Nebraska utility launches electric vehicle recharging program

The number of electric vehicles in Nebraska is increasing, prompting Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to launch the Energy Wise TM Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive.

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The incentive is designed to eliminate the pressure recharging electric vehicles puts on the power distribution system. NPPD will study data on individual charging stations and use the data to implement strategies for maintaining and improving utility infrastructure.

“The data will be used to understand the impact of charging electric vehicles on the local electric system and determine our future generation needs,” Kenneth Young, NPPD sustainable strategies consultant, said.

Electric vehicle owners living in NPPD’s service area or NPPD’s wholesale customers can apply. Drivers must purchase, install and activate a ChargePoint 240V 32A WIFI connected charging station.

The charging systems can be purchased from Electric Transportation Partners in Lincoln and cost either $649 or $749, depending on the model.

Drivers must then submit an application to NPPD. All charging stations will be inspected by NPPD to verify installation and to ensure installation meets local electrical codes and permits.

Those accepted into the program receive a $200 incentive. Data is collected by the manufacturer and released to NPPD for analysis.

The program is open to retail and wholesale customers.