Electric Avenue is but one point along the proposed plug-in corridor, ranging from Vancouver, BC in the north to Bend, Oregon in the south. Some portions of the corridor are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2012 and the tentative agreement also calls for an extension into California.
At the Electric Avenue ceremony, Jim Piro, chief executive officer of Portland General Electric, projected that by
Piro went on to say that even if all vehicles in Portland were electric, only one additional natural gas-to-electricity facility would be required. So, we've one city that seems pretty prepped for plug-ins – how long until the rest of the U.S. is ready, too?So for us, by then, that would be about 170,000 vehicles in the Portland metro area, or about 50 megawatts of additional capacity – barely enough for the utility's load to change, especially if vehicles charge at off-peak times.
*UPDATE: We got a note saying that Piro did not say he expects 1 percent (or 170,000 vehicles) of vehicles to be electric or hybrid in Oregon by 2012. He said, instead, that PCE's resource plan is to be able to support that many vehicles over the next 10 years. That would be 2020ish, not 2012, and would require a modest 50 MW.