Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program

The transportation sector is in Maine responsible for over 50 percent of Maine’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. CMP supports technologies and grid improvements that enable us to dramatically lessen our dependence on fossil fuels and to reduce emissions. Therefore, as part of a new pilot program, we are seeking applications from qualified customers to host, purchase, install, and operate Level 2 (L2) Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers to serve electric vehicles at locations throughout our service territory. 

We will provide up to $4,000 per charging port to assist in covering the cost of the “make-ready” infrastructure needed to install Level 2 electric vehicle chargers.  Funding for up to a total of 60 charging ports is available. CMP will perform the make-ready (up front prep construction and charger service infrastructure) work up to the point of the meter or charger at the customer’s discretion including a service disconnect, underground wiring, service panel, and concrete pedestal between the customer’s existing service or a new service and the vehicle charger.  We will own the infrastructure. 

Eligible locations or uses of EV charging equipment include those open to the public as well as workplaces and multi-unit dwellings (minimum of four units) and there is a 4-port minimum required at each location. This pilot program is available to non-residential customers only.

CMP will contract the make-ready work to a single contractor and the customer can choose whether they want to have the same contractor provide and install the vehicle charger, or they can choose their own vendor. The cost of the charger and the cost of any electrical service upgrades or new service will be the responsibility of the customer.  Make-ready infrastructure costs above $4,000 will be the responsibility of the customer.

The review process for acceptance into the program will begin on October 1st, 2020 and applications will be considered on a first applied – first reviewed basis.  The program will continue until the maximum number of 60 ports are fulfilled.

Priority for selection to participate in the program will be given to customers installing networked chargers.  A full description of customer responsibilities and potential costs can be found in the Customer Service Agreement. Further information is available in our Terms and Conditions for this L2 EV Charging Station Pilot Program (link).

The actual make-ready infrastructure supplied, and therefore owned by CMP will vary by location.

Definitions:

Level 2 Charger:  Refers to the voltage that the electric vehicle charger uses (240 volts).  They can provide a variety of charging amperages and depending on the amperage and vehicle battery capacity they typically fully charge a vehicle in 4-8 hours.

Port: A port is the receptacle on the charging cord that plugs into and charges the vehicle.

Networked: Refers to a combination of EV charging equipment components and software that allows for centralized management, administration, communication, diagnostics, data collection, and potential point of sale capabilities.

Note that as an alternative to this pilot program, Efficiency Maine Trust (EMT) is offering a rebate for L2 make-ready installation. Interested customers are only eligible for one of the two programs.

Please complete the following fields for your application:

Will the chargers be networked?* (please choose one):

*Networked refers to a combination of EV charging equipment components and software that allows for centralized management, administration, communication, diagnostics, data collection, and potential point of sale capabilities.

Non-Residential Applicant Type (please choose one):

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