Danville expanding electric vehicle charging network

Reports on mayor's trip to Washington, parks and leisure services also on Town Council's agenda

The Danville Town Council is set to consider a proposal Tuesday to designate one parking spot at the library/community center public lot as exclusively for cars using the new electric vehicle charging station there.

The new unit is the third public charging station at town municipal parking lots, following the installations last year of dual-port charging stations at the Clock Tower and Railroad Avenue lots.

The first two stations have been used more than 2,190 times since April 1, resulting in a 6,371-kilogram reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and more than $2,500 in revenue for the town, according to Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager.

Late last month, the town added a new charging station to the Danville Library/Community Center Municipal Parking Lot on Front Street, and town officials want to allow only charging cars to use the parking spot adjacent to the station in order to maximize station usage, Rojanasathira said in his staff report to the council.

The library/community center charging unit is a DC Fast facility, part of a ChargePoint DC Express Corridor Program underwritten by BMW and Volkswagen, according to Rojanasathira. The Danville location is the only DC Fast station in the network between Portland, Ore., and the Santa Ynez Valley, he added.

The new, faster charging station will cost users the same amount as the other two town units, 30 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity used, according to Rojanasathira.

The library/community center unit was donated by the ChargePoint program to the town, along with installation, signage, striping, warranty and three-year maintenance costs, with a total value of $65,600, he added. Revenues from the charging rates are collected and kept by the town.

The electric vehicle parking spot is listed among five items on the council's consent agenda, a collection of items deemed routine and voted upon all at once. The regular council meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

In other business, Mayor Karen Stepper will present a report on her trip to the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

The council will also hear updates on the town's Parks and Leisure Services Commission, the Tri-Valley Transportation Council and the Street Smarts program.

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Feb 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm

This is a private business matter.
Government should NOT be in Business.

Do you see Government Gas Stations on every corner? No!
Why not? There is a reason. It is for private businesses to do that business.
Otherwise, Government ends up doing anything and everything. That becomes Socialism or Communism or something by the same name.

How do we stop our Town Council from exceeding its proper boundaries, when they don't think they have any boundaries?
They are spending our money to venture into private businesses.
That got away with doing it twice. Now they're going for a third time. And then what?

Yes, it makes money (supposedly). A business is supposed to make money.

But Government was never supposed to be in the business of doing business. That is a matter for private individuals, investors, companies.

Government can always out-compete and outlast any private business they want to. They have tax dollars and public employees. They write the rules. They control too many ingredients. They can dictate the standards.

It doesn't matter how GOOD the idea is--it is not Government's place to spend the time, effort, resources, money, people, and real estate to venture into and fulfill business ideas. It is usually going to be a good and popular idea.

If the NEED is there, private business will address it by themselves. Government needs to get more "out of the way"..

This is action without representation. Your money and your employees and your land are being taken to enter into a business that competes with other potential investors.

It is a breakdown of and attack upon the Free Enterprise Capitalistic system.
Eventually, Government will damage or destroy Capitalism and Individual Determinism. That leads to people becoming Slaves to Government (aka Socialism, Communism).

I know that sounds extremist, but it starts with a million paper cuts.
It started so long ago that it is practically accepted as a given. The frog doesn't feel the water getting hot.

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Feb 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Additionally, the Town Council GAVE AWAY free electricity last time they installed electric stations for an initial time period.
Who gave them the right to do that!?!
That was giving away OUR resources to a FEW lucky users (abusers).

Send ME some money, instead!

If you were to do this with company funds, you'd be charged with embezzlement.

And what slick talker made the Council think they needed to do that to entice customers to the stations. Assuming that there was a real "need" for the stations, people were going to find and use them anyway.

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Posted by Herman Glates
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Herman Glates is a registered user.

Danville’s town manager says these two charging stations have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by around 6.5 metric tons since last April, as if that’s some sort of accomplishment.

That ain’t jack squat.

Each year, humanity emits over 36 billion metric tons of greenhouse gasses.

So these two charging stations reduced global GhG emissions by less than 0.000000018%.

The sad fact is, California could eliminate every single car, truck, and SUV on our roads and it wouldn’t even reduce global GhG emissions by 1%. Fighting climate change is a lost cause.

The parking spaces might make certain greenheads feel good about reducing their personal carbon footprint, but that’s about it.

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2016 at 5:27 pm

"Danville's town manager says these two charging stations have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by around 6.5 metric tons since last April, as if that's some sort of accomplishment."

How so?
This ELECTRIC STATION is reducing greenhouse gas emissions in what way?

I can't wait for this Junk Science.

Oh, please don't tell me that he is comparing the ELECTRIC CAR's emissions to a GASOLINE CAR.....and taking some credit for the actual car itself.

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