New York public power utility Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently announced a new program that offers businesses incentives for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at commercial or industrial locations in the BPU electric territory.
The BPU EV Charging Equipment Program for Businesses is open to BPU Electric Service Class 2, 3 and 6 customers, including customers in the hospitality field, BPU noted.
The offering is part of the BPU’s efforts to participate in the New York State “Reforming the Energy Vision” initiative to stimulate investment in clean technologies.
Rebates are available to encourage the installation of EV chargers under the plan.
Customers are limited to $15,000 per year under the program. A customer may apply for rebates of up to four chargers per year of participation.
Rebates are for equipment only and are limited to the equipment costs. Customers are responsible for all costs associated to install the charger, including but not limited to labor, material and any applicable permits.
BPU said that chargers installed under the program must be available to the business’ customers, employees or the general public and must be in service for a minimum of five years. Chargers utilizing proprietary connectors are not eligible for rebates.
“The growth of the EV market represents an opportunity for those industrial and commercial entities, including the hospitality industry, to differentiate themselves from their competition by offering electric vehicle charging,” said BPU Energy Efficiency Coordinator Dan Reynolds.
“The availability of charging can be the deciding factor, for instance, where an EV owner plans to do business, eat a meal and stay for the night,” he said.
BPU noted that the New York State Department of Conservation has said that thirty-three percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector.
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