Save money by scheduling your EV charging times. Below you'll find some energy programs for Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area.
The STANDARD parallel power programs require a separate meter socket, separate panel, and splicing into the primary feed from Xcel into your home. A big advantage of the standard programs is that if you do not have a newer electrical system or your system does not have the capacity to add the power required by your vehicle, this option bypasses your system and can avoid costly upgrades.
The NEW Xcel Energy Electric Vehicle Programs was released in December of 2020. This program does not include any of the costs and permitting required to get power from you panel to your parking space. You may or may not have the capacity in your panel to add their charger.
There are two programs available with a $500 rebate if either program is installed, the Off-peak storage rate and the Time-of-use rate. The Off-peak storage rate installation includes adding a radio controller and meter socket (supplied by Dakota Electric at a nominal cost) and a contactor (supplied by us) to allow the power to be turned off and not available during the day. This is typically a more expensive installation and limits your charging ability because they shut it off during the day. The Time-of-use option allows charging at all times with a substantial discount Off-Peak times are 9:00 pm to 8:00 am Mon. – Fri., and all day Weekends and Holidays. There is a premium fee if charging during peak times between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm, but if needed, it is available.
The MVEC EV24 time of use program utilizes your existing 2nd meter when not currently used, otherwise a new separate meter socket will be installed. You will be able to charge at all times, but charging at peak times will incur a penalty. Set your car to charge between 11PM and 7am for the best rate which is currently .069 cents during the summer and .052 cents per kw the rest of the year. Check with MVEC to confirm this information. There is a rebate of $150 for this work.
Shakopee does not have a program as of October 2015. Here’s a link to the statute requiring the program for public utilities. We inquired and coops and municipalities are not required to comply. Call or write your utility and ask for it.
Connexus will rebate up to $500 towards each Tesla Wall Connector or charger. The contact at Connexus for detailed information is Sue. You can also buy a level 2 charger (3 Clipper Creek Models Available with Universal J1772 plug) directly from Connexus and they will give you an $800 rebate. Initiate this program by filling out the online application and you can pick up the meter socket for no charge at the Connexus office, 14601 Ramsey Blvd, Ramsey, MN 55303
Wright- Hennepin Electric Association will rebate $500 if you both install the Tesla Wall Connector and sign up for the storage program. The utility will supply a CT and box for $55 and provide at no cost the radio and meter socket. Power will be shut off by the utility and not available during peak times. There is another time of day option allowing for a smaller discount and power is available at all times. A separate meter socket is installed for this program and there is also a $500 rebate available. Please click below for detailed information. Our information was provided by Robin at the utility. New for 2020, you can purchase a ZEF Energy charger from Wright-Hennepin, it has all the off peak systems internal. Click Here to order the ZEF Energy charger from EnergyWiseMN. Currently they have it for the storage rate and expect to roll out time of use rate shortly. Cost for the chargers are HCS-40 $895. HCS-50 $965, and HCS-60 $1.229. The charge rates are 80% of these numbers. (example HCS-60 charges at 48 amps). There is a $1000 total rebate for this option and it seems to be the best option at this time.
People’s Energy Cooperative Electric will rebate $500 and provide at no cost the radio controller. The meter socket and contactor (over 30 amps) installation is paid by the customer. Charging will typically be unavailable between 1:30pm and 9:30pm Please contact them for detailed information.
The City of Chaska has an off peak program available beginning in 2020 where we install a 2nd electrical service with separate panel, meter socket and splice the main feed to your home. They will rebate $250 per residential charge port and $500 per commercial port. Click below for the rate schedule and confirm with the City. It is approximately 1/2 the normal rates when your car is set to charge between 7pm and 7am. There is also a monthly service fee of $6.20 added to your bill.