Nexant Supports Pacific Power in Electric Vehicle Grant Project as Third Party Evaluator

Feb 27, 2019

Grants Available for California, Oregon, and Washington Pacific Power Non-Residential Customers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Feb. 28, 2019 -  Nexant is evaluating grant applications for electric vehicle (EV) charger projects at public, commercial, and industrial facilities in Pacific Power's California, Oregon, and Washington service areas. In a short 4-week turnaround in late 2018, Nexant partnered with Pacific Power to develop a custom grant review process based on Pacific Power's priorities, program eligibility requirements, and Nexant's experience with electric vehicle supply equipment.

Starting in January 2019, Nexant’s team evaluated grant applications submitted by Pacific Power non-residential customers in Oregon during the Q4, 2018 solicitation period. Nexant will continue to manage the process throughout 2019 as additional grant cycles open to Pacific Power non-residential customers. Pacific Power approved six projects with a combined charging capacity of 227.4 kW from Level II chargers such as Blink, Tesla, and ChargePoint. Funding awards will cover up to 100 percent of the eligible costs to purchase and install charging stations. For an example of the types of projects these grants enable, see the Hacienda CDC Car Sharing Pilot. Projects were approved at a variety of facility types including a museum, hospital, visitor center, art gallery, library, hardware store, and general commercial offices.

The applications were evaluated on 25 sub-criteria under seven general criteria categories including the following:

  • value proposition to the utility

  • regulator requirements

  • equitable and reasonable use of funds

  • matches the purpose and intent of grant funding

  • beneficial to the community, environment, and general education

  • usefulness and accessibility of charger data.

Nexant uses a continuous improvement process to recommend application requirements, score criteria, further develop grant scoring rubric and weighting, increase client involvement, and ensure compliance with eligibility rules. Keeping customer service in mind, Nexant helped refine and streamline the grant application process to make it more accessible for Pacific Power non-residential customers.

Congratulations to the grant awardees!

  • High Desert Museum – Bend, Ore. (public charging / 6 ports)

  • City of Roseburg – Roseburg, Ore. (public charging / 8 ports)

  • Farr True Value – Coos Bay, Ore. (public charging / 2 ports)

  • Bay Area Hospital – Coos Bay, Ore. (public charging / 2 ports)

  • KDP Certified Public Accountants – Medford, Ore. (workplace charging / 4 ports)

  • White Oak Medical Clinic – Roseburg, Ore. (workplace charging / 6 ports)

“We are excited and honored to do this customer-centric work for our client that utilizes our technical and business expertise with EVs,” said Lonny Peet, a Senior Engineering Manager at Nexant. Nexant services electric vehicle programs for multiple utility clients such as Salt River Project, San Diego Gas & Electric, and has published electric vehicle forecasting reports for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

“The grants are designed to enable charging infrastructure projects that wouldn’t otherwise be built in communities currently underserved by charging options,” said Eva DeCesaro, senior product manager for Pacific Power. “Projects like this are working to meet drivers’ increasing demands for sustainable energy practices at a local level.”

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington, and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.9 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube pages, which can be accessed viaPacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington, and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.9 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.

 

About Nexant

Nexant is a premier provider of technology enabled solutions to the Utility and Energy Industry focused on the next generation intelligent grid, distributed energy resources, and the digital customer experience. Operating from 20 offices in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Asia, the company's team of industry professionals has completed more than 5,000 engagements in over 70 countries. Nexant’s clients include over 200 utility and software services customers, and over 300 chemical and petroleum majors, financial institutions, and Fortune 500 companies. Learn more at nexant.com.