The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is coming, if not already here, and as NREL noted, some big steps need to be taken to accommodate this new reality. Steps like this will help: Ameren Missouri has filed its Charge Ahead program with the Missouri Public Service Commission that would encourages EV and equipment use among Missouri residents and businesses, along with some other energy efficient measures. If approved, the program would initiate the following:
• New incentives for the installation of workplace, multifamily, and public EV charging stations, as well as fast-charging EV stations near interstate highways
• Incentives for commercial customers transitioning to efficient electric machinery, such as forklifts and other material-handling equipment
• Improved energy-grid accessibility and reliability through a revised line-extension policy
“Our Charge Ahead program is designed with Missouri’s future in mind by eliminating the barriers for EV charging and promoting the use of more efficient and cleaner electric equipment in commercial settings and on our roads,” said Michael Moehn, president, Ameren Missouri. “At the same time, the program will help provide lower costs to customers, improve air quality by reducing emissions and help promote economic growth by ensuring Missouri maintains a competitive business environment.”
In 2017, Ameren Missouri announced a $1 billion investment in alternative energy sources. This investment will include building wind turbines in Missouri and surrounding states and result in the generation of 700 megawatts of wind-generated power by 2020. The company also plans to add 100 megawatts of solar-generated power over the next 10 years, with 50 megawatts expected to come on line by 2025. This is Ameren Missouri’s largest-ever commitment to clean, renewable energy.
In addition to increasing access to EV charging stations, the Charge Ahead program will offer numerous incentives for Ameren Missouri’s commercial customers transitioning to electric equipment. It also allows for a revision in Ameren Missouri’s line-extension policy, which will make accessing and connecting to the electric grid easier and more affordable for commercial and industrial customers.