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NIPSCO offers incentives for electric vehicle charge stations to businesses

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The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), in partnership with South Shore Clean Cities, is expanding opportunities for alternative fuel, through the launch of a public charging station incentive program.

The NIPSCO IN-Charge Around Town Electric Vehicle Program aims to make it easier and more affordable for businesses and organizations to install public charging infrastructure.

IN-Charge Around Town offers incentives to help with the up-front costs of public charging stations, in addition to installation costs and software subscriptions.

There are two levels of benefits available:

* Level II: up to two ChargePoint 4000 series charging stations at 50 percent of the cost or up to $3,000, with a two-year software package.

* Level III (DC Fast Charging: equipment and installation at 50 percent of the cost or up to $37,500, with the same two-year software package.

The pilot program is available to NIPSCO commercial/industrial electric customers across Northern Indiana through January 31, 2015.

For every unit of electricity used by IN-Charge Around Town charging stations during the pilot program, NIPSCO will buy an equivalent amount of renewable energy certificates (RECs), the company said. “RECs are the environmental attributes associated with electricity that is generated from renewable sources, such as wind power.”

The IN-Charge Around Town initiative is the second alternative fuel program launched by NIPSCO in the past two years. In 2012, the company began offering home charging station incentives, under which participants receive an instant credit of up to $1,650 toward the installation of a residential electric vehicle Level II charger, and free overnight charging.

“From offering alternative fuel incentives and green energy programs to investing in technology at our generating facilities that will improve air quality, we continue to look for new ways to improve the environment,” said Kelly Carmichael, director of environmental policy for NIPSCO. “Current and future EV drivers will benefit from an expanded charging network in the region.”

“Electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to gasoline-powered cars,” said Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities. “They offer fuel cost savings, produce no tailpipe emissions, and help reduce reliance on imported oil.”

IN-Charge Around Town is available on a first-come, first served basis until funds are exhausted. This program is being offered as part of a Supplemental Environmental Project under the NIPSCO New Source Review NOV settlement.

For information about IN-Charge Around Town, visit


Posted 2/20/2014