In an effort to help Maryland reach a goal of increasing its infrastructure to support electric vehicles, Potomac Edison and other utilities are installing charging stations and other incentives for towns, businesses and residents.
Potomac Edison, which serves Frederick County as well as western Maryland, recently announced a plan to install 59 charging stations in its Maryland coverage area, along with incentives for installing charging stations in single- and multi-family homes.
The effort is part of a pilot program approved in 2019 by the Maryland Public Service Commission, which launched an initiative to put 300,000 zero-emission vehicles on the state’s roads by 2025.
Any government entity in the Potomac Edison coverage area can apply to have a public charging station installed, both lower-power Level 2 stations and more powerful and expensive DC fast charging stations, said Potomac Edison spokesman Aaron Ruegg.
The five-year pilot program will help them evaluate the benefits of utility-operated electric vehicle infrastructure so they can look at implementing it in other areas.
“It will help educate us on future programs that will extend beyond our Maryland service area,” Ruegg said.
Potomac Edison’s coverage area includes Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties, as well as portions of northern Montgomery and western Carroll counties.
In September, Middletown approved the placement of two Potomac Edison charging stations in town parking lots on Elm and East Green streets, to go along with a station at the town’s municipal center.
Town Administrator Drew Bowen said the stations haven’t been installed yet, but he has seen some paperwork from Potomac Edison that shows the project is moving along.
Along with installing the 59 charging stations, Potomac Edison will also offer rebates for installing stations in both single-family and multi-family homes: $300 for a qualified Level 2 charging station in residential home, and a 50 percent rebate for the cost of a qualified Level 2 and DC Fast charging station at a multi-family home, up to $5,000.
It’s all part of a decision by the Maryland Public Service Commission in January 2019 designed to increase the adoption of electric vehicles in the state, to help meet the state’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent of 2006 levels by 2030.
The move will help support the installation of more than 5,000 Level 2 and DC fast charging stations in the service areas of Potomac Edison, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Delmarva Power and Light Co. and Potomac Electric Power Co.
More information about the Potomac Edison program can be found at www.potomacedison.com/EVDriven.