East Tennessee Clean Fuels (ETCF) and industry partners have established a new program to encourage workplace charging, complete with a nifty new acronym. Equitable Mobility Powering Opportunities for Workplace Electrification Readiness (EMPOWER) will provide up to 24 Tennessee workplaces with free technical assistance and consulting to help them install EV chargers.
ETCF, which is housed within the University of Tennessee, is also partnering with local electric utilities, including the Knoxville Utilities Board, Brightridge, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Memphis Light Gas & Water and the Tennessee Valley Authority to provide additional support and technical assistance for workplace EV charging, such as helping to determine the necessary electrical infrastructure, providing guidance on installation and permitting requirements, and providing information about rate options and incentives.
As a Justice40 initiative, one of EMPOWER TN’s goals is that 40 percent of the EVSEs installed will be at workplaces with historically underserved demographics. This includes workplaces owned by women or minorities, with majority minority workforces, or with employees who live in rural, low-income or low-air-quality areas.
The East Tennessee Clean Fuels web site includes a comprehensive Workplace Charging Guide that covers everything an employer needs to get started on a workplace charging plan.
Source: East Tennessee Clean Fuels