Counties Back Efforts to Extend EV Infrastructure Rebate Program

On February 23, 2023, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko submitted testimony to the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of HB 550 – Maryland Energy Administration – Energy Programs – Modifications (Clean Transportation and Energy Act).

The Senate Education, Energy, and the Environment Committee will consider the bill’s cross-file, SB 548, on February 28.

This bill alters the Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment Program by extending the duration of the Program through 2026, repealing the rebates that may be issued to retail service station dealers, and repealing the limitation on the total amount of rebates that the Maryland Energy Administration may issue in each fiscal year. HB 550 and its cross-file have the beneficial effect of perpetuating and strengthening a vital resource in county efforts to expand electrification resources and promote cleaner energy sources.

From the MACo Testimony:

The Electric Vehicle Recharging Equipment Program is a critical part of county plans to expand access to electric vehicle infrastructure for all Marylanders. Under the program, counties can receive 40% of the cost of acquiring and installing qualified electric vehicle recharging equipment, up to $4000. In the current environment of rising inflation and supply chain delays, this extra support has ensured continued momentum in the transition away from fossil fuel powered cars. HB 550 extends the program through fiscal year 2026 and repeals the number of rebates the state may issue each year. Should the program be allowed to expire, any extra costs would be absorbed by county governments and likely slow further electrification projects that may no longer pass a cost/benefit analysis locally.

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