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Background: Electric vehicle charging stations are an important aspect of enabling Connecticut citizens to easily make the transition from conventional fuel-powered cars to electric vehicles. The distance that electric vehicles can travel on a single charge varies widely, from 40 miles (Chevy Volt) to over 200 miles (Tesla Roadster). Customarily, EV owners charge their cars overnight at home, but the presence of EV charging stations throughout the state will also greatly increase the appeal of owning an electric vehicle by allowing alternatives and making sure long-distance drivers are covered. The goal of EV Connecticut, the electric vehicle program run by DEEP, is to make Connecticut a “range-confident” state, meaning that regardless of a person’s location in a state, they are always within 10 minutes of an EV charging station. This requires the participation of many communities.

CT funds EV charging stations with DEEP grants ranging from $2,000-$5,000 to all municipalities interested in purchasing and installing EV charging stations. The fourth round of funding was recently completed on June 11, 2014, with the next round of funding yet to be announced.

In order to qualify for the incentive program, certain criteria must be met. These include free public access for at least three years, strategic location along major roads, appropriate signage, and ability to serve at least two vehicles at any time.

If a town clean energy task force is able to begin the process of creating a clean energy microgrid by installing a single EV charging station, then it will facilitate additional charging stations. Moreover, these charging stations offer the opportunity of attracting additional people to the town who may come to charge but stay to shop, dine or visit local amenities.

Incentive programs such as the one offered by EV Connecticut are valuable tools for municipalities that are looking to diversify their repertoire of clean energy options than can be offered to citizens. An EV charging station is a relatively small clean energy installation that can be connected to the town’s existing electricity use, yet it will reflect positively on the town’s commitment to clean energy us.

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Community Updates

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Calendar Highlights

FALL GATHERING

HIGHLIGHTS OF CT’s FALL GATHERING of clean energy task forces can be found here in our Knowledge Center’s Program Archives pages. Diane Duva (the Director of Energy Demand at DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy is pictured here) facilitating the shaping of our state’s energy future.

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Clean Energy Communities Listening Session Letter of Thanks and Follow-up

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