Several electric utility programs have been filed and approved throughout the summer. Several of these programs focus on expanding investment in disadvantaged communities as well as exploring the potential for vehicle-grid integration.
On September 10, 2019, the California PUC voted to approve PG&E’s Empower EV Charger and Education Program that seeks to lower barriers to electrification faced by disadvantaged communities. The program will provide low-income Residential Level 2 chargers for light-duty vehicles at low-moderate income customers. Additional funds will be saved for 800 panel upgrades for low-income customers. The program has a strong focus on education and outreach.
In Utah, Rocky Mountain Power’s proposed Intermodal Hub Project was approved on Jun 28, 2019. The project is a partnership with Utah State University’s Sustainable Electrified Transportation Center and Utah Transit Authority (UTA) to develop a power balance and demand response system, including chargers with outputs up to 400 kW, to be installed at UTA’s Intermodal Hub located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The project will combine a diversity of electric charging needs (light rail, bus, passenger, truck, and ride hailing services) at an intermodal transit center to explore vehicle-grid integration strategies.
Minnesota Power is proposing a three-year Electric Vehicle Commercial Charging Rate Pilot for Commercial and Industrial Customers (the “Pilot Program”). The Pilot Program proposal consists of on-and-off peak periods as well as a 30 percent cap on demand charges and is designed to address the high demand charges associated with EV charging, particularly in fleet and public charging applications.
Duke Energy in Kentucky filed a three-year pilot program on September 3, 2019 focusing on five areas: EV fast charging, electric transit bus charging, and incentives for non-road electrification, residential and commercial EV charging. The utility proposes to own and operate the public fast charging and transit bus charging stations and will study the potential grid impacts. Other program elements include vehicle rebates for off-road EVs and rebates for residential, workplace, and public charging with some funding reserved for disadvantaged communities. The total program budget is $2.8 million.
(hat tip to Max Baumhefner and Michelle Zaccagnino)