Duke Energy Pumps $1.5M into EV Charging Stations
The company’s EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project is part of a settlement with the EPA and environmental groups over Duke’s alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act at some of its coal-fired power plants in North Carolina.
Duke says the project will boost the number of EV charging stations in North Carolina by 30 percent.
For EV infrastructure projects Duke will pay 100 percent up to $5,000 per charge port; $20,000 per site, or $50,000 per city under the program. It will pay 100 percent for electric bus charging infrastructure up to $250,000 per entity.
The programs are targeted to cities and towns, which include both retail and wholesale customers. Interested parties may apply, but are not obligated to proceed if selected as a recipient. The deadline to apply is Sept. 1.
The program stems from a September 2015 settlement under which Duke agreed to spend $4.4 million on environmental mitigation projects and pay a $975,000 civil penalty to resolve 15-year-old charges. The EPA alleges that Duke unlawfully modifed 13 coal-fired electricity generating units located at the Allen, Buck, Cliffside, Dan River, and Riverbend plants across North Carolina, without obtaining air permits and installing and operating the required air pollution control technologies.
Prior to reaching the settlement, Duke shut down 11 of the 13 units. Under the settlement those shutdowns became permanent. At the remaining two units, Duke must continuously operate pollution controls and meet interim emission limits before permanently retiring them. In addition, the settlement requires that Duke retire another unit at the Allen plant.
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