Electric Vehicles

Members can receive free wind energy upgrade for electric vehicles

Lake Country Power’s wholesale energy provider Great River Energy launched Revolt, a program that allows cooperative members to upgrade the electricity used to fuel their vehicles to wind energy at no additional cost.

Renewable sources are already part of Great River Energy’s power mix, but the Revolt program provides a more direct connection between wind energy and the electric vehicle driver.

“Our Revolt program allows consumers to further support the use of renewable energy. We are dedicating wind energy to completely cover the electricity that a consumer uses to fuel an electric vehicle, for the vehicle’s lifetime,” said David Ranallo, Great River Energy Revolt program manager. “We're thrilled to offer this innovative program in our portfolio. We hope it acts as a spark to ignite a sustainable campaign to build awareness around electric vehicles in Minnesota."

Members can sign up for the free program if they purchase or lease a plug-in electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle by Dec. 31, 2016. The program is also open to members who already own or lease one of these types of electric vehicles.  Up to four electric vehicles per household may be enrolled in the program.

“Revolt allows our members to further support the use of renewable energy,” said Jeff Sheldon, LCP’s manager of energy services and business development. “This new offering also shows that Lake Country Power is taking a leadership role in promoting the use of electric vehicles in our service area and having a positive impact on the environment.”

Great River Energy can ensure that Revolt participants’ electric vehicles are 100 percent wind powered by utilizing renewable energy credits (RECs). When a certain amount of wind energy is produced, a REC is created that embodies all of the environmental benefits of that energy. When you claim your upgrade, Great River Energy will dedicate wind energy RECs on your behalf, completely offsetting the energy used to power your electric vehicle.

While the vehicles will be completely powered by wind energy, standard or off-peak rates still apply for the electricity used to fuel them.

Signing up for Revolt is simple. Go online to MNrevolt.com to fill out and submit the one-page form, or contact Lake Country Power’s member service department by calling 800-421-9959, press #6.

What electric vehicles are eligible for Revolt?

Two categories of electric vehicles are eligible for enrollment in Revolt: plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV).

PEVs are all electric, all of the time – no internal combustion engine or gas tank involved.

PHEVs are the multi-taskers, running on both gas and electricity.

Hybrid electric vehicles that have a gas tank and no plug are not eligible. They charge through regenerative braking and by drawing power from the engine.

ChargeWise Program

Lake Country Power offers a program for EV owners where they can charge their vehicle on the off-peak program. Call the member service department for more information or to sign up. 800-421-9959, press #6.