Central Maine Power Offers New Round of Electric-Vehicle Grants

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April 20, 2015


Central Maine Power Offers New Round of Electric-Vehicle Grants

Non-profits offered matching grants for vehicles and chargers


AUGUSTA, Maine Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is launching a new phase in its Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Grant Program. The utility will offer selected non-profit organizations matching funds of up to $5,000 to support the lease or purchase of eligible vehicles or $2,500 toward the purchase and installation of a Level 2 or 3 charging station.

This marks the third consecutive year that CMP has offered grants for PEVs and charging infrastructure. The utility's programs have helped to put 18 PEVs on the road throughout central and southern Maine and have added charging infrastructure in Greater Portland. That charging equipment includes DC quick chargers for the public's use at the Fore Street parking garage and the South Portland Community Center. (A complete list of grant recipients is below).


Our efforts to encourage more widespread use of hybrid and electric cars in Maine started with our own fleet, said CMP President and CEO Sara J. Burns. These vehicles have worked out so well for us and our affiliates that our parent company, Iberdrola USA, has committed to spend at least five percent of its annual fleet acquisition budget on plug-in electric vehicles and equipment.

A limited number of grants are available. To qualify, non-profit organizations must be located and/or operating within CMP's service territory. Vehicles must have electric propulsion (either part- or full-time), plug-in battery charging, and be commercially available. Customized cars, home-made vehicles, or prototypes are not eligible. 
Organizations that wish to participate in CMP's PEV Grant Program must apply online download the application to complete and mail to: Shelley Morris, Public Affairs Department, CMP, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336. CMP will review all requests and will contact applicants by mail with a decision.


Following is a list of CMP PEV program grant recipients:


Bard Coffee
Bowdoin College
Chewonki Foundation
City of Portland
Colby College
Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine
Fresh Air Ventilation Systems
Greater Portland Council of Governments
Green Clean Maine
Maine Energy Education Program
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Portland House of Pizza
Sunrise Guide
Tilson Technology
Town of Scarborough
Town of Standish


PEV chargers:
East Brown Cow (Fore St. Garage)
Hannaford (Corporate Office)
Town of South Portland



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Jennifer Puser Brennan of the Greater Portland Council of Governments shows off the Nissan Leaf GPCOG leased through CMP's PEV grant program.

The City of South Portland purchased this DC Quick Charger from Nissan with help from CMP's PEV grant program. The charger at the South Portland Community Center is available for public use.




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About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine's largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine's annual consumer sales of electricity. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA is the U.S. subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A. The Iberdrola USA companies employ about 5,000 people with operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast, providing electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas storage and distribution, and energy services. For more information, please visit our website: www.iberdrolausa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @IberdrolaUSA  




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