Webinar: Charging up with Volkswagen Settlement funds

Lessons learned & upcoming opportunities

July 30, 2020 | 10-11:30am
CERTs & Drive Electric MN
Event Description

Is your community, non-profit, or business interested in hosting an electric vehicle (EV) charging station? Want to learn more about potential funding through the Volkswagen Settlement fund? Don’t know what that is and want to learn more? Join the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and Drive Electric Minnesota for a webinar to learn about these topics and more!

We will have a VERY brief overview of Minnesota’s portion of the Volkswagen Settlement and timeline, followed by some examples from Phase 1 and some discussion to prepare you for Phase 2 funding that is coming out this summer, fall, and beyond. Hear from the developer for the fast chargers along MN corridors and from charging station host sites about their experience and lessons learned as part of the grant process. We hope this webinar will help prepare your community for installing an EV charger with potential funding from the Volkswagen Settlement. This free webinar is hosted by CERTs and Drive Electric MN.

Detailed Agenda:

  • Overview of VW settlement – Mark Sulzbach, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Level 2 plan, money available, DC fast charger (DCFC) corridors)
  • Phase 1 Status and Lessons Learned – Diana McKeown, Great Plains Institute (GPI)
    • DCFC
      • DCFC Overview – Jim Goodman, ZEF Energy
      • DCFC Case Study – Tracy Hodel, City of St. Cloud
    • Level 2
      • Level 2 Overview – Kris Acuña, GPI
      • Level 2 Case Study – Brandy Toft, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Phase 2 Outlook
    • DCFC – Jim Goodman, ZEF Energy
      • Developers apply for installing on corridors, not individual host sites
      • What makes a good site for VW funding?
      • What does a developer look for in a host community for DCFC?
    • Level 2 – Katelyn Bocklund & Brian Ross, GPI
      • Identifying good locations in your community
      • Tools and resources
      • Pairing with renewable energy