Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (October 5, 2020) – With over two million visitors to Door County each year, Sturgeon Bay continues to be a popular destination point for vacationers. Increasingly, more and more visitors will be driving in using an electric vehicle (EV).
Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) is dedicated to doing their part to attract visitors while also supporting clean energy. The utility donated a level two EV charger to the City of Sturgeon Bay in late summer. It is a dual ChargePoint charger and can be found in the Market Square parking lot by City Hall. The charger’s design allows two vehicles to use it at the same time.
Purchased for $10,140, SBU was reimbursed for $5,000 of the cost by their not-for-profit, wholesale power provider WPPI Energy as part of their EV Technology Initiative.
Installed in late summer, the charger is already in use and making a difference in helping the environment. Over the past month, the charger dispensed 160 kWh of electricity. At $0.10 per kWh, the total cost of electricity so far is $16. However, this resulted in the avoidance of 67 kg of greenhouse gas emissions — the equivalent of planting two trees and letting them grow for ten years!
Local businesses are also likely to benefit from the new EV charger. The average charge length is two hours and 18 minutes. Because the charger is located right downtown in Sturgeon Bay, users are within walking distance to the waterfront parks, shopping, and dining.
“We are really excited to bring this new technology to Sturgeon Bay,” stated Jim Stawicki, General Manager of SBU. “People are already using the charger, and we expect it’s usage to increase in the coming years.”
Other EV chargers can be found at Crossroads at Big Creek and Destination Door County in Sturgeon Bay.
Sturgeon Bay Utilities is a locally owned, not-for-profit utility serving homes and businesses in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The utility is a member-owner of wholesale power supplier WPPI Energy. To learn more, visit sbunet.com.