On March 29, 2019, Duke Energy filed a proposal to invest $76 million over the course of a three-year pilot program designed to add more than 2,300 public and private EV charging stations and rebates for up to 85 electric school buses. The program will be split between the subsidiaries Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) and Duke Energy Progress (DEP). The goal of the program is to assess best practices of vehicle-to-grid integration and the potential cost savings for the utility under increased EV and infrastructure adoption throughout North Carolina.
The pilot will include rebates for residential Level 2 charging stations, public and private fleet charging stations, electric school bus and charging stations, and transit bus charging stations with the utility proposing to own the EVSE for the school and transit buses. The utility will install and own Level 2 charging stations servicing multi-family dwellings and public areas. The utility will also install and own public DC fast charging stations. The pilot will include education and outreach elements to raise awareness of the benefits of transportation electrification.