Minnesota utility offers free wind energy upgrade for EV drivers

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Several electric utilities around the world offer customers the ability to buy energy generated solely from renewable sources. Minnesota’s Great River Energy has gone a step further, letting EV-driving customers choose wind-generated energy at no additional cost.

“Our Revolt program allows consumers to further support the use of renewable energy. We are dedicating wind energy to completely cover the electricity that a consumer uses to fuel an electric vehicle for the vehicle’s lifetime,” said Revolt Program Manager David Ranallo. “We’re thrilled to offer this innovative program and hope it acts as a spark to ignite awareness around electric vehicles in Minnesota.”

To be eligible for Revolt, a Great River member must own or lease an EV or PHEV. A household can enroll up to four vehicles in the program. Standard or off-peak rates for electricity apply.

“Electric vehicle owners are already some of the happiest drivers on the planet because they know they’re making a positive impact on the environment,” said Jukka Kukkonen of Minnesota consulting firm PlugInConnect. “The Revolt program adds an innovative element by powering the vehicles completely from wind energy, which I see only bolstering the satisfaction of owning an electric vehicle.”

“There has never been so much innovation going in to producing vehicles that are faster, safer, cleaner, and cheaper and easier to maintain,” said Michael Noble, Executive Director of nonprofit Fresh Energy. “Refueling with renewable electricity is a great vision for Great River Energy to advance and is ready to become more common than fueling with gasoline within the next 20 years.”

 

Source: Great River Energy