Entergy Corporation, along with its partner Coulomb Technologies, announced it will fund and donate 16 electric charging stations at college campuses in its four-state service region.

Entergy provides 30,000 megawatts of electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Coulomb Technologies and its ChargePoint Network is the largest electric vehicle driver in the world, specializing in electric vehicle charging systems with operations in 14 countries. The ChargePoint Network provides online access, usage reports and greenhouse gas and fuel savings.


Louisiana State University, pictured here with representatives from partners Entergy Corporation and Coulomb Technologies, will be the first in the state to have an electric charging system at the main campus in Baton Rouge, La. Credit: LSU

Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., is the first campus with the installation, and its charging stations will be first of their kind in the state. LSU received the charging stations through a $160,000 grant by Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.

“Electric vehicles are gaining widespread attention and being embraced as an important technology solution for the nation’s energy future. We know that the infrastructure must be in place to support the evolution of the technology, and we hope Entergy’s donation of EV chargers to LSU will help start that process for the southern region,” said Bill Mohl, LSU chancellor. “This program is part of our deeper commitment to support technologies that foster environmental sustainability and provide for clean, efficient and affordable power for today and tomorrow.”

The EV chargers will provide free power to students, faculty and staff who own electric vehicles, while enabling university areas, such as the Center for Energy Studies and Entergy to collect usage data and conduct critical research about the chargers’ impact on consumers and the electric grid.

“Collecting usage data will allow Entergy and LSU to conduct critical research about EV chargers,” said Brent Dorsey, director of corporate environmental programs for Entergy. “The goal is to determine the impacts and opportunities of EV charging, including length to charge, consumer charging profiles, time of day for charging, impacts on electric facilities and other consumer behavior and preferences.”

This announcement coincides with the expected introduction of the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt in the Baton Rouge market by December 2011.

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