The 7th annual Georgia Environmental Conference was held in Savannah the week of Aug. 20th, 2012. Southeast Green covered multiple sessions. We sent out over 250 tweets in 2 days listening to a variety of topics while focusing on Georgia's energy policy and future.

The Clean Cities Atlanta team presented all the work that the City of Atlanta, Center for Transportation & Environment, and Clean Cities Atlanta have worked on to prepare Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina for the Electric Vehicle infrastructure. Managing a Department of Energy (DOE) Grant the team presented the policy and collaboration that has been achieved. Read from the bottom up to read in order.

Other Tweet Diaries from GEC 2012

 

  • ?how long does an #EV last. Still unknown but we do know the longer you drive them cheaper to operate. The reverse of your gas guzzler.
  • There will a conference in each Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina to get the full #EV readiness program. Get info @ http://cleancitiesatlanta.net 
  • The economics of #EV? $1,900 per #EV per year will be spent in #GA instead of being exported out of state.
  • Still need to decide what parking regulations are needed and how they are enforced.
  • One of the easy ways to help deployment is easy permitting. Plugin #GA has worked to make that happen with CoATL. It's now in place.
  • There is also major transportation highway plans revolving around DC fast chargers so people can travel on the interstates
  • Southern Co was very helpful in assessing grid impact and real impact is 10 yrs out so planning now to be ahead of the issue.
  • Deployment of 100,000 #EVs in #Ga, #al and #sc achievable by 2020
  • The real barrier of #Ev adoption is the marketing. Manufacturers and gov need to solve that.
  • #GA Power has given us some of the best rates in the country for charging #EVs. Tx @GeorgiaPower
  • There are also HOV lane benefits if you have an #EV. Like free travel in the lane.
  • There are tax credits both Federal and #GA state. $7,500 from fed and $5,000 at state. #GA is only one of 5 states that have such a strong 1
  • If you compare an #EV to regular gas vehicle that gets 30 miles a gal to travel 100 miles $3.40 for the EV vs. $11.20 traditional gas car
  • The 1973 Territorial Act of #GA even effects pricing structures for public #EV charging >> time for an update on the Territorial Act
  • Most robust map for #EV chargers is on Department of Energy website
  • There are currently 92 public charging stations in the state of #GA
  • There are technologies that are still being decided by operable #EV technology is here.
  • And Georgia Power have a Plug-in #EV rate that helps: http://bit.ly/OyPmdq  RT @BethSEGreen #EVs do not put a strain on the current grid.
  • Every major automobile manufacturer is producing some type of electric vehicle...either hybrid or full electric
  • The most energy efficient vehicles are electric vehicles.
  • Medium sized electric trucks are in, really started to be used by Staples and Frito Lays for local deliveries
  • Most people don't drive more than 40 miles a day
  • Jules Toraya now up to discuss the details of what we learned.
  • Key activities of the #EV readiness program are: assessment of grid impact, challenges to charger infrastructure, education workbooks
  • Second life uses include: energy storage for charging stations
  • Myth: Batteries are awful. Fact: they are recyclable and have large second life potential and can be used much longer than you think
  • #EVs do not put a strain on the current grid.
  • US transfers $1 billion a day for fuel costs. What if we kept that here in the US. Electricity is created here and more demand=more jobs
  • Electrifying vehicles avoid a lot of issues. Oil spills, nations that shut down wells, costs to transport fuel.
  • Up next Steve Clermont from CTE
  • If you need alternative fuel stations you can visit clean cities atlanta website.
  • Electric is coming and will grow more rapidly.
  • We are approaching 1,000,000 alternative energy vehicles in the US. Most are the E85 that run on ethanol. Need to build fuel stations.
  • There are many fuel replacements we can use. Today we will be focusing on electricity. #NatGas is of course coming on strong.
  • Clean Cities is working to reduce, replace and eliminate petroleum usage.
  • Now 60% of US petroleum consumption is located in the US-Western Hemisphere.
  • We were consuming more and more until the recession. Numbers started decline.
  • GM builds more Buicks in China than it does in the US now
  • US is 4% of the World population but consume 25% of world's energy
  • First up Don Francis of Clean Cities. He is explaining the work. Clean Cities is gov-private co-operative to reduce petro consumption
  • Okay this is the next session. It's the EV Readiness program. I am presenting so going to try to tweet and Present :0)
  • ? Maintenance costs...very low. No lubrication costs. No hoses, no belts, no oil changes. #EVs run 1000s of hours without maintenance needs
  • The @georgiapower super rate is actually available to everyone not just #EVs owners. #whoknew can save bunch of money if managed