By Jodi Baker, The Wire, OPPD Blog
OPPD and the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) will co-fund and distribute $500 grants to customers who purchase Charge Point EV chargers for their home via OPPD. A website link for purchases will be available when the pilot gets underway. In addition, OPPD will work to educate customers on financial incentives available when they purchase a new EV. These are expected to include:
- $3,000 rebate at participating Nissan dealerships towards the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf
- $4,000 grant from NCEA after the purchase of a new EV (only available in Douglas County)
- Up to $7,500 federal tax credit (depending on the manufacturer)
The initiative team is presenting its findings and plans to OPPD’s Board of Directors during their May committee meetings. Read more here.
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- ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
EV Strategy: OPPD Board Committee Presentation, Aaron Smith, Director – Operations
- News Release: EV Research Strategy Presented To OPPD Board
During this week’s committee meetings for the OPPD Board of Directors, the Integrated Energy Marketplace team presented its latest EV research, including plans to announce a pilot next month. The pilot, as part of the district’s EV Strategy and Process Initiative, will include EV education for customers. It will also connect customers to financial incentives available for the purchase of certain EVs, as well as certain EV chargers, among other areas.
AMERICAN PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION
- Electric vehicles are here: are utilities ready to charge forward?
Navigant Research said in a report, prepared for the American Public Power Association, that by 2021 it conservatively projects new EV (battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) sales of more than 700,000 units in the U.S. annually. Markets saw a 37 percent increase in sales of plug-in electric vehicles in 2016 and Navigant Research expects 50 percent growth in market sales in 2017 and 2018, largely due to Tesla’s Model 3 and other longer-range, low cost battery electric vehicles coming to the market, as well as more vehicle options becoming available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
- Multi-faceted EV approaches getting closer look from states: report
Among the top electric vehicle policy trends in the first quarter of 2018 were states considering multi-faceted approaches to EVs and related infrastructure, the North Carolina Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) said in a recently released report.