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Ride the Ring!

By Seth Wheeler, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

A ring of new electric vehicle chargers in New Hampshire’s White Mountains region will greet visitors to the ALT Energy Summit, to be held September 13 and 14 at the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the ALT Energy Summit, which has become a proving playground for all manner of alternative energy-powered  transportation.

This year, attendees arriving by electric vehicle will have more publicly available charging stations than ever before, thanks to a partnership between New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) and a group of its commercial members. NHEC has worked with its members in the hospitality industry to install EV charging stations in North Conway (Red Jacket Mountain View Resort), Woodstock (Woodstock Inn Station), Plymouth (Common Man Inn) and Lincoln (Indian Head Resort), Meredith (Church Landing at Mill Falls), and Jackson (Bernerhof Inn). Together, they create a ring of charging stations that are all within the range limits of most EV and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Prior to the installation of chargers at the NHEC member locations, there were fewer than 20 Type II EV charging stations that were available for use by the public in New Hampshire, fewer than a handful of which were located north of Concord. The charging stations installed as part of the NHEC program will put some of New Hampshire’s most scenic terrain, including the White Mountains and Mount Washington Valley, within range for most EV motorists.

By monitoring the use of the charging stations in the NHEC pilot program (both in total kilowatt-hours and number of vehicles), NHEC will analyze the use of and need for EV charging stations in its service territory. In the meantime, the chargers have been helping to attract new business to the participating locations. A number of hotel and resort owners say they have attracted out-of-state guests who have booked their stay specifically because of the availability of EV chargers.

Make your plans now to join NHEC and hundreds of alternative energy enthusiasts for this technology showcase that includes demonstrations and a ride up the Northeast’s highest peak.

NHEC is a non-profit electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

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