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January/February 2006

January/February 2006

The Future

A plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or gas-electric hybrid fueled vehicle is a hybrid which has additional battery capacity and the ability to be recharged from an external electrical outlet. In addition, modifications are made to the vehicle’s control software. The vehicle can be used for short trips of moderate speed without needing the internal combustion engine (ICE) component of the vehicle, thereby saving fuel costs. In this mode of operation the vehicle operates as a pure electric vehicle with a weight penalty (the ICE). The long range of the hybrid power train is available when needed.

PHEVs are commonly called “grid-connected hybrids,” “gas-optional hybrids” (GO-HEVs) or “full hybrids.”

An advantage of a grid-connectable vehicle is its potential to balance electric load or help the electric system meet demand during peak loads. Using the vehicle’s generating capability, power can be sent into the electric system in times of need and batteries recharged during off-peak times. Therefore, these vehicles are actually advantageous to utilities as well as their owners. This is accomplished with what is known as V2G or Vehicle to Grid technology.

Information from “Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.” Wikipedia, 10 Dec 2005

Rural Development

Douglas County PUD Commissioners, acting as the Board of the Electric Utility Rural Economic Development Revolving Fund, considered $105,428 in requests from 11 Douglas County entities. According to RCW 82.16, Douglas PUD is able to receive a revenue tax credit in the amount of $25,000 when it provides funding to rural communities for projects “designed to achieve job creation or business retention, to add or upgrade non-electrical infrastructure, to add or upgrade health and safety facilities, to accomplish energy and water use efficiency improvements, including renewable energy development, or to add or upgrade emergency services” up to a maximum of $50,000.  The Board of the Electric Utility Rural Economic Development Revolving Fund approved the following eight grants:

  •  City of Bridgeport: $2,985 to install backup generator for water supply pumping
  •  Douglas County:  $2,506 to replace windows in the Douglas County Courthouse
  •  Douglas County Fire District 1: $5,373 for a portable repeater, pagers and gasoline powered fan
  •  Douglas County Fire District 3: $9,211 to outfit wildland and structure fire fighters and EMTs
  •  Douglas County Fire District 5:  $12,793 to build a wildland brush truck
  •  Douglas County Fire District 8:  $1,780 to equip a wildland brush truck
  •  Douglas County Hospital District 2:  $2,559 for a new x-ray developer
  •  Douglas/Okanogan County Fire District 15:  $12,793 to purchase AMKUS rescue equipment