Minnesota Cooperative Offers Free Wind Energy Upgrade for EVs
Minnesota’s Great River Energy and its 28 participating member cooperatives are promoting a “first-of-its kind” program that allows electric vehicle drivers to upgrade the electricity used to fuel their EVs to wind-based energy at no additional cost.
“Renewable sources are already part of Great River Energy’s power mix,” the company says. “The Revolt program provides a more direct connection between wind energy and the electric vehicle driver.”
The estimated value is approximately $200 per EV.
“Our Revolt program allows consumers to further support the use of renewable energy,” Great River Energy Revolt program manager David Ranallo says in a release.
“We are dedicating wind energy to completely cover the electricity that a consumer uses to fuel an electric vehicle for the vehicle’s lifetime,” he said.
“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, cooperative members must own, purchase or lease a plug-in electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle by December 31, 2016. A household can enroll up to four electric vehicles in the program. Standard or off-peak rates apply for electricity used to fuel the vehicles, even though the cooperative is providing wind-derived electricity.
“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,” Jukka Kukkonen of Minnesota’s PlugInConnect says in the Great River Energy announcement.
“We applaud Great River Energy for giving customers 100% renewable wind energy to recharge their electric vehicles,” said Beth Soholt, executive director of the non-profit Wind on the Wires. “Making sure renewables are generating the ‘juice’ for an electric vehicle is the right way to go and provides a win-win product for their members,” she said.
For more information about the Revolt program, visit MNRevolt.com. Electric vehicle drivers may enroll in the Revolt program online or by contacting their local electric cooperative.
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Source: Great River Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up