$2.5M available for electric charging stations | Idaho agency seeks applicants

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) More electric car charging stations may be heading into Idaho.

It's National Drive Electric Week and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is promoting the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Program.

The program allows government or public agencies to apply for electric charging stations to be install at their sites.

The funds come from the 2016 Volkswagen Settlement funding.

"Volkswagen was installing software in their vehicles that allow them to cheat emissions testing. They were caught through an investigation and as part of the settlement for that is an emissions mitigation program," said DEQ environmental resource discipline lead G.Micheal Brown.

According to DEQ, the Environmental Mitigation Trust has an amount of $2.925 billion.

The state of Idaho is eligible to request up to $17.3 million from the trust. Brown said 15 percent of that amount, which equals to about $2.5 million, can be used for electric charging stations across Idaho.

"Anybody can apply and there's certain requirements, like it has to be within half of a mile of a major highway, access from all directions, has to be well lit," Brown said. "It has to be ADA accessible, cell phone coverage in the area for major carriers, so they're trying to make it accessible to the public."

Applications are open and can be found the DEQ's website. Then they can be sent by email to Katie Pegan at katie.pegan@oer.idaho.gov, with the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources in Boise.

A committee made up of members from OEMR, DEQ and the Idaho Transportation Department will review the applications and then contact the qualified applicants for further information.

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