South Shore Clean Cities, NIPSCO launch public electric vehicle charging station program

Project Plug-IN to provide support for local projects

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ST. JOHN, INDIANA — South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. is partnering with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) to deploy new Level 2, publicly accessible charging stations throughout the NIPSCO electric territory, the partners announced July 18.

South Shore Clean Cities will work with eligible governments, schools, community colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations within NIPSCO’s electric service territory to apply for funding through the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Program’s request for proposals for Level 2 charging stations, as administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The grant proposals are due Sept. 23, 2020.

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The Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund grant program is offering governmental entities up to $9,000 with a 90% match reimbursement and nonprofit organizations up to $8,000 with an 80% match reimbursement for public Level 2 charging stations.

NIPSCO is pledging a cash match of up to $500 for each successful grant application submitted that meets eligible criteria.

“NIPSCO is proud to be partnering with South Shore Clean Cities to support new charging stations across our service area,” Kevin Kirkham, NIPSCO New Business Manager, said. “We are looking forward to helping our customers make environmentally-focused decisions while making it easier to help get them where they need to go.”

Project Plug-IN is a voluntary pilot program presented by South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. in collaboration with NIPSCO and in partnership with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) and the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG).

“South Shore Clean Cities is thrilled to work with our member NIPSCO and our partners at NIRPC and MACOG to support the addition of public Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in Northwest and Northern Indiana,” Carl Lisek, South Shore Clean Cities Executive Director, said. “We are looking forward to transformative projects that reduce dependence on petroleum, improve air quality, support the local economy and enhance the overall quality of life for those who live, work and play in our communities.”

Eligible applicants must be NIPSCO electric customers and Northern Indiana Green Fleet Program members in good standing. Only public and nonprofit entities are eligible for this funding opportunity. No businesses will be considered. Applicants must work with South Shore Clean Cities to submit a proposal and comply with all terms and conditions outlined in the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Program’s request for proposals for charging station funding.

The applicants must also intend to operate the Level 2 charging station at the listed service address in the application for the useful life of the station and must pledge a minimum of 5% cost-share for the project.

Only new, wall- or pedestal-mounted projects involving Level 2 (240-volt) charging stations with SAE J1772 with two standard Level 2 connector plugs at each location will be considered. Charging stations that are portable, resold, rebuilt or received from warranty insurance claims are not eligible for rebates. The equipment must be certified by Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL listed) or approved by South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. The addition of physical signage for easy identification of charging station locations must be included in the project plans as well.

Applications are not a guarantee of program acceptance or rebate payment. Completed applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program team at South Shore Clean Cities at [email protected] or (219) 644-3690 to apply and with any questions. All applicants to the Project Plug-IN program are due to South Shore Clean Cities by end of business on Sept. 9, 2020.

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