Burbank Water and Power’s (BWP) proposed electric-vehicle (EV) “Charge N’ Go” program is back in the fast lane with the help of Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank). In February, Gatto formally requested support for the project from the California Energy Commission, which offers grants to fund certain infrastructure that helps increase the availability, stability, and sustainability of energy in the California. With a strong application and the support of community leaders like Gatto, Burbank Water and Power was awarded $163,802 in grant funding to support the project.
In his letter of support, Assemblyman Gatto cited the environmental benefits among the reasons he supports the project: “BWP’s EV Charge N’ Go project helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions while improving air quality in one of the most polluted air basins in the United States.”
Underscoring the importance and support for this and similar projects, Gatto cited Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-16-2012, which establishes an ambitious goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2025. “In order to meet this goal,” said Gatto, “it is critical that California accelerates funding for electric-vehicle charging infrastructure – both public and private.”