This project aims to reduce infrastructure costs and accelerate EV adoptions. The Energy Council looks to support governing bodies and publicly owned utilities in considering innovative programs to support transportation and reduce the costs of electrification. Examples for municipalities include requiring vehicle or bike charging in right of ways, lamp posts, or multifamily dwellings when under development.
Biodiesel and renewable diesel are low-emission fuel options that can be mixed with or replace fossil fuel diesel in transportation. This project monitors state bills and the work of other cities that are reducing climate change emissions by implementing renewable diesel policies.
Electric school buses reduce student and community exposure to toxic emissions and reduce fossil fuel use. They also offer unique opportunities to support the community during a power outage. Support HRCSD in procuring an electric school bus that is capable of providing mobile backup power during power outages.
The Gorge Transit Strategy is a collaborative planning process to create a shared vision for coordinated public transportation in a five-county region in the Mid-Columbia River Gorge. This effort is led by the Gorge Translink Alliance, which brings together five regional transit agencies: Columbia Area Transit (Hood River County), The Link (Wasco County), Sherman County Community Transit, Mt. Adams Transportation Services (Klickitat County), and Skamania County Public Transit.
The Gorge Transit Strategy is available as of June 2023. Read the strategy here. The Hood River County Energy Council contributed to this strategy through the Stakeholder Advisory Group (STAG).
Next, the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District has received funding from ODOT and has a pending grant with WSDOT to support implementation of the Gorge Transit Strategy, including convening a Regional Transit Advisory Board.
Hood River County is home to the first Clean Rural Electric Car Share (CRuSE). The car share increases access to clean transportation by offering short term (by the minute) rentals of electric cars. Encourage the success of CRuSE and support the project’s next steps after the pilot concludes.