Oregon fines electric charging company $2.7 million

Environmental regulators in Oregon have fined an electric charging company $2.7 million for selling fraudulent credits under the agency’s clean fuels program.

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality said Friday it discovered that Thompson Technical Services, or TTS Charging, had sold more than $2 million in fraudulent credits, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

The program, implemented in 2016, is designed to help the state reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector by 37% by 2035. It offers credits as incentives to companies that produce transport fuels such as electricity or biofuels. These companies can then sell credits to other companies so that they comply with the state’s issuance rules.

According to DEQ, TTS Charging falsely claimed more than 16,000 credits in June, alleging it distributed nearly 15 million kilowatt hours of electricity from three vehicle charging stations.

“They hadn’t distributed electricity, they hadn’t even installed the charging stations,” said agency spokesman Harry Esteve.

The company then sold the credits for nearly $1.8 million to Canadian-based oil and natural gas transportation company Elbow River Marketing.

The state agency revoked TTS Charging’s account with the clean fuels program. The agency ordered the company to purchase legitimate credits to replace those it falsely claimed and sold, and to pay the $2.7 million civil penalty.

Since its inception, the clean fuels program has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 7.6 million tonnes, the agency said.

TTS Charging did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story was originally published September 30, 2022 7:54 p.m.

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