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[network] NIPSCO launching second phase of electric vehicle charging stations

HOBART | Public entities interested in adding electric vehicle charging stations to their properties can apply for them through a NIPSCO program announced Tuesday.

“We want the market to decide where these charging stations are going to go,” said Kevin Kirkham, manager of business development for NIPSCO, adding the public stations will “reduce range anxiety for EV owners.”

Kirkham announced the project at Tuesday’s South Shore Clean Cities’ annual meeting at Avalon Manor in Hobart. NIPSCO is offering $1 million in incentives to universities, apartment complexes, government/public agencies, major transportation corridors and commercial/retail establishments interested in the charging stations.

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NIPSCO launching second phase of electric vehicle charging stations

HOBART | Public entities interested in adding electric vehicle charging stations to their properties can apply for them through a NIPSCO program announced Tuesday.

“We want the market to decide where these charging stations are going to go,” said Kevin Kirkham, manager of business development for NIPSCO, adding the public stations will “reduce range anxiety for EV owners.”

Kirkham announced the project at Tuesday’s South Shore Clean Cities’ annual meeting at Avalon Manor in Hobart. NIPSCO is offering $1 million in incentives to universities, apartment complexes, government/public agencies, major transportation corridors and commercial/retail establishments interested in the charging stations.

Kirkham said 10 charging stations will be added to the region. The move is the second phase in a program launched in 2012 that provides residential charging stations for the first 250 customers who signed up with financial incentives.

To date, 103 customers have signed on for the residential program. Kirkham said NIPSCO expected to fill all 250 spots by January 2015.

Public entities can apply for two types of stations, one that provides 10 to 20 miles of charge in one hour or one that provides 60 to 80 miles of charge in 20 minutes.

The stations will operate free of charge to the owner, which can decide to attach a fee for charging.

South Shore Clean Cities, which administers the home charging program, also will administer the public charging program.

South Shore Clean Cities is a Merrillville-based public/private partnership aimed at promoting the use of clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies while reducing dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels in Northwest Indiana.

At the group’s annual meeting Tuesday, Executive Director Carl Lisek told the more than 300 people in attendance that the nation had its lowest dependence on foreign oil in 2013 since 1991. SSCC had its greatest reduction in petroleum use locally in 2013 as well.

Lisek hopes to reduce the use by another 20 percent in 2014.

Entities interested in applying for the program may do so starting Wednesday at www.nipsco.com/incharge.

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Lorrie Lisek is president of the Merrillville-based company, which provides services to clients aiming to implement environmentally friendly initiatives.

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