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The Pacific Coast Collaborative is committed to supporting and promoting innovation and the adoption of new personal and mass transportation technologies such as hydrogen and fuel cell-powered vehicles, electric vehicles, renewable bio-fuels, and the regional infrastructure to support them.

To accelerate adoption of new transportation technologies and stimulate private infrastructure investment, the Pacific coastal jurisdictions are working to establish a "green highway", intermittent alternative energy fuelling stations that will support electric and alternative fuel-powered vehicles along the Interstate 5/Highway 99 corridor leading from Southern California to Whistler, British Columbia through a variety of individual and joint agreements and initiatives.

Regional Best Practices:

 

·          Washington, Oregon and California were among six states selected to participate in “The EV Project”, a $230 million US Department of Energy (DoE) project to spur electric vehicle ownership and infrastructure. Nissan North America and General Motors/Chevrolet are partners in The EV Project and will launch a total of 8,300 electric vehicles to select markets.

·          Construction is underway on the West Coast Electric Highway, an extensive multi-state network of public electric vehicle DC fast charging stations. With Recovery Act funding from the US Departments of Energy and Transportation, the network will span the 585 miles from Canada to California along Interstate 5 with DC fast charging available every 40 to 60 miles.

·          British Columbia launched the Clean Energy Vehicle Program that includes point-of-sale rebates for natural gas vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, rebates for residential electric vehicle charging stations, and investments in charging infrastructure and hydrogen fueling infrastructure. 

·          The Hydrogen Highway network in British Columbia includes six active hydrogen fueling stations. The Province invested over $1 million in hydrogen fuelling infrastructure, including the North Vancouver Liquefaction Project that will produce local, clean hydrogen for use in transportation applications along the Pacific Coast.

·          The California Energy Commission awarded over $17.4 million in grants to deploy about 4,500 Level 1 and 2 plug-in electric vehicle charge points, 49 fast chargers and up to 600 upgrades to existing legacy chargers.  This deployment of residential, commercial, workplace, fleet and corridor chargers will be concentrated in the San Diego (with the EV Project), Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento regions, including placement of fast charging stations on inter-regional highway corridors.  In addition, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is installing 2,750 residential Level 2 chargers and an additional 50 fast charge stations in the nine-county Bay Area region. 

·          Pacific Coast states created forums for electric vehicle policy and infrastructure deployment planning. In California, the Energy Commission is working closely with the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative as they assist with development of Department of Energy regional plans. The Western Washington Clean Cities Coalition and the Washington State Plug-In Electric Vehicle Task Force developed a Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan for the State of Washington to inform policy makers, state and local governments, utilities, fleets, private sector businesses, and individual consumers about the clear and actionable roadmap for the widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. The Transportation Electrification Executive Council in Oregon developed a strategic plan for personal electric vehicles and serves as the steering committee for a Department of Energy planning grant to guide future policy, action, and public outreach.

 

 

 News From the Region


November 19, 2014: A YEAR LATER: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON & WASHINGTON MAKING PROGRESS ON COMMITMENTS: Regional Partnership Reveals a Way Forward as World Prepares for Lima Climate Talks
The Pacific Coast Collaborative released a progress report today highlighting achievements in the first year of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, last year’s regional multilateral agreement integrating climate change and energy strategies for 53 million people on the West Coast.

September 22, 2014: STATEMENTS BY THE LEADERS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON, AND WASHINGTON ON THE UNITED NATIONS’ 2014 CLIMATE SUMMIT
UNITED NATIONS – The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington, as part of the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, agreed last year to work together to advance national and international policy on climate change. As world leaders gather in New York for the UN Secretary-General's Climate Leadership Summit, Pacific Coast leaders delivered these statements of support for bold, decisive action:

June 30, 2014: British Columbia achieves greenhouse gas reduction goal
VICTORIA – British Columbia has reached its first greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 6% below 2007 levels by 2012 as set out in the Province’s Climate Action Plan.

June 2, 2014: WEST COAST LEADERS APPLAUD OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROPOSAL TO CUT CARBON POLLUTION
The leaders of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia today applauded the Obama Administration’s newly released proposal for reducing carbon pollution as a welcome sign that the federal government is stepping up as a partner in the fight against climate change. The three West Coast governors and the Premier of British Columbia, representing the Pacific Coast Collaborative, said the proposal would achieve meaningful greenhouse gas reductions from existing power plants, the nation’s largest source of heat-trapping emissions.

April 30, 2014 - B.C. congratulates Washington State for climate action
VICTORIA – “British Columbia congratulates Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for his April 29, 2014, executive order

April 29, 2014 - Gov. Inslee announces executive action to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy
SHORELINE, WA - Gov. Jay Inslee today signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington and advance development and use of clean energy technologies.

March 26, 2014 - B.C. Congratulates Mexico, France for Putting Price on Carbon
VANCOUVER – Environment Minister Mary Polak today congratulated Mexico and France at GLOBE 2014 for putting a price on carbon

December 18, 2013: Action on Ocean Acidification
Further to the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy they signed on October 28, 2013, the leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington have sent the following joint letter to President Obama and Prime Minister Harper seeking enhanced federal coordination, monitoring, and research support to address ocean acidification on the Pacific Coast of North America.