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Plug-in Electric Vehicles

  • The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has always been a leader in adopting new programs to help assist our customers save energy and money. The BWL took the same approach with the promotion and adoption of Plug-in Electric Vehicles and the charging infrastructure. The BWL initiated a Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Project in 2010 and continues today with offering incentives to assist you with owning a PEV.

The BWL provides rebates to help offset the costs associated with the installation of home charging stations. To participate, customers must sign up for electric service rate 22 and meet installation requirements. Funds are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. To confirm availability and discuss qualifications, please contact Anthony Fields, Electrical Engineer, @517-702-6587 or Anthony.Fields@lbwl.com.

» Download PEV Reimbursement Application



Availability – The Experimental Residential Plug-in Vehicle Charging Rate is a voluntary pilot rate available to any single-family or multifamily dwelling of 4 units or less with separately metered Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) capable of providing Level 2 charging for plug-in electric motor vehicles.

Service under this rate is not available to any single-family or multifamily dwelling unit of 4 units or less when a portion of the dwelling unit is used for commercial, industrial, or resale purposes unless the wiring is so arranged that service for residential and non-residential purposes are metered separately.

“EVSE” means a device or apparatus, including vehicle supply cable, connector, internal relays and controls designed specifically for the purpose of delivering energy from the premises wiring to a plug-in-electric motor vehicle. This equipment must meet or exceed the following codes, standards and recommended practices:

  1. National Electric Code Article 625 Electric Vehicle Charging System
  2. Society of Automotive Engineers Standard (SAE) J1772
  3. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 2202, Charging Station Safety
  4. UL 2231 Personal Protection Device
  5. UL 2251 Standard for Safety of Plugs, Receptacles and Couplers for EVs
  6. UL 1998 Standard for Safety-Related Software
  7. UL 991 Standard for Tests for Safety-Related Controls Employing Solid-State Devices
  8. UL Subject 2594 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
  9. Michigan Administration codes 408.30801 or 408.30876.

“Level 2 Charging” means providing 208 – 240 volt single phase alternating current energy to an onboard charger of an electric motor vehicle with a maximum current specified at maximum 48 continuous amps and a Branch Circuit Breaker rated at 60 amps. The maximum continuous input power is specified as 11.52 Kilowatts.

Nature of Service - The service is alternating current, 60 hertz, single phase, 208 to 240 nominal volts, Level 2 Charging as defined.

Monthly Rate - Shall be computed in accordance with the following charges: Current Rates as approved by the Board of Commissioners

Basic Service Charge $1.95 Per customer per month

Commodity Charge $ 0.0821 Per kWh for all Off-Peak Usage
$ 0.1715 Per kWh for all On-Peak Usage
On-Peak Hours: All kWh used between 7am and 11 pm Monday through Friday
Off-Peak Hours: All other kWh used.

Minimum Bill – The minimum bill is the basic service charge included in the monthly rate

Energy Cost Adjustment – This rate is subject to an Energy Cost Adjustment factor added to the above energy charges and calculated as defined on a separate rate schedule incorporated herein by this reference.

Environmental Charge – This rate is subject to an Environmental Charge as defined on a separate rate schedule incorporated herein by this reference. The current Environmental Charge is $0.0025/kWh.

Tax Adjustment – Bills shall be increased within the limits of any governmental authority or political subdivision which levies taxes, license fees, franchise fees, or any other charges against the Board of Water and Light (BWL) property, or its operation, or the production and/or sale of electric energy, to offset any such cost and thereby prevent other customers from being compelled to share such local increases.

Delayed Payment Charge – A delayed payment charge of 5% of the unpaid balance, excluding previous delayed payment charges, shall be added to any bill that is not paid on or before the due date.
Effective: March 1, 2012

Board of Water and Light, Lansing, Michigan – Electric Utility Rates

Application Charge – A $10.00 charge shall be added to the first regular bill for all customers turning on service at a service location irrespective of prior service with the BWL.

Rules and Regulations – Service under this rate is subject to the BWL Rules and Regulations for Electric Service