By Ben Carron
Ben Carron is Senior Manager of Distributed Energy Solution Growth Initiatives at Enel. He is leading Enel’s effort to develop solar and storage project opportunities with customers planning to install electric vehicle infrastructure, from public charging charge point operators to business fleets.
The transportation sector is the United States’ largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for 27% of emissions. Transitioning America’s gas-powered cars to electric vehicles (EVs) is an important step toward reducing emissions – and a robust network of public chargers is a prerequisite to support this transition. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program, which authorizes $5 billion to support the installation of public EV fast charging stations along highways to make finding a charge as easy as filling up at a gas station.
In this blog, we go into further detail about unlocking the EV charging infrastructure funds through NEVI and additional considerations for managing the energy spikes associated with the energy demands of EV charging. We also discuss how an energy partner can help streamline the application and development process for your organization. Organizations should be aware upfront that if you are an eligible site host, there may be opportunities to secure EV chargers for free and for the NEVI application process to be managed on your behalf.
An Overview of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program
The NEVI program directly supports the transition to cleaner transportation options by building a strong nationwide backbone of public EV fast chargers. NEVI is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), which provides $5 billion from 2022 to 2026 – with $1 billion available each year – to support the installation, operation and maintenance (O&M) of EV charging infrastructure. The program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality, with significant health benefits for communities nationwide.
According to a set formula, NEVI allocates funding to the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Under the formula, each state and territory receive a share of NEVI program funding equal to its share of the combined amount that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) distributes in federal and territory-specific highway program funding. The first year of NEVI funding for all applicants was approved in late September 2022, with funding estimates currently available from 2023 to 2026. See the figure below for each state and territory’s approved 2022 NEVI allocations.