Framework for Quantifying Benefits to Disadvantaged Communities: Application to Nebraska’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Plan

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) created the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program that will give NDOT access to $30.2 million over the five-year span (2022 - 2026) of the program to strategically install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) around the State. The Formula Program is subject to the Justice40 directive which states that 40% of the overall benefits from Federal covered programs need to be distributed to disadvantaged communities (DACs). Under the Justice40 directive, each agency is required to establish a methodology for calculating the benefits that (1) flow from each applicable covered program, and (2) accrue in DACs from each covered program. The NEVI Formula Program is one of many Justice40-covered programs as announced by the White House on August 18, 2022. The Justice40 directive does not require NDOT to place 40% of the EVSE in the DACs, and it would not be appropriate to do so given where the DACs are in the State. Thus, quantifying the 40% or higher benefits to DACs is not a straightforward task. To date, the Joint Office (Energy and Transportation) has not provided NDOT and other State DOTs specific guidance on how to measure benefits to DACs. This project proposes to assist NDOT in developing a set of indices (e.g., EVSE accessibility index) that can be used to compare EVSE deployment benefits to DACs and non-DACs. A crucial element of the proposed project is the method/procedure to easily collect the necessary data for calculating the indices. The indices developed from this project can be used and applied by NDOT to other Justice40-covered programs.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $179,055.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Nebraska Department of Transportation

      1500 Nebraska 2
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68502
    • Project Managers:

      Halsey, Lieska

    • Principal Investigators:

      Zhao, Li

      Huynh, Nathan

      Hawkins, Jason

    • Start Date: 20230701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20250531
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01881427
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Apr 27 2023 5:02PM