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Idaho Posts Priority Electric Vehicle Charging Routes & Funding Eligibility Criteria

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, May 7, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

On May 2nd the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) posted the final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (Plan).  The Plan summarizes how Idaho will distribute the mitigation funds among the various eligible mitigation actions to reduce excess emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOX).

The Plan outlines how Idaho is choosing to set aside 15% of the funds (approximately $2.8 million), as allowed by the Trust, to establish a comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), known as the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Program (EVSE Program).  Idaho estimates that each charging station will result in a reduction of about 12 tons of NOx over the life of the station, resulting in an estimated reduction of about 360 tons of NOx.

The EVSE Program will be managed by the Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources (OEMR) in coordination with Idaho stakeholders and industry. OEMR will accept applications for participating in the program, screen applications utilizing a selection committee, and ultimately recommend charging locations for funding to DEQ. Funds for EVSE will be available statewide, with an emphasis on priority areas along identified fuel corridor routes (see Figure 7 in the Plan). The Idaho corridors were selected in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, and the routes were selected based on connectivity within the state and with bordering states. Four of the routes identified on the map are a continuation of routes selected by neighboring states.

As indicated in the Plan, the DEQ will develop a statewide evaluation and selection process. In coordination with an interagency working group comprised of the Idaho Transportation Department, the Division of Purchasing, and OEMR, the DEQ will evaluate projects against the evaluation criteria, as well as evaluate each project against other project submissions to determine funding recommendations. At this time, there are no plans for stakeholder and/or public input into the funding decision process beyond the Plan.

The DEQ is working to complete the Application Package by late summer of 2018, and then open up an application period once the package is complete.  DEQ currently expects a limited application period, followed by an application review/scoring period before making funding decisions for the first year funding. 

Those interested in hosting EVSE should inquire with OEMR about the application process. The EVSE Program applications will be accepted from individual entities interested in undertaking the  responsibilities of hosting an installation. Additionally, joint applications from entities and utility companies will be accepted. Entities may submit applications for multiple locations within the state, but each site will be evaluated independently. 

 

 

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