On November 24, 2020, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC and Duke Energy Progress, LLC received partial approval for a proposal to invest $76 million over the course of a three-year pilot program designed to support multiple use cases for EV charging and both school and transit bus electrification. The Commission approved roughly $25 million in total, roughly a third of the initial proposal. Approvals include reduced school bus, public Level 2 and DC fast charging stations, and charging for MUDs with a focus on low-income housing. Duke will own and operate all charging infrastructure associated with these pilots. The Commission rejected several program elements on the basis that they were not appropriately sized to assess the benefits of utility investment in a way that would justify the use of ratepayer funds. The order directs the utility to form a working group with other stakeholders to redesign and refile the rejected program elements within six months of the final order. The pilot will include education and outreach elements to raise awareness of the benefits of transportation electrification. 

 

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(hat tip to Stan Cross)