There will soon be a network of electric vehicle stations in cities, along highways and at workplaces and public places across Ontario. Through the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) grant program, the province is working with 24 public and private sector partners to create the network. With this expansion in new charging infrastructure across the province, electric vehicle owners can now plan longer trips with more confidence. Peterborough Utilities was awarded funding to install nine stations at six locations:
These charging stations are now energized and ready for use. Best of all, charging will be provided free throughout 2017.
To use the stations, EV drivers must create a FLO (EV charging network) account online. Visit flo.ca for more information.
Electric vehicles can be plugged into a standard household or workplace outlet to charge, also known as Level 1 (110V, 15amps) charging. It takes eight to 20 hours to fully charge at Level 1.
Level 2 charging stations use a 240V system (similar to a clothes dryer plug) and can fully charge a vehicle in about four to six hours.
Level 3 charging stations (also known as Direct Current Fast Chargers or DCFC) use a 480V system and can charge a vehicle to 80 per cent in about 30 minutes. All local locations have a Level 2 charger, while Lansdowne Place and Norwood locations also have a Level 3 ‘fast-charger.’
In total, close to 500 charging stations will be installed across Ontario at over 250 locations. All charging stations under this program will be available for public use no later than March 31, 2017 and will comprise, by far, the largest public network of Level 3 stations in Canada.
These resources will assist in find the charging stations near you :
Thank you and congratulations to PDI customers
In 2011, all electric utilities in Ontario, including Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI), were given energy reduction targets by the provincial government. The residents and businesses of Peterborough, Lakefield and Norwood worked together to not just meet, but surpass, the energy reduction requirement. And PDI was one of only 13 utilities in Ontario to do so.
Between 2011 and 2014, we achieved a reduction of 35,000 MWh. In terms of CO2 emissions, that’s like taking 5,000 cars off the road for a year. During the same period, PDI also reduced peak demand by more than the amount required by the province.
We want to thank all of our customers that participated in our energy conservation programs. You’re the reason PDI was so successful in reducing electricity use.
PDI now has a new reduction target of an additional 38,000 MWh by 2020. That’s equivalent to taking the electricity consumption of the entire village of Lakefield off the grid. But we can only achieve this goal with the continued help of residents and businesses in the area.
Everyone has their own reasons for saving energy including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving money, and taking the strain off our infrastructure. With the help of some new conservation programs just being introduced, we can all work towards meeting our targets for 2020.
Reports available for download
The Conservation and Demand Management Annual Reports are available for download (pdf).