Omaha Public Power District is taking its electric vehicle (EV) research further with the launch of a new pilot, designed to educate customers on the technology, while also providing incentives for the purchase of certain home charging stations and EVs.
Only about 600 EVs are currently registered in Nebraska. Half of those are within OPPD’s service territory. With improving technology and pricing, the EV market is poised for growth. By educating customers, as well as connecting them with purchase incentives, the utility will gather more data to determine how best to integrate increased EV technology into OPPD’s electric system. OPPD is partnering with the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) in this effort.
The pilot, now underway, consists of two main components – rebates and education.
Rebates for EVs and ChargePoint Home™ charging stations
OPPD will distribute two levels of rebates to customers, including:
- $4,500 rebates toward the purchase of both a new EV (only available for vehicles registered in Douglas County) and a ChargePoint Home™ charging station
- $500 rebates to customers who purchase ChargePoint Home™ charging stations for their homes via oppd.com/EVRebates
Approximately $200,000 in EV rebates and $75,000 in ChargePoint Home™ charging stations are available. This funding was provided to NCEA through the *Nebraska Environmental Trust. OPPD provided an additional $75,000 in funding for the ChargePoint Home™ charging station rebates.
Rebates offered as part of this pilot will be available to customers on a first come, first served basis until the funding runs out.
OPPD will also work to educate customers on financial incentives available to them when they purchase a new EV. These include:
- $3,000 incentive at participating Nissan dealerships towards the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf®
- Up to $7,500 federal tax credit (depending on the manufacturer)
Tracking EV data
Sharing data with OPPD and NCEA is a rebate condition under OPPD’s pilot. This data will remain confidential. It will be used to help OPPD prepare for scaled electric vehicle charging and for NCEA to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of electrified transportation.
In recent years, OPPD has incorporated nearly 50 EVs and hybrids into its own vehicle fleet, along with several EV chargers, and continuously evaluates their performance on a number of levels.
Throughout OPPD’s pilot and beyond, the district will track and monitor impacts to its distribution system for use in grid planning. It will also develop a plan for managing those impacts. For more information, visit oppd.com/EVRebates, which will be continuously updated to reflect the amount of funding still available to customers.
Separate from the EV pilot, OPPD has plans to install a mid-range (Level 2) charger for public use outside of its Energy Plaza headquarters, 444 south 16 St., in Omaha. More information will be provided as plans move forward.
Read more about this pilot and OPPD’s EV efforts on The Wire.
*The Nebraska legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $289 million in grants to over 2,000 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.