Missouri PSC approves suite of pilot programs from Every Missouri to boost EV use

Published on January 17, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

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Evergy Missouri Metro and Every Missouri West got approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to implement a suite of Transportation Electrification pilot programs designed to encourage the increased use of electric vehicles (EV).

The pilot programs – which are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2022 – include rebates to encourage the installation of charging facilities in residences. The Residential Customer EV Outlet Program offers a rebate of up to $500 to customers to purchase and install a 240V outlet and/or Level 2 charger.

“The Commission believes this proposed rebate program is appropriate as a pilot program to enable Evergy to encourage customers to adopt Level 2 charging in their homes,” Commission officials said. “It is important to remember that this is proposed to be a pilot program that will enable Evergy to learn more about its customers and their charging habits.”

In addition, there will also be a residential developer EV outlet rebate to encourage the developer community to pre-install charging infrastructure in newly constructed homes.

The pilot programs also include the Electric Transit Service pilot program for bus fleet customers. This provides a specialized rate to encourage the use of electric buses.

Further, the company got approval to expand Evergy’s Clean Charge Network to include participation in a streetlight charging project in partnership with the Metropolitan Energy Center and the City of Kansas City. This includes additional charging stations in the Evergy Missouri Metro service area for the Kansas City Streetlight Charging Project, a federal project designed to demonstrate and test the benefits of curbside charging for EVs using streetlight infrastructure.

Evergy Missouri Metro serves approximately 292,700 electric customers in the Missouri counties of Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clay, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Pettis, Platte, Randolph, and Saline. Evergy Missouri West provides electric service to approximately 347,400 customers in the Missouri counties of Andrew, Atchison, Barton, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Clay, Clinton, Dade, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Platte, Ray, St. Clair, Vernon, and Worth.