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Ohio EPA Awards Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Ohio EPA has awarded $3.25 million in grants to support the installation of more than 500 publicly accessible Level 2 electric vehicle charging ports at more than 170 locations in 22 counties. The grants will help improve Ohioans’ access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Funding for the grants comes from Ohio’s allocations from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. Public and private entities in 26 counties were eligible to apply for the grants which provide all or partial funding for the electric vehicle charging stations.
A detailed list of grant recipients and locations is available online. A summary of the awards are as follows:
- Butler County - 11 locations totaling $195,737
- Clermont County - four locations totaling $49,570
- Cuyahoga County - 22 locations totaling $303,182
- Delaware County - two locations totaling $60,000
- Erie County - one location totaling $15,000
- Fairfield County - three locations totaling $75,000
- Franklin County - 16 locations totaling $303,182
- Geauga County - three locations totaling $75,000
- Greene County - five locations totaling $105,000
- Hamilton County - 20 locations totaling $303,182
- Lake County - eight locations totaling $185,000
- Lorain County - 12 locations totaling $255,000
- Lucas County - 11 locations totaling $159,800
- Madison County - two locations totaling $30,000
- Mahoning County - five locations totaling $132,298
- Medina County - four locations totaling $120,000
- Montgomery County - 19 locations totaling $303,182
- Ottawa County - one location totaling $12,618
- Portage County - seven locations totaling $131,385
- Stark County - one location totaling $15,000
- Summit County - 16 locations totaling $303,182
- Warren County - five locations totaling $117,682
A separate round of grant funding for fast-charging stations is planned later this year. Ohio EPA also will be funding an electric school bus pilot project.
The Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund resulted from a federal lawsuit that alleged Volkswagen AG installed defect devices on certain vehicles (model years 2009-2016). The devices activated during emissions testing made vehicles appear to be compliant with the law, when in fact, during on-road operation, the vehicles emitted nine to 40 times the allowable amount of nitrogen oxides, a harmful air pollutant. A settlement filed with the court distributed funds to states based on the number of vehicles with the illegal devices that were registered within them.
The trust agreement requires each state to develop a plan to identify how funding will be allocated between 10 allowable uses that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and offset damages. Ohio EPA has posted a copy of the state’s plan for the program on the Office of Environmental Education web page.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.