A new private-public partnership has been established to identify and pursue collaborative opportunities between the government and the utility industry to promote and accelerate the nationwide adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). U.S. DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz and Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to take a variety of joint actions—including research, infrastructure, and outreach programs—to accelerate the widespread adoption of EVs.
The major activity areas included in the MOU include:
- Outreach and Education: Campaigns to raise the level of familiarity among consumers.
- Research and Analysis: Insights from existing deployment data, supplemented with new research.
- Cross-Government Coordination: Engagement with other relevant federal and state agencies.
The first specific actions to be taken at the launch of the MOU:
- National economic value assessment study to quantify the economic impact of broad-based electric transportation on the U.S. economy.
- DOE Workplace Charging Challenge integration with EEI’s new Employee PEV Engagement Initiative.
“Today’s Memorandum of Understanding with the nation’s electric power industry allows the Department of Energy to tap into the experience and scale of an industry that is truly leading the way in moving the electric vehicle market forward,” said Kate Brandt, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “The federal government is doing its part too, and will benefit from this partnership. Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, directs Federal agencies to reduce their fleet wide per-mile greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2025 and to ensure that by 2025 half of all new passenger vehicle acquisitions are for zero emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles.”
Utilities plan to spend $90 million in 2015, representing 10 percent of their total budget, to bring into service more than 800 new Plug-In Electric Vehicles across a variety of application types (passenger cars, work trucks, and other vehicles) and more than 700 charging ports.
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.