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California Electric Car Drivers Get a Charge From the Governor

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Californians may soon see more electric car charging stations around the state thanks to a settlement from ten-year-old claims over California’s energy crisis.

Governor Jerry Brown has announced that NRG Energy will pay the state $120 million dollars in a settlement over the costs of long-term power contracts from 2001.

Blink level two charger from Ecotality

Blink level two charger from Ecotality

The Governor says the state plans to use most of the money to build a network of electric car charging stations. $100 million dollars will go to funding at least 200 public fast-charging stations and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations across the state. The remaining $20 million dollars will go to rate-payer relief.

The roll out of an EV charging network has been slow. Several charging companies that have received federal financial support are behind schedule. The governor’s new executive order would set a target of 2015 to have all major cities, in the state, outfitted with chargers.

The Governor has ordered the state to be ready to support more than 1 million electric vehicles by 2020.

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Andrea is KQED's Senior Science Editor . Andrea was born in Los Angeles and discovered radio news through listening to her college radio station. With a curious mind and a love for telling stories, she set off for Tampa where she landed her first job as a reporter for Florida Public Radio. After three years reporting in an unbearably humid climate and a brief stint as a miscast opera reporter, Andrea returned to L.A. to work for public radio, then for television news and finally as a reporter for CBS radio. Andrea has been at KQED for over twelve years, working first as a producer for Forum, and then as the senior producer for The California Report. She is now KQED's Senior Science and Environment Editor and narrates the QUEST television program. Andrea says she feels lucky to cover emerging science and environmental trends in a place where geek is chic.