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Volta Enters Ten-Year Agreement with Chicago’s United Center to Bring Free EV Charging to Largest Arena in the United States

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Volta Charging, the leader in free electric vehicle charging, today announced a ten-year agreement to deploy EV charging stations near the South and East entrances of the United Center in Chicago, launching in October 2017.

Through Volta’s nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations, the largest indoor arena in the U.S. and home of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, will offer visitors free charging facilities, supporting the center’s mission to reduce its environmental impact.

“Volta is thrilled to become United Center’s free EV charging provider. These stations will channel sponsorships into a force for good and show millions of fans that Chicago is driving forward into its electric future,” said Scott Mercer, CEO of Volta Charging.

Four open-access universal charging stations will be installed, operated and maintained at no cost to the center or its patrons through Volta’s sponsored network model. The stations will be equipped with digital-hybrid displays and placed in prime locations near venue entrances to ensure sponsor messages reach audiences, while facilitating easy access for drivers.

Earlier this year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order committing to the guidelines put forth in the Paris climate agreement, pledging to reduce 26-28% greenhouse gas by 2025. As city departments find ways to reduce emissions, United Center is showing its support and raising awareness about its own commitment to sustainability through its partnership with Volta.

“With over 2.5 million visitors annually, we are excited to be partnering with Volta to bring its stations to our arena and provide visitors with a convenient and easy way to charge their vehicles,” said Joe Myra, who is the VP of Business Affairs, United Center. “Volta’s model aligns perfectly with our plan to work towards sustainability and enables our patrons to take a personal stake in a viable future.”

Since its founding 2010, Volta has delivered over 15 million electric miles and saved 136,000 gallons of gas, while offsetting 6.6 million pounds of CO2. It creates four times the usage per-port of the average charging network.

Read the full release here.

Lightning to Participate in ‘Go Green Sports Night’ for Home Opener

By TampaBayLightning.com

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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced details for ‘Go Green Sports Night’ for the team’s home opener against the Florida Panthers this evening at AMALIE Arena. The Bolts will participate in the Green Sports Alliance’s special night, which entails spreading the word about the efforts athletes, fans and organizations are making to lessen their footprint on our planet.

Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, LLC (TBSE), which manages and operates AMALIE Arena, has seen positive financial and environmental impacts since implementing Shift Energy’s Energy Optimization Software (EOS). EOS integrated easily with existing infrastructure inside the arena and their event management software (eventbookings.com), allowing TBSE to simplify and enhance day-to-day operations while customizing the system to Tampa Bay’s unique exterior conditions.

TBSE is reporting an energy cost reduction of 14%, a consumption reduction of nearly 1,500,000 kWh, and demand (kW) cost reduction of 15% and 1,100 tons CO2 saved following the deployment of EOS. Across the spectrum, the EOS system outperformed payback expectations for the facility operators.

Read the release here.

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