LADWP Unveils Initiative for EV Fast-Charging Stations in Underserved L.A. Communities


(The initiative includes a $4,000 Rebate for Working-Class Residents on Used EVs)


      The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced a new plan to establish a network of electric vehicle (EV) ‘fast-charger’ stations in underserved communities within the city. The EV charging plaza network will be a pivotal element of LADWP’s ‘Powered by Equity’ initiative, which will provide city-owned battery electric vehicle charging infrastructure in underserved communities.

      To support the transition, LADWP is also increasing its Used EV Rebate from $2,500 to $4,000 for customers participating in the discount rate programs.

      Bishop Noel Jones, senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church, is working with the city to create an EV partnership that will install EV chargers at churches in Los Angeles.

      “We are extremely glad to be a part of the partnership that is being put forward by not only our mayor but by LADWP. And I guarantee you that with their support, and our support, we’re going to make things happen and change things,” Bishop Jones said.

      In addition to building EV charging stations in underserved communities throughout L.A., LADWP plans to expand and add equity components to a variety of clean energy programs, including solar utilization, electric vehicle rebates, and utility upgrades.

      Cynthia McClain-Hill, President of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners, said, “Our clean energy future must be meaningful and beneficial for our customers citywide. Moving forward, our clean energy future will be ‘Powered by Equity.’ Our path forward is to continue ‘Leading with Equity’ in how we fashion the framework for our city’s clean energy future.

      This launch is part of LADWP’s ‘Powered by Equity’ initiative that closely follows the public announcement of LA100 Equity Strategies. The extensive two-year research study offers a comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles’ disparities in clean energy investments and proposes specific policies and programs to rectify these inequities.

      “For these strategies to be successful, we knew we needed to tailor them to the needs of the City’s entire community. No other utility in the United States has committed not only 100% renewable but making sure it’s implemented equitably,” said Stephanie Pincetl, a co-author of the report and director of the UCLA California Center for Sustainable Communities. “This is the power of a municipal utility, a utility owned by and for its customers.”

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