Utilities Have the Power, Literally, to Foster the Market
The Natural Resources Defense Council has released a report outlining how the nation’s utilities can “supercharge the national market for electric vehicles.”
“Utilities are uniquely positioned to spur a rapid deployment of charging stations, increase public awareness of EVs’ economic and environmental benefits, and incentivize drivers to drive at times that will help bring more solar and wind onto the grid, enhancing electric vehicles’ clean air benefits,” states a summary of NRDC’s Driving Out Pollution: How Utilities Can Accelerate the Market for Electric Vehicles.
Not Just California
Utilities, the organization says, “are well positioned to play a leading role in this national effort and to ensure the home of the American automotive industry is ready to drive on a cleaner, cheaper fuel – electricity.”
NRDC cites the examples of Kansas City Power & Light’s Clean Charge Network and Michigan’s Consumers Energy’s charging station proposal as utility commitments to providing the infrastructure necessary to support EV charging.
‘By Design, Utilities Are Equipped’
“As utilities enter the world of EVs, they’re presented with an opportunity to better utilize the existing grid in ways that benefit both consumers and the environment,” NRDC says.
“By design, utilities are equipped to use spare grid capacity to charge vehicles, leverage existing customer relationships, partner with independent EV charging companies, and create rates that maximize EV owners’ savings.”
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Source: NRDC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up