One would think by the actions of the Naperville city council, that the city was overflowing with extra dollars to simply give away for pet projects of the council. As the city of Naperville continues to pile on needless debt, city officials have decided to raffle off five (5) electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) desperately trying to stimulate interest in something the vast majority of citizens have absolutely no interest in; the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI).
The raffle is open to DPU-E (Department of Public Utility – Electric) customers who currently own an electric vehicle which probably means that four of the five EVCS’s will remain unclaimed.
Winners (or losers depending upon how you look at it) will be required to:
- pay “miscellaneous income” tax to the IRS
- allow DPU-E to install the EVCS at the recipient’s address
- allow DPU-E to install a second (sub) meter at the recipient’s address
- sign up for the sub-metering rate for either the flat or time-of-use rate
- allow DPU-E to collect and record all usage data
- assume responsibility for a service upgrade, if necessary, for additional service line, which means the recipient will need to review their service and load panel with an electrician and then consult with DPU-E in order to be aware of potential additional cost.
Is it any wonder the city is trying to find residents to participate in all this work. Here is a thought, rather than inflicting residents with EVCS’s, how about each council member be required by ordinance to obtain and drive an electric car, and be required to install EVCS’s in their front yard. And by the way, for all of you who live near a council member, take note if they are driving ‘electric’, or if they, like the rest of of us, are choosing safety and reliability in our current vehicles.