We recently attended the League of California Cities annual City Managers Conference. There were many topics on the agenda, however, conversations steered to preparedness and concern for municipalities’ ability to deploy and manage the influx of funding from the massive national infrastructure package. In particular, the expansive vehicle charging infrastructure.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $5 billion in funding for states with a goal to build a national charging network. The total amount available to states this year is $615M. Additionally,
- 10% is set-aside each year for grants to states to help fill gaps in the network
- $2.5 billion is available for communities through a competitive grant program
At ID360, we have worked with cities to structure and deploy complex local EV Charging Policies. Here are a few things to keep in mind for this upcoming influx of funding:
- EV Infrastructure Deployment Plans must be submitted at the state level before funds become available
- California is slated to receive the second highest amount of state funding for 2022
- More green jobs and knowledge of green codes will be necessary to successfully implement these projects
The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation is providing data, tools, and technical assistance to city and state officials via DriveElectric.gov. For those interested in getting current at the state and local level, we offer several online, on-demand courses through ID360 Academy.
The Infrastructure Law also includes funding for many areas of green building and sustainability. To stay current on changes impacting California subscribe to our newsletter The Green Scene or contact us for more information.