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Learn about LES’ Electric Vehicle Study at Aug. 16 public meeting

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System is hosting a public meeting for customers interested in joining its new electric vehicle study 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Walter A. Canney Service Center (2620 Fairfield St.). 

The new study, announced at the July meeting of the LES Administrative Board, follows up on one of the key takeaways from the utility’s 2017 Integrated Resource Plan. The two-year study will help Lincoln’s electric provider explore what a future with more electric vehicles in the area would look like, including impacts of widespread electric vehicle charging and how it would affect the demand on the local electric system. 

“Our new electric vehicle study is going to help LES stay ahead of our service territory’s electric needs,” said Scott Benson, LES manager of resource and transmission planning. “We’re interested in gathering data that will help us paint a clearer picture of a future with more EVs, and we need customers to help us with this grassroots study.”

LES is partnering with FleetCarma, a leader in data collection of electric vehicle fleets, to enroll electric vehicle drivers in the study. LES customers who own or lease an all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle are eligible to join the study, and they can earn incentives at the beginning and end of their participation. Approved participants will receive a $25 bill credit in November when LES begins collecting data via the FleetCarma device, which plugs into their car’s onboard diagnostic port. At the end of the two-year study, the participant will receive another $25 bill credit for returning the device to LES. Participants can also access their personal charging and trip data — including their carbon footprint and battery power capacity — online for the duration of the study.

“Teaming up with FleetCarma allows us to gather reliable data and keep customers’ information safe and secure throughout the entire process,” said Marc Shkolnick, LES manager of energy services. “We’ll be measuring everything from charging habits to how it impacts the grid, but individual driving statistics will be available to customers in their own private, online dashboard.”

All data will only be used by LES and FleetCarma for the purposes of running the study. Any personally identifiable information will not be made public or shared with any other organizations, and all data will be anonymized by FleetCarma before being turned over to LES.

Customers interested in applying to be part of the study, can learn how to sign up here.