Electric Vehicles

NPPD launches EV charging station incentive pilot

Nebraska Public Power District on Jan. 8 unveiled details of a pilot program under which owners of electric vehicles will receive a $200 incentive if they install a charging station at their home.

NPPD and its wholesale customers are interested in what could be a potential increase in electric load by more and more electric vehicles being charged, the public power utility noted in a Jan. 8 news release, which is what led to NPPD’s “Energy Wise” electric vehicle charging station incentive.

Along with its wholesale customers, NPPD noted that it 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,” said 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.

A pilot program has been developed for owners of EVs who will receive a $200 incentive if they install a ChargePoint 240-volt 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, NPPD noted.

To become part of the incentive program, EV owners will need to complete an 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, NPPD noted. Any installation would have to meet local electrical codes and permits.

The 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.

Young also noted that information compiled from the pilot program may lead to special rates and benefits to owners of electric vehicles.

ChargePoint notes on its website that it offers charging solutions in every category EV drivers charge, at home, work, around town and on the road.

Additional details about the program are available here.