US utility Ameren Missouri has filed a proposal with the Missouri Public Service Commission to increase electric vehicles (EVs) charging infrastructure in its service territory.
The utility is proposing to implement its Charge Ahead programme.
The initiative will encourage consumers to use EVs and improve energy efficiency to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. To date, Ameren has installed 80 vehicle charging stations at its campus locations.
Under the programme, Ameren Missouri wants to provide:
- New incentives for the installation of workplace, multi-family, 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
The Charge Ahead programme will help Missouri achieve goals set under the state’s clean energy policy. Under efforts to meet recommendations set under the policy, Ameren Missouri has in 2017 set aside $1 billion in investment towards alternative energy sources.
The $1 billion will fund the connection of 700MW of wind capacity by 2020 and 100MW of solar energy over the next ten years.
Michael Moehn, president, Ameren Missouri commented: "Our Charge Ahead programme 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.
“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."
Steve Wills, director, rates and analysis, Ameren Missouri, added: "Today, the quantity and quality of efficient electric equipment options available for use in commercial settings is impressive.
"We want to help our commercial and industrial customers transition to this type of equipment because it makes good financial sense, and it's better for the environment."