Monday, March 1, 2010

Can Power Grid Support Popularity Increase Of Electric Cars?

Here's something I hadn't thought of: how are electric cars going to affect area power providers in the future? As prices drop, many more people are expected to purchase electric cars in our area. But if everyone plugs them in to recharge when they get home from work at 5:00, is that going to cause a draw on the available electricity? The Spokesman-Review talked to Avista about that in this article.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.