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Lincoln Electric System receives grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

LINCOLN — Lincoln Electric System announced that it will receive $20,200 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for their electric vehicle data collection project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting April 4, 2019, in Lincoln. This project is one of the 117 projects receiving $19,501,444 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 85 were new applications and 32 are carry-over projects. 

LES began collecting data for its two-year study, focused on charging behaviors and the associated impact on our local grid in November 2018 and will conclude in 2020. The electric utility is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Engineering to investigate customers’ charging and driving behaviors in the Lincoln area. FleetCarma, a leader in studying electric vehicle fleets, is helping facilitate the study by providing the data collection platform and anonymizing the data for customer privacy.

The study is working to reveal when and where customers charge, when and how far they travel and the energy consumed while both traveling and recharging.

“While limited plug-in electric vehicle evaluations have been conducted across the country, few if any have focused on an area like Lincoln,” said Chris Gearhart, National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center director. “Nebraska’s capital city and the surrounding areas are a snapshot of the Midwest — a midsized area that experiences the extremes of all four weather seasons. The high-quality charging and driving data collected through LES’ study will be greatly beneficial to the industry going forward.”

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $305 million in grants to over 2,200 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers or businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.

Along with the Nebraska Environmental Trust’s grant, LES was previously awarded a $46,075 grant from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Development program to help support the project.

Visit LES.com/savings-energy for more information about the electric vehicle study and follow LES, a not-for-profit public power utility, on Facebook and Twitter for study updates.