Phase II programs include more public charging stations, electric vehicle (EV) charging for customers, and school bus conversion to electric
The company’s efforts will lead to the installation of more than 1,000 charging ports in the state
Prep and charge programs will reduce the initial costs of adopting EVs and allow the customer to choose.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – After six months of stakeholder engagement, Duke Energy recently filed a Proposal of $ 56 million for Phase II programs to continue advancing transportation electrification in North Carolina.
The filing follows the November 2020 order of the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) approving the company $ 25 million Phase I electric transportation pilot program.
In its earlier order, the NCUC asked Duke Energy to work with public staff to organize a process of collaboration with stakeholders, and then to file any pilot programs developed by stakeholders.
“The shift to an electric transportation sector will include input from stakeholders across North Carolina,” said Stephen De May, president of Duke Energy in North Carolina. “Our brief reflects the best ideas we’ve heard about how Duke Energy can drive this transition.”
Although North Carolina has more than 26,000 electric vehicles in the state, Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80 spelled out a statewide goal to achieve 80,000 zero-emission vehicles in circulation by 2025.
Duke Energy’s efforts will lead to the installation of more than 1,000 charging ports across the state. The company’s Phase II pilot programs will:
- Leverage the company’s previous pilot project by expanding DC fast charging on state highways, charging in multi-family dwellings, and providing financial support to school systems for the purchase of 60 electric school buses.
- Support the continued development of the competitive DC fast charging market by requiring multiple hardware and software vendors, creating a transparent and stakeholder informed process around vendor selection that enables alternate pricing by site hosts.
- Create a pilot project for a fee-based EV charging program for residential and business customers. This program allows customers to install and operate electric vehicle charging stations at a low monthly rate, with the customer making all operational choices, including brand of equipment and network. In many cases, this can be a zero up-front cost option for customers who charge for EVs.
Separated from the Phase II filing on April 30, the company filed for approval of a preparation rate which will provide credits to reduce the initial cost of upgrading electrical systems to install charging infrastructure for homeowners and businesses.
“The high up-front costs prevent our customers from reaping the substantial benefits of electric vehicles, and this challenge is particularly prevalent for low- and middle-income families,” said Lon Huber, vice president of pricing design and strategic solutions by Duke Energy. “These new programs remove a major financial barrier to adoption, allowing everyone to benefit from the increased use of electric vehicles.”
Huber added that the stakeholder collaboration meetings in North Carolina will continue to review the performance of the Phase II pilot programs and discuss innovative ways to expand the electric vehicle market, including tariff designs and programs. additional.
Support the transition to EVs
Duke Energy is a major proponent of electric vehicles. It has already launched ambitious programs to expand electric vehicle charging both internally at Duke Energy sites and externally through several utility pilot programs. An internal “Electrify by Example” initiative begins with an effort to install workplace chargers at all workplaces to allow employees to drive electricity.
In Florida, the company’s Park & Plug pilot has installed more than 590 public electric vehicle charging stations statewide. The deployment includes 50 fast-charging stations connecting areas of Florida previously underserved by electric vehicle fast-charging infrastructure. To date, drivers have used the Park & Plug network for over 75,000 charging sessions, displacing over 110,000 gallons of gasoline.
Regulatory action in 2020 led to the approval of pilot programs in North Carolina and South Carolina. If recent Duke Energy electric vehicle depots in North Carolina are approved, the company will build on its leadership with a comprehensive suite of electric vehicle programs, making it more affordable and convenient for customers to access. the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
In South Carolina, the company will provide up to a total of $ 1,000 to 400 residential customers of Duke Energy Carolinas who install a Level 2 charging station, provide access to their charging data and manage the charging of electric vehicles. during off-peak periods. The company will also deploy 60 fast chargers there to expand access to the state’s fast-charging infrastructure.
About Duke Energy
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively have 51,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people.
Duke Energy is implementing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with targets of at least 50% carbon reductions by 2030 and net carbon emissions zero by 2050. The company is one of the leading renewables in the United States. supplier, on track to operate or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company is also investing in major power grid upgrades and battery storage expansion and exploring zero emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
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