying With Settlement, Opens Second EV Charging Station
NRG eVgo recently opened a charging station that boasts connectivity for all varieties of electric vehicles (EV).
The Freedom Station at Simon Property Group's Fashion Valley in San Diego is the nation's first all-in-one charging station, the company said. Drivers have access to any type of connector they might need—SAE Combo, CHAdeMO direct current (DC) fast charge and alternating current (AC) J1772 Level 2 EV charging.
Introduced in late September, the Freedom Station is part of eVgo's plan to build EV charging networks across the San Francisco Bay, San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles Basin and San Diego areas of California. The company opened its first charging station earlier in September at Kimco’s Westlake Shopping Center in Daly City, near San Francisco.
The larger plan is for eVgo to provide charging stations at offices, multi-family communities, schools and hospitals. The company wants to align itself with California's goal of having at least 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025, but also must open the stations to comply with a settlement.
NRG eVgo's parent company, NRG Energy of Houston, agreed to invest $120 million in a network of EV stations as part of a 2012 settlement for overcharging customers for electricity during the 1999 energy crisis. NRG, which has 2 million customers in 16 states, must open 200 EV charging stations by 2016 and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations across the state.
Still, the company looks to benefit greatly from the openings—it estimates that one-third of all EV sales in the U.S. come from California.
The DC fast chargers at Fashion Valley can provide up to an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes.
“With charging options at your home, apartments and work combined with on-the-go charging, our mission is to make it even easier to choose to drive an electric car,” Terry O’Day, vice president of business development for NRG eVgo in California, said.
By Jake Johnson
Amid reports that oil industry-friendly former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz remains under consideration to return to his old post in the incoming Biden administration, a diverse coalition of environmental groups is mobilizing for an "all-out push" to keep Moniz away from the White House and demand a cabinet willing to boldly confront the corporations responsible for the climate emergency.
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Anger, anxiety, overwhelm … climate change can evoke intense feelings.
"It's easy to feel dwarfed in the context of such a global systemic issue," says psychologist Renée Lertzman.
She says that when people experience these feelings, they often shut down and push information away. So to encourage climate action, she advises not bombarding people with frightening facts.
"When we lead with information, we are actually unwittingly walking right into a situation that is set up to undermine our efforts," she says.
She says if you want to engage people on the topic, take a compassionate approach. Ask people what they know and want to learn. Then have a conversation.
This conversational approach may seem at odds with the urgency of the issue, but Lertzman says it can get results faster.
"When we take a compassion-based approach, we are actively disarming defenses so that people are actually more willing and able to respond and engage quicker," she says. "And we don't have time right now to mess around, and so I do actually come to this topic with a sense of urgency… We do not have time to not take this approach."
Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media
Reposted with permission from Yale Climate Connections.
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