Westario Power and Bruce Power partner with Brockton to ‘lead the charge’

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BROCKTON – Westario Power and Bruce Power Net Zero announced the first Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations of their Lead the Charge initiative are on track to be installed in Brockton this summer.

Jenny Alfandary, president and CEO of Westario Power, and Mike Rencheck, president and CEO of Bruce Power, were joined by Chris Peabody, mayor of Brockton, at the Walkerton Community Centre on June 13 to introduce the planned site of a Level 2 EV charging station.

Alfandary congratulated Brockton on “leading the charge,” saying that all the municipalities were contacted, and Brockton was the first to step forward.

The installation of the first of a potential three EV charging stations in Brockton is set to get underway at the community centre.

The Westario Power and Bruce Power partnership offers hands-on support and funding to municipalities in Bruce, Grey, and Huron to increase the availability of EV chargers to address growing needs.

Currently, there are only 45 accessible stations across the three counties that combined are home to more than 200,000 people.

“Our collaboration with Bruce Power and the municipality to bring EV charging stations to Brockton is another example of our commitment to community prosperity,” said Alfandary. “Through this partnership, we are living up to our mission of powering people’s lives, while also responding to climate change and supporting the transition to Net Zero.”

Rencheck commented on helping the community grow, with the EV charging station at the arena making the community more attractive. He added, “This is just a start.

“Bruce Power is pleased to partner with Westario Power and Brockton to ‘Lead the Charge’ towards a Net Zero future right here in the Clean Energy Frontier,” said Rencheck. “The Nuclear Innovation Institute’s ‘Plugging In’ report highlighted the need to improve EV access in our area and we are proud to be doing our part in making this a reality.”

The Brockton mayor thanked Rencheck for Bruce Power’s ongoing support of this community, and thanked Westario “for taking the lead in this great initiative.”

Peabody said, “I am excited about the opportunity to bring a clean energy option to Brockton, which fulfils our community’s vision of environmental integrity and progressive economic development. Council will diligently finalize plans in the weeks ahead that will allow us to get the stations up and running.”

Peabody commented that the municipality had “jumped at the opportunity to help people out … to add value to the arena,” and to provide a service people have been asking for. He noted parents of minor hockey players and other arena users have been asking about an EV charging station.

The EV station will be installed at no cost to the municipality, said Peabody, thanks to the program’s sponsors. And there’ll be no charge for the electricity for a year. After that, he said he anticipates a “user pay” system for users.

In addition to the Walkerton site, Brockton is also considering charging stations at the Elmwood Community Centre and the Cargill Community Centre.

Westario Power and Bruce Power share a commitment to offsetting carbon emissions and expanding clean energy use, as underscored in their jointly signed Memorandum of Understanding.

The Lead the Charge initiative kickstarted in Brockton delivers on this commitment and the two organizations look forward to partnering with other municipalities to make EV charging accessible for their residents and visitors.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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