Utility Group Re-Avows 5% Plug-In Electric Vehicle Goal
The Edison Electric Institute, joined by top utility members including Pacific Gas & Electric, re-affirmed their common goal of fleet electrification at the White House today. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and John Podesta, counselor to the president, were on hand with PG&E Corp chairman, CEO and president Tony Earley and EEI president Tom Kuhn.
EEI said earlier this year that it wants its members to allot at least 5% of their new-vehicle purchases to plug-in electric vehicles and technologies (F&F, July 23).
The commitment “by more than 70 investor-owned electric utilities, to date,” EEI says, represents an investment of approximately $50 million annually.
‘An Industry Priority’
“We are pleased that the Administration recognizes the unprecedented effort and commitment by our industry to lead by example and to drive innovations in the electric transportation market,” EEI’s Kuhn said in a release.
“Advancing plug-in electric vehicles and technologies is an industry priority,” he said.
“The commitment we’re announcing today isn’t just about purchasing more vehicles, and it’s not just about utilities,” PG&E’s Earley said in his company’s announcement.
“It’s about encouraging clean energy innovation, growing the marketplace for electric drive technologies and positioning our country – and our customers – to take full advantage of the incredible opportunity that electrification represents.”
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Source: EEI and PG&E with Fleets & Fuels follow-up