COLUMBUS — Interest by consumers in electric vehicles is gaining momentum. The push for miles per gallon has been joined by the push for greater mileage per charge.
Nebraska Public Power District and its wholesale customers are interested in what could be a potential increase in electric load by more and more electric vehicles being charged. With that comes NPPD’s Energy Wise TM Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive.
Along with its wholesale customers, NPPD has a need to understand the future impact of electric vehicles charging on the electric distribution system. “Electrification of the transportation sector is expected to grow and could have a substantial impact on the electric delivery system,” explained NPPD Sustainable Strategies Consultant Kenneth Young.
NPPD wants to collect data on individual charging stations in order to better implement strategies to maintain and improve utility infrastructure.
So how will NPPD get that information? A pilot program has been developed for owners of electric vehicles who will receive a $200 incentive if they install a ChargePoint 240Volt 32A WIFI connected charging station at their home. The station will be activated with the ChargePoint app with the company supplying the data on electric use to NPPD and its wholesale customers.
To become part of the incentive program, electric vehicle owners would complete the application for the program and submit to the utility that sends their monthly bill. Verification of the installation will then be done to make sure that it meets the program criteria before any incentive is issued. Any installation would have to meet local electrical codes and permits.
This incentive program is available to NPPD retail customers and wholesale customers, such as public power districts, co-ops, and municipalities. Young explained that ChargePoint has agreed to collect and release usage data from their units to NPPD for further analysis, and by an individual signing up for the pilot program, agree to the collection of data from their charging station.
“The data will be used to understand the impact of charging electric vehicles on the local electric system and determine our future generation needs,” explained Young. The information charging will help maintain and improve future reliability of the electric distribution system. Young noted that information compiled from the pilot program may lead to special rates and benefits to owners of electric vehicles.
Requirements of the program, application, and frequently asked questions are available at www.nppd.com/save-energy/ev-charging-station.