Louisiana May Get $75M To Build Electric Car Charging Stations
The Center for Sustainable Energy(CSE), an independent none-profit, is going to help Louisiana Clean Fuels develop a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure plan. The funding would come from the Biden/ Harris administrations federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This plan would use CSE’s Caret software to determine how many and what types of charging stations the state would need , including where to put them. Louisiana Clean Fuels, Ann Vail said
“We are looking forward to working with the Center for Sustainable Energy to make the most of this unprecedented investment in our fueling infrastructure. Louisiana and our coalition can lead the nation by developing a smart, effective and forward-looking plan to decarbonize our transportation systems.”
If all goes as planned Louisiana could receive roughly $75 million to make it happen. The state would then have five years to construct the public charging stations, which would be built throughout the state in rural areas and along highway corridors. Louisiana Clean Fuels is currently developing a plan to submit by Aug. 1, that will outline how the state plans to use the money. This is where the CSE’s Caret software comes in, because it can forecast where the need for public EV charging stations in the state are. In addition, the software could pinpoint those locations, collect data like demographics, utility infrastructure, existing EV charging and recommend the types and amounts of EV charging stations that need to be installed at each location. Zach Henkin, CSE Director of EV Program Research,
“We are excited to work with Louisiana Clean Fuels to prioritize the state’s EV charging needs and pinpoint just the right locations for chargers. With community engagement and data-driven planning, we can determine optimal sites near heavily traveled roadways and commercial areas while prioritizing EV charging access for residents of low-income communities and multi-unit housing.”
The goal of this plan is to make EV charging stations readily accessible to the public and advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security to diversify. Another reason is obviously to help reduce air pollution that harms us all and carbon emissions that contribute to climate change impacts such as rising sea levels and more frequent and intense extreme weather.
The Center for Sustainable Energy is transforming markets for clean transportation and distributed energy through software-enabled program design and administration. CSE has administered over $2 billion in cutting-edge programs for governments, utilities and the private sector across the U.S. CSE’s independence and data-driven approach have made it a trusted resource and partner for over 25 years.