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Funds available for public, workplace EV charging stations in Lincoln area

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy recently announced the availability of approximately $1.2 million in funds allocated to Nebraska under the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust for State Beneficiaries, which is part of the court settlement of Volkswagen emissions violations from 2009-15. The purpose of this funding is to encourage adoption of electric vehicles as a means of reducing air pollution.

Applications are being accepted by NDEE until 5 p.m., Nov. 15, 2019, on rebates for publicly available electric vehicle charging stations in Nebraska, and Lincoln Electric System is offering additional matching funds for LES business and organizational customers.

Noting a deficiency in the number of EV charging stations serving the Lincoln area, LES is offering additional funds to further incentivize local organizations to accommodate and encourage more EV adoption among their employees, customers and friends.

Funding will provide partial reimbursement of the cost of the purchase, installation and maintenance of Level 2 and Direct Current, or DC, Fast Charging equipment at locations where the public will see the greatest benefits, such as highway corridors and community, commercial or workplace locations. Eligible applicants include businesses, government agencies, public utilities, metropolitan planning organizations and nonprofit organizations.

As Lincoln’s public power utility, LES is focused on supporting local businesses in making the best choices possible when it comes to their energy use. Through financial and high-level consultative assistance, LES is helping the Lincoln area prepare for a plug-in future. “The NDEE grant and LES incentive provide an opportunity for businesses and organizations to more affordably offer an amenity to a relatively small but growing number of plug-in drivers,” said Marc Shkolnick, manager of Energy Services. “Providing a place for electric vehicles to charge also demonstrates a commitment to a cleaner environment.”

For LES matching grant approval, customers must officially request a match from the utility by submitting a letter of request prior to applying to NDEE. While completing the NDEE application, applicants will need to include Lincoln Electric System as a “Community or Private Partner.” Once completed, businesses or organizations must provide LES a copy of the grant request application.

To receive NDEE funds, each approved rebate recipient will pay all project costs and submit a reimbursement request to NDEE including proof that project invoices have been paid and project work has been completed. NDEE will provide 80% reimbursement for each DC Fast Charging Station and 50% reimbursement for each Level 2 Charging Station. Customers participating in the matching grant will split the remainder of costs with LES, receiving an additional 10% reimbursement for each DC Fast Charging Station and 25% for each Level 2 Charging Station.

Customers taking advantage of the LES matching grant also allow an LES logo to be displayed with their corporate logo on installed charging equipment and periodic access to aggregate charging data for analysis. All applications submitted by the 5 p.m. Nov. 15 deadline will be reviewed and scored by a scoring committee, and applicants will receive a funding decision on or before Jan. 3, 2020.

Download NDEE’s 2019 Electric Vehicle Charging Rebate Program details and application at http://deq.ne.gov/publica.nsf/pages/19-011.

NDEE will present an informational webinar in September on this rebate program and its requirements. Details will be posted at http://dee.ne.gov. For more information about qualifying for additional funds through the LES matching fund, please contact EV@LES.com.