Report No. 10 in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series. Download the report at FEUR.lbl.gov.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) presents a free webinar to discuss a new report, The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Pacific time; 1:30 - 3:00 pm Eastern time.
- Philip B. Jones, Alliance for Transportation Electrification
- Jonathan Levy, EVgo/Vision Ridge
- Jenifer Bosco, National Consumer Law Center
- Lisa Schwartz, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, Berkeley Lab
Electric vehicles (EVs) today are a small part of the U.S. transportation fleet. Technological advancements, automotive industry investments and state policies are driving increased transportation electrification. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that by 2040, 55 percent of new sales of automobiles worldwide will be EVs.
Increased transportation demand for electricity will require additional investments in the distribution system and will impact the bulk power system as load profiles change. At the same time, managed EV charging and discharging can make more efficient use of distribution system assets and increase grid flexibility. EVs also hold promise for lowering transportation costs and reducing air emissions.
Infrastructure needs to electrify transportation across the United States far exceed current investment plans by EV charging companies, the public sector and others. Utilities are building “make-ready” infrastructure to ease development of public charging stations and offering rates tailored for EVs, and some utilities are directly investing in charging stations.
The growth of EVs raises a number of questions for policymakers and others:
- How much public charging infrastructure will be needed, where should it be built and when will it be used?
- What role should utilities play in developing the infrastructure, compared to EV charging companies?
- How should charging infrastructure costs be allocated among utility customers?
- How should electricity rates be set to encourage efficient grid use and minimize negative grid impacts?
- How are states preparing for increasing electrification of the transportation sector?
A new report in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series from Berkeley Lab, The Future of Transportation Electrification: Utility, Industry and Consumer Perspectives, tackles these questions and more. The report approaches the issues from three perspectives: utilities, the EV charging industry and consumers.
Authors will discuss the findings of the report on a free webinar on September 13, 2018, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific/1:30-3:00 PM Eastern. Participants should register in advance at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ji71uqbkwfms&eom
The webinar will be recorded and archived at FEUR.lbl.gov along with the report and slides.
The report is the 10th in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series from Berkeley Lab. Additional reports are forthcoming. Subscribe to our mailing list at FEUR.lbl.gov and follow us on Twitter at @BerkeleyLabEMP.
The report was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity — Electricity Policy Technical Assistance Program and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy — Solar Energy Technologies Office as part of DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative. Lisa Schwartz of Berkeley Lab’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group is the project manager and technical editor.
About the authors
Philip B. Jones is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Transportation Electrification, a nonprofit industry association. Jones served for 12 years on the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and served as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in 2012–13.
Jonathan Levy is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at EVgo and an Advisor to Vision Ridge Partners, an investment firm focused on sustainable assets. Previously, Levy served in a variety of federal government policy and management positions, including as a policy advisor to then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel and as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
Jenifer Bosco is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) with a focus on energy and utility issues that affect low-income consumers. Prior to joining NCLC, she was director of the Office of Patient Protection at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and held positions at Health Law Advocates, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and Merrimack Valley Legal Services. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts.
Previous reports in the Future Electric Utility Regulation series:
- Electric Industry Structure and Regulatory Responses in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future
- Distribution Systems in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future: Planning, Market Design, Operation and Oversight
- Performance-Based Regulation in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future
- Distribution System Pricing With Distributed Energy Resources
- Recovery of Utility Fixed Costs: Utility, Consumer, Environmental and Economist Perspectives
- The Future of Electricity Resource Planning
- The Future of Centrally-Organized Wholesale Electricity Markets
- Regulatory Incentives and Disincentives for Utility Investments in Grid Modernization
- Value-Added Electricity Services: New Roles for Utilities and Third-Party Providers