Central Maine Power Offers New Round of Electric-Vehicle Grants


Non-profits offered matching grants for vehicles and chargers  



AUGUSTA, Maine, June 27, 2017   Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), is launching a new phase in its Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Grant Program. The utility will offer selected non-profit organizations matching funds to support the lease or purchase of eligible vehicles or the purchase and installation of a Level 2 or 3 charging station.

This marks the fourth year that CMP has offered grants for PEVs and charging infrastructure. The utility's programs have helped 18 non-profit organizations and small businesses to obtain PEVs and have added charging infrastructure throughout central and southern Maine. That charging equipment includes DC quick chargers for the public's use at the Fore Street parking garage in Portland and the South Portland Community Center, along with the recently unveiled charging stations at the Maine State House garage. Since 2013, CMP and the Avangrid Foundation have donated an estimated $250,000 for PEVs and charging infrastructure throughout Maine.

"Our own fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles in Maine includes passenger cars and bucket trucks, and will grow further with the addition of new, all-electric Chevy Bolts later this year, said CMP President and CEO Sara J. Burns. This is part of a commitment our parent company, AVANGRID, has made to spend at least five percent of its annual fleet acquisition budget on plug-in electric vehicles and equipment."

A limited number of grants are available. To qualify, non-profit organizations must be located and/or operating within CMP's service territory. Vehicles must have electric propulsion (either part- or full-time), plug-in battery charging, and be commercially available. Customized cars, home-made vehicles, or prototypes are not eligible. Visit https://www.cmpco.com/electricvehicles/grant_program_details.html for a complete list of requirements.

Organizations that wish to participate in CMP's PEV Grant Program must apply online at www.cmpco.com/electricvehicles/grant_application_2017.html or download the application to complete and mail to: John Gaudet, Public Affairs Department, CMP, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336. Completed applications and questions can also be submitted via e-mail to John.GaudetJr@cmpco.com. Deadline for applications is July 30, 2017. CMP will review all requests and will contact applicants by mail with a decision.

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Greater Portland Council of Governments Executive Director Kristina Egan, left, and CMP President and CEO Sara J. Burns, right, celebrate the installation of a plug-in electric vehicle charging station at the Maine State House on June 16. The station was funded with a grant from the Avangrid Foundation, the charitable arm of CMP parent company AVANGRID.


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About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $31 billion in assets and operations in 27 states. The company owns regulated utilities and electricity generation assets through two primary lines of business, Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks is comprised of eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving approximately 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates more than 6 gigawatts of owned and controlled renewable generation capacity, primarily through wind and solar, in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,800 people. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.


About CMP: Central Maine Power Company (CMP) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR). As Maine's largest electricity transmission and distribution utility, CMP serves 619,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine's customer base. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.


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Gail Rice
Central Maine Power
207.622.NEWS (207.622.6397)