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Energy Infrastructure Modernization

Energy Infrastructure Modernization

Electric Vehicles 

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is increasing around the country, resulting in a new kind of electricity load from EV charging. Commissions are grappling with related challenges, including how to shift this new load to off-peak hours and whether and how utilities may be involved in offering EV charging to drivers. NARUC, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy, is working to explore these emerging topics with its members and experts. 

NARUC CPI hosts an Electric Vehicles State Working Group, which is open to all NARUC members and holds monthly meetings on EV regulatory topics. For more information, or to join the working group, please contact Jasmine McAdams. 

  • Mini Guide on Transportation Electrification: State-Level Roles and Collaboration among  Public Utility Commissions, State Energy Offices, and Departments of Transportation, Summer 2022                                                  This mini guide describes the unique and vital roles State Energy Offices, Public Utility Commissions (PUCs), and Departments of Transportation (DOTs), as well as State Environmental Agencies, Consumer Advocates, and other important state-level partners each have to support the ambitious electric vehicle (EV) adoption goals in many states and implement EV rollout. 
  • Models for Incorporating Equity in Transportation Electrification Considerations for Public Utility Regulators, Summer 2022                                                                                                                                                                Momentum for the electric vehicle (EV) transition is well underway, and the utility sector plays an important role in supporting its success. For frontline communities, the transition offers a promising solution to improve environmental and public health outcomes, economic development, affordability, and transit equity. However, the transition will need to involve care and intention to ensure that the needs of underserved communities are prioritized throughout the planning, decision-making, and implementation   processes. States --- through Public Utility Commissions and other state agencies --- have taken the lead in some cases, as describe in this paper. Whether driven by state commissions or utilities themselves, utilities have a range of options available to ensure equity is central in their transportation electrification plans and programs by drawing from a variety of existing and emerging experiences.

This issue brief provides an overview of the utility programs and business models that are intended to center equity and captures key considerations for state utility regulators around these models.

  • Electric Vehicle Interoperability Considerations for Public Utility Regulators, Summer 2022                                    Electric vehicles (EV) are an increasingly important component of many state and federal efforts to decarbonize both the electric and transportation systems. Although this growth will not be uniform across the country and some states will move faster than others, the need for charging infrastructure will be vital to the widespread adoption of EVs. As cars are driven across utility service territories and state borders, ensuring that EV owners can charge their vehicles reliably is critical. To enable widespread charging for customers and a consistent and reliable experience across vehicle manufacturers, charging station developers, and utility territories, it is essential to adopting industry standards that emphasize interoperability by all actors.

This issue brief provides an overview of EV interoperability benefits and opportunities, describes where in the charging ecosystem interoperability is relevant and what standards are available, and includes a snapshot of recent state public utility commission actions to ensure interoperability in charging infrastructure.

  • Electric Vehicles: Key Trends, Issues, and Considerations for State Regulators, October 2019

    NARUC released an issue brief on electric vehicles and the important role of public utility commissions. Electric Vehicles: Key Trends, Issues, and Considerations for State Regulators examines trends in EV adoption, provides a synopsis of the types of decisions commissions are facing, and offers examples of recent state regulatory approaches to EV questions. The issue brief outlines the key issues and perspectives that commissions are likely to hear from stakeholders. Topics include who may own charging infrastructure, how to encourage charging during off-peak hours through rate design and managed charging, and emerging issues. A presentation summarizing key points can be viewed here.

  • EV States Clearinghouse, National Association of State Energy Officials

    The site is a repository for EV program documents from the states – such as model RFPs, staffing and budgetary models, and sample contracts – as well as current state-level EV roadmaps, EV infrastructure siting and assessment tools, and other resources.