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Kane County committee reviews summary of electric vehicle charging station

The Kane County Energy and Environmental Committee convened Thursday and reviewed a midyear summary of the electric vehicle charging station located at the Kane County Courthouse.

A single charging station was installed in April 2012 and upgraded with two plugs in December 2013. The report noted that since the installation, 302 gallons of gas have been saved in 510 charges. The report also noted that users increased from 48 in 2013 to 163 in 2014.

Board members discussed charging individuals for using the charging stations. Discussion centered around whether users should be charged for kilowatts per hour, hours charging or a flat fee.

The midyear summary gave potential revenue ideas for the charging station. In order to break even, the county would need to charge 32 cents per kwh or 40 cents per hour. The summary also showed that a $1 per hour fee would give the county $740 in profit, and 50 cents per kwh would result in $278 in profit.

Committee member Michael Donahue, R-Geneva, said he is a “huge supporter and big proponent” of the charging program. He also said he does not see the need to start charging citizens for using the charging station because he said the costs are “pretty minimal.”

The charging station has a current annual operation cost of $493.

Donahue said he would support free access for another six months to help increase use and educate the community about the station and its benefits.

Committee Chair Kurt Kojzarek, R-Gilberts, said he would be interested in exploring charging citizens per hour.

No motions were made to implement a user fee for the future.

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