GridWise Alliance Touts Benefits to Electricity Grid of Widescale Adoption of Electric Vehicles
Washington D.C. – July 16, 2018
The GridWise Alliance, an organization that convenes electric industry stakeholders on the most pressing grid modernization activities, today released a white paper to advance the understanding of transportation electrification given the interdependent relationship between consumers, these vehicles, the grid, and charging infrastructure. The paper presents trends, articulates the range of benefits electric vehicles (EVs) offer consumers and society, describes challenges to the rapid adoption of EVs, and proposes possible approaches to overcoming these challenges.
The Alliance presents a list of eight (8) recommendations to address these challenges, including:
- Crafting policies and regulations to allow a wide variety of participants – utilities, 3rd party providers and other private/public entities — to deploy, own, and operate charging infrastructure and develop strategies for the management of charging to maximize its benefits.
- Accelerating transportation electrification in a manner that provides customer value and efficient integration into the energy grid by recognizing that utilities are well-suited to expand electrification across multiple transportation modes and provide a foundational system of charging infrastructure that supports a reliable, consistent, and positive customer experience.
- Encouraging coordination between utilities, their large customers, OEMs, and 3rd party charging providers to increase and strategically locate charging infrastructure to ensure the siting and design of charging locations does not detract from system reliability, resilience, and security.
“Our organization has always been at the forefront of driving key conversations related to grid modernization,” said Steve Hauser, CEO of the GridWise Alliance. “Today, one of those key conversations centers on the transition to a more electrified transportation system. This white paper enables our diverse membership to inform that conversation in cities, states, and at the national level.”
“Electric companies are poised to invest in a cleaner, more efficient transportation sector and grid. Delivering on that promise begins with a partnership of policy makers, the energy and technology sectors, and third-party charging installers and operators. The GridWise Alliance white paper is a meaningful roadmap for achieving widespread adoption of electric vehicles,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., Vice Chair of the GridWise Alliance and CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric Company (BGE).
The white paper supports the Alliance’s recommendations by detailing the benefits of this transition towards robust adoption of EVs. These benefits include a more efficient and stable grid, a healthier environment, a stronger economy and improved national security.
This white paper is part of the GridWise Policy Series – a collection of content and resources designed to educate policymakers, regulators and key industry stakeholders. In the coming months, GridWise will release additional white papers on key issues impacting grid modernization.
About GridWise Alliance:
The GridWise Alliance (GridWise) champions the principle concepts, policies, and investments needed to transform the electricity grid by understanding the diverse perspectives and priorities of all stakeholders. GridWise member companies have been leading changes across the electricity industry since 2003.