Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Make-Ready Program



Electrifying transportation offers numerous benefits for customers and communities, including increased efficiency, improved sustainability, energy security and the opportunity to relieve rate pressure in an environment of stagnant sales growth. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the transportation sector accounts for 40% of New York's greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, in order to meet the state's clean energy goals, the transportation sector must be part of the solution. To this end, the NYS PSC Commission commenced a proceeding, Case 18-E-0138, to consider the role of electric utilities in providing electric transportation infrastructure and rate design.


Program Introduction & Benefits

The goal of the Electric Vehicle Make-Ready Program (“EV Make-Ready Program”) is to support the development of electric infrastructure and equipment necessary to accommodate an increased deployment of EVs within New York by reducing the upfront costs of building charging stations for light-duty EVs. Through this program, entities seeking to install or participate in the installation of Level 2 (“L2”) and/or Direct Current Fast Charging (“DCFC”) chargers can earn incentives that will offset a large portion of, or in some cases, all of the infrastructure costs associated with preparing a site for EV charger installation. Additional information can be found in the program's Participation Guide.


Program Definition

The Central Hudson EV Light-Duty Make-Ready Program is designed to provide incentives for the development of infrastructure from the electric distribution system up to but excluding the EV charger. This includes utility-owned equipment such as overhead distribution lines, step-down transformers, protective devices and metering as well as customer-owned equipment such as conduits, trenching and panels. For the purposes of the Program, infrastructure development also includes additional equipment used to enable expansion of EV charging infrastructure in the future.

Figure 1 depicts typical power delivery from the distribution lines to the stepdown transformer, meter, panel, and EV charger at the site host location. Configuration may vary based on site specifics. 

Basic design of charging equipment


Who Is Eligible?

Eligible equipment or infrastructure

1. Utility-Side Make-Ready Infrastructure: Utility electric infrastructure needed to connect and serve a new EV charger. This may include traditional distribution infrastructure such as step-down transformers, overhead service lines and utility meters that will continue to be owned and operated by the utility.

2. Customer-Side Make-Ready Infrastructure: EV equipment or infrastructure necessary to make a site ready to accept an EV charger that is owned by the charging station Developer, Equipment Owner or Site Host. This electric infrastructure may include conductors, trenching and panels needed for the EV charging stations.

Eligible future proofing to the site and equipment may also be approved as part of this infrastructure. All EV supply equipment must be installed by utility-approved contractors in order to be eligible for the incentives available through this EV Make-Ready Program. Equipment associated with the EV charger itself, such as the actual EV chargers, power blocks, modules, mounting hardware, co-located distributed generation or energy storage material, are ineligible for incentives under the EV Make-Ready Program.

Eligibility criteria and incentives

To receive incentives through the EV Make-Ready Program, a project must satisfy the following criteria:

Approved Application: Participants must apply to be accepted into the EV Make-Ready Program. Central Hudson will review, evaluate and, if appropriate, approve applications. Participants interested in applying to the program can do so through our online application portal OR can fill out the printable application.

Station Maturity: Construction of the EV charging station must have commenced no sooner than July 16, 2020.

Location Capacity: EV charging stations must conform to capacity guidelines, including:

  1. EV charging stations must have a minimum of two plugs.
  2. DCFC sites with more than ten plugs and/or demand in excess of 2 MW will be allowed to participate in the EV Make-Ready Program under the condition that developing the site does not cause the utility to incur new business costs greater than those that would have been incurred to develop a site with a maximum demand of 2 MW.
  3. The number of plugs at locations in excess of 10 plugs shall not exceed 50% of the target number of plugs established in the EV Make-Ready Order for each utility.

Participants in the EV Make-Ready Program are eligible to receive incentives covering up to the given cost of make-ready infrastructure based upon the following criteria:

  Up to 50% Up to 90% Up to 100%
Accessibility Non-public locations, including workplace and privately owned pay-to-park lots Public locations, including municipal paid parking  
Plug type Locations where a station with proprietary plug types are not collocated with an equal number of commonly accepted standardized plug types of equal or greater simultaneous charging capacity. Locations where all plugs are standardized or where a propietary plug type is collocated at a station with an equal number of commonly accepted standardized plug types of equal or greater simultaneous charging capacity.   
Disadvantaged communities     Sites located within or near a disadvantaged community (see additional information below)


For projects in disadvantaged communities, the participant will receive up to 100 percent of eligible make-ready costs for:

  1. Publicly accessible non-proprietary DCFC sites within 1 mile of disadvantaged communities in the Central Hudson service territory.
  2. Level 2 sites located in multi-unit dwellings within 1 mile of disadvantaged communities in the Central Hudson service territory.

No single participant may receive incentives for greater than 50% of any utility-specific make-ready incentive budget.


How To Apply

Participants interested in applying for the EV Make-Ready Program can do so through our online application portal OR can fill out the printable application and submit to EVMakeReady@cenhud.com.


Approved Contractors

Participants are required to use utility-approved contractors as a condition of program participation. Approved contractors for this program can be found here


Becoming an Approved Contractor

To become an approved contractor for the EV Make-Ready Program, interested entities must complete and submit a Participating Contractor Application to each utility in whose territory the contractor is interested in working. The Participating Contractor Application is found here

Each electric utility will review all applications, agreements and supporting documentation and determine if the contractor is accepted into the EV Make-Ready Program as an approved contractor. Entities may apply to become an approved contractor at any time.


Fleet Assessment Services

The Fleet Assessment Service is available to all light-, medium- and heavy-duty fleet operators in Central Hudson’s territory free of charge. Fleet managers can apply here. Following an initial consultation, a Central Hudson expert representative will conduct a site visit to assess feasibility for EV charging infrastructure. Together, the expert and fleet manager will compile the necessary data on fleet vehicles, use patterns and operating costs. The data are then analyzed to identify potential conversion scenarios and conduct a rate analysis to inform fleet managers’ decisions.