MANISTEE : Manistee is listed as having an amended grant for electric vehicle charging station funding through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Charge Up program.
In a news release from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer governor’s office, it stated that there were 32 locations across the state that were approved to be part of the Charge Up program with grants totaling about $1.9 million “to install fast charging stations for private and commercial electric vehicles, adding 88 charging outlets along key travel routes throughout the state.”
Manistee was grouped in the amended grants from previous rounds category with Petoskey where it was shown to have received $111,700 toward four outlets at Blarney Castle Oil.
The Charge Up Michigan program offers up to $70,000 per charging station to public or private entities in partnership with a host site and the utility that serves the area. EGLE, the grant recipient and utility each pay a third of the cost for site preparation, charger installation, connections to the electrical power grid, signage and network fees.
Since the launch of the Charge Up Michigan program, EGLE has allocated about $4 million for chargers at 76 locations with a total of 182 charging station outlets.
Each charging station has at least two outlets, allowing multiple vehicles to charge simultaneously. More than half of the approved direct current fast charger projects have been installed and are operational.
The grants were awarded in an effort to continue the build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure at key locations. The program partially funds direct current fast chargers based on a 2019 EGLE Energy Services-funded study that advocates for continuous, electric vehicle travel across Michigan with connections to high-traveled Midwest and Canadian routes.
Liesl Clark, EGLE director, said that adding the 88 chargers “with commitment from private industry, utilities and state support – builds needed infrastructure for Michigan’s mobility evolution.”
“It’s an exciting time for the driving public as we see auto manufacturers and utilities right here in Michigan embrace this move to a cleaner mobility technology,” Clark said.
“The charger installations work hand-in-hand with EGLE’s support for an advanced mobility future, Catalyst Communities program to help municipalities prepare for the impacts of climate change and the Council on Climate Solutions’ work in developing the MI Healthy Climate Plan.”
Here are the nearby charging station grants from the list:
- Traverse City Light and Power for 15 outlets totaling $173,763.03;
- Great Lakes Energy, in Scottville, for four outlets, totaling $70,000.
The grants are funded through Michigan’s allocation from the Volkswagen diesel settlement. The goal is to complete the statewide charging network by 2030.
Funding is still available, and applications are encouraged from host sites in the state.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy plans to focus on filling gaps where proposed electric vehicle charging locations are still open in the state, especially in the Upper Peninsula, to form a fast-charging loop around Lake Michigan in conjunction with other states.