By Bob Matyi, American Public Power Association
Omaha Public Power District is launching a pilot program in June to educate its 374,000 customers about the benefits of electric vehicles, while providing incentives for their potential use. Throughout the pilot and beyond, OPPD will be tracking and monitoring impacts to its distribution system for use in grid planning and will also develop a plan for managing those impacts. Read more here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- New EV program will measure impact on system, The Wire, OPPD Blog
- EV Strategy: OPPD Board Committee Presentation, Aaron Smith, Director – Operations
- News Release: EV Research Strategy Presented To OPPD Board
- NPPD’S EV Charging Station Incentive Pilot Program
- Electric vehicles are here: are utilities ready to charge forward?
Navigant Research said in a report, prepared for the American Public Power Association, that by 2021 it conservatively projects new EV (battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) sales of more than 700,000 units in the U.S. annually. Markets saw a 37 percent increase in sales of plug-in electric vehicles in 2016 and Navigant Research expects 50 percent growth in market sales in 2017 and 2018, largely due to Tesla’s Model 3 and other longer-range, low cost battery electric vehicles coming to the market, as well as more vehicle options becoming available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
- Multi-faceted EV approaches getting closer look from states: report
Among the top electric vehicle policy trends in the first quarter of 2018 were states considering multi-faceted approaches to EVs and related infrastructure, the North Carolina Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) said in a recently released report.