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Local Incentive to Plug Into Alternative Fuels

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February 25 — Area drivers may soon have more incentive to plug into alternative fuels.

Kevin Kirkham, strategic programs manager for Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) recently announced the second phase launch of the IN-Charge Electric Vehicle Incentive Program, IN-Charge Around Town.

The program places more public charging stations throughout NIPSCO’s territory.

“We want to provide charging stations to reduce range anxiety for EV owners,” Kirkham said. “The second phase will have a budget of $1 million in incentives.”

The company announced the expansion efforts at the South Shore Clean Cities’ (SSCC) annual meeting Feb. 18 at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center. NIPSCO will partner SSCC to implement and manage the program.

Carl Lisek, executive director, said groups from Purdue University, Purdue North Central and Alan B. Shepard High School from Palos Heights, Ill., were among the more than 200 attendees.

“The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘Together we make great things happen,’ and that includes students,” he says. “We were excited to host these three groups at the meeting because it is vital that our nation’s young people become involved with and consider careers in environmental science.”

Lisek says the group has made significant environment impacts and is set to celebrate its 15-year anniversary in June 2014.

“South Shore Clean Cities and its supporters are making a difference,” he says. “In October 2013, net petroleum imports to the U.S., which include petroleum and diesel, were at their lowest levels since February 1991. We also held more than 75 education events to promote the use of clean diesel technologies, alternative fuels and petroleum reduction activities throughout the state.”

Information about IN-Charge Around Town is available at NIPSCO.com/INCharge.

By: Lakeshore Public Media Staff

 

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