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Update on the 2020 Volkswagon Settlement Fund

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has opened the application process for the 2020 Volkswagen Settlement Fund Vehicle Replacement Program.
The competitive application program will  provide reimbursement for a percentage of the cost of eligible vehicle or engine replacements. Eligible applicants include both government and non-government fleet owners.
To be considered for this funding cycle, completed applications must be received by March 30, 2020.
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Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 (Public Law 116-94 (PDF)) retroactively reinstates and extends several alternative fuel tax incentives. The law reinstates, effective through December 31, 2020, the following:

  • alternative fuel infrastructure tax credit
  • excise tax credit for alternative fuels and alternative fuel mixtures
  • tax credit for second generation biofuel production
  • fuel cell motor vehicle tax credit
  • special depreciation allowance for second generation biofuel plant property
  • tax credit for small agri-biodiesel production
  • tax credit for qualified two-wheeled plug-in electric-drive motor vehicles.
  • It also reinstates the income and excise tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel mixtures, effective through December 31, 2022.

FEDERAL TAX CREDIT FOR EVSE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION EXTENDED RETROACTIVELY
Previously, this federal tax credit expired on December 31, 2017, but is now retroactively extended through December 31, 2020.

The retroactive (includes 2018, 2019, and through 2020) federal tax credit for those who purchase(d) EV charging infrastructure can receive a federal tax credit of 30% of the cost of purchasing and installing an EV charging station (up to $1,000 for residential installations and up to $30,000 for commercial installations).


Collaborative offers assistance in electrifying public fleets

Climate Mayors launched the Electric Vehicle (EV) Purchasing Collaborative (Collaborative) to make public fleet electrification more simple and affordable. With the leadership and support of more than 70 cities and counties, 1,400 EVs have been committed for procurement in public fleets by the end of 2020.

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting this June, Climate Mayors will make a major announcement to highlight these leaders, and ask other municipalities to “step up” near-term commitments for procuring public fleet EVs. Join an upcoming webinar to learn more about the Collaborative, how to get included in the announcement, and to hear from leading public fleets transitioning to EVs. You can see the list of upcoming webinars (same presentation offered multiple times) at https://www.electrificationcoalition.org/webinars/. Please contact Natalia Swalnick at nswalnick@electrificationcoalition.org for more information.


Idaho Power offers electric vehicle supply equipment funding

Eligible Idaho Power business customers may apply for funding to install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE charging stations) for electric passenger vehicles, forklifts or other transportation technology. Here is how the TVCCC is partnering with Idaho Power in the project:

  • TVCCC will provide up to $15,000 in calendar year 2020 toward Idaho Power EVSE Level 2 charging stations in Ada County and Canyon County. TVCCC will be able to fund two projects at the full $7,500 level.
  • Idaho Power will identify potential projects for TVCCC funding and would seek permission from the customer before discussing the application with TVCCC
  • TVCCC funding must be aproved by the Coalition’s Board of Directors before funds will be committed.

Funding is limited and applicants are not guaranteed funding. LEARN MORE


TVCCC offers travel/training assistance opportunities

Keeping on top of the latest technologies and advances in the use of alternative fuels can be difficult, especially with limited travel/training budgets. The Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition (TVCCC) wants to assist individuals, agencies, companies, etc. learn more about current trends and advances in alternative fuels and vehicles.

Our continuing education program could help you or your organization by providing funding to help make an educational trip possible. For more information, please contact Mark Carnopis at (208) 258-2702 or Email: mcarnopis@valleyregionaltransit.org.

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Advanced electric vehicle charging station online in Huntington, Oregon

Electrify America has installed four chargers, including two state-of-the-art 350-kilowatt (kW) units, that will extend the range for EV drivers traveling on I-84 west of Boise.

Idaho Power supplies electricity to the region’s newest charging station, a state-of-the-art installation in Huntington, Oregon. Electrify America recently installed four chargers next to the town’s lone gas pump at the T and T Country Store, 40 Washington St. West.

With a focus on both future and present-day EVs, Electrify America’s charging systems range in power from 50 kW, the most commonly used fast chargers for EVs today, up to 350 kW.  At 350 kW, these chargers deliver energy for up to 20 miles of range per minute, which is seven times faster than today’s 50-kW DC chargers.

“The Electrify America fast chargers provide the latest in charging technology for EVs on the road today and the future models that will feature larger batteries,” said Patti Best, Idaho Power Program Specialist. Idaho Power provides the electricity for the stations.

The new ultra-fast chargers come in several power options, starting at 50 kW. The Electrify America station offers connectors[1], for all EVs, including all fast-charging capable cars.  The station will charge up to four vehicles at one time.

“Huntington is an excellent spot due to its central location between Boise and Pendleton, Oregon. Visitors have a convenience store and a restaurant nearby where they can refuel themselves while their car is recharging,” said Brendan Jones, Chief Operating Officer of Electrify America. “We worked with Idaho Power to get connected into the electrical grid and ensure smooth operation. The company brought one of its own EVs out to test the equipment as well.”

Idaho Power’s Chevy Bolt is the newest in its growing fleet of electric vehicles. It has the longest range, at 238 miles, of the half-dozen all-electric EVs the company owns. With the swipe of a credit card, drivers of electric cars can roll into Huntington, hook up to the Electrify America station and start charging.

“We hope it will provide a great service to the community and increase people’s interest in zero-emissions vehicles,” Jones said.

“As the charging network grows, it creates an opportunity for more people to go electric for their transportation,” Best said. Idaho Power has worked with several businesses in its service area to install charging stations as more customers go electric.

“Expansion of a national network of fast-charging stations will help EVs evolve from being used primarily for local trips to vehicles that can be readily used over long distances,” Best said.

About Electrify America

Electrify America LLC, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. For more information and to view the National and California ZEV investment plans, visit electrifyamerica.com.

About Idaho Power

Idaho Power, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and locally operated since 1916, is an electric utility that employs approximately 2,000 people who serve more than 547,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its diverse generation portfolio, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest rates for electricity. IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit idahopower.com or idacorpinc.com.

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TVCCC Contact Information
Beth K. Baird

Environmental Programs Coordinator
City of Boise Public Works Department
150 N. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID  83702
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 500
Boise, Idaho, 83701

  • Telephone: (208) 608-7142
  • E-mail: info@tvcleancities.org