Eversource Electric Vehicle "Make Ready" Program:
Free Charging Infrastructure for Organizations
Batteries are improving, charging speed is accelerating, EV costs are declining and it's easier than ever to find charging stations. Four EV models now have ranges over 200 miles--and that number will soon increase.
Eversource has launched its $45 million Make Ready program to prepare customers in its service territory for the EV era. This initiative will fund behind-the-meter EV infrastructure for 3,500 charging stations by 2022. Behind-the-meter infrastructure includes wiring, conduits, transformers, electric panels and new meter service.
Eversource will prioritize public access lots, workplaces and multi-unit dwellings. Hotels are well-positioned to be funded by this program.
Make Ready will enable both level 2 stations and DC Fast Chargers. DC Fast Chargers cost more than level 2 stations, and they charge vehicles faster.
Since EV infrastructure is often the biggest expense for businesses that add charging stations, Make Ready participants will save a bundle and have more stations available for their guests and staff.
Eversource will own the behind-the-meter infrastructure that it installs. The site hosts or the third party operators will own the charging stations.
It's important to note that use of the Make Ready-funded charging stations won't increase the demand charges for buildings--just the demand charges for the EV stations. In other words, they won't have a big impact on demand charges.
The application form is here.
2018 Green Lodging Trends Report:
Assess How your Hotel Measures Up
The annual Green Lodging Trends Report enables participants to compare their green programs with their peers, and understand which green practices and products are gaining ground. Last year, 2100 hotels from 46 countries took part in the survey.
You can participate in 2018 by completing the 100-question survey between July 9 and August 10.
If you do, you'll receive a free report, comparing your property to peers locally and worldwide.
access last year's report here.