PUC Calls to Accelerate EV Use In VT
The Vermont Public Utility Commission issued a report that describes ways to promote the ownership and use of electric vehicles (EVs) in Vermont, with recommendations to accelerate the transition to electric transportation, including creating state incentives for the purchase of EVs and encouraging electric utilities to develop new rate structures for both EV drivers and charging station operators. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont, – 47 percent – despite strong state policy. As of January 2019, there were 2,985 EVs registered in Vermont. Estimates for how many EVs must be registered in Vermont to meet the goals set forth in the Comprehensive Energy Plan range from 50,000 to 60,000 vehicles by 2025.
“If Vermont is going to meet its statutory greenhouse-gas reduction goals, it is critical that we do everything possible to encourage the switch to electric vehicles. Besides fighting climate change, this will also save Vermonters money in driving and maintenance costs,” said Commission chair Anthony Roisman. The Commission’s report is the product of a nine-month investigation. For more information about the investigation, contact John Cotter at 802-828-2358 or [email protected]