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The White House and U.S. Department of Energy Announce Private Sector Commitments to Cut Carbon Pollution and Reduce Our Dependence on Foreign Oil

The Obama Administration is committed to taking responsible steps to combat climate change and reduce our dependence on oil. That is why today, the White House and the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned electric utilities, are announcing new commitments by more than 120 businesses, non-profits, and schools, including more than 70 Edison Electric Institute utility companies, to purchase electric vehicles and technologies and to install workplace charging stations.

Today’s commitments demonstrate that businesses across the U.S. are investing in the technology that will enhance our energy security by reducing our dependence on oil, promoting measures to cut fuel costs for American families and businesses, and helping the U.S. continue to cut carbon pollution. In fact, electric vehicles can actually get cleaner as they get older, because the grid they are plugged into can be powered by cleaner energy over time. Today’s announcements include:

  •     Commitments from more than 70 electric utility companies to devote at least 5 percent of their annual fleet acquisition budgets to purchasing plug-in electric vehicles and technologies, totaling investments of approximately $50 million per year.
  •     61 new businesses, schools, and non-profits committing to install workplace charging stations for their employees.
  •     A new action by the U.S. Department of Energy to support new, competitively-awarded projects to enable aggregated purchases of EVs and other advanced technology vehicles.

The commitments made today will create new demand, bringing the U.S. one step further to achieving the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge President Obama launched in March 2012. The goal of the challenge is to become the first nation in the world to produce plug-in electric vehicles that are as affordable for the average American family as gasoline-powered vehicles. Since 2009, the cost of battery technology has already come down by more than 60 percent.  As costs have fallen and vehicle choice has grown, plug-in electric vehicle sales continue to grow rapidly.  Sales in the first ten months of 2014 were nearly 25 percent higher than during the same period in 2013. Today, 13 manufacturers offer 19 electric vehicle models, presenting consumers with real choices as they look to adopt new technology, enhancing the competitive position of U.S. industry, and driving job creation through American innovation.

Electric Utilities Leading By Example: More than 70 electric utility companies today announced a commitment to devote at least 5 percent of their annual fleet acquisition budgets to purchasing plug-in electric vehicles and technologies, totaling investments of approximately $50 million per year. The companies will meet the 5 percent commitment by purchasing a variety of technologies, from electric passenger cars to medium- and heavy-duty work trucks with electric Power Take Off (ePTO) systems that power the trucks at worksites without the need to run the engine. Deploying plug-in vehicles in utility fleets carries a powerful message to the community about the capabilities of plug-in technology. By adopting plug-in technologies in their own fleets, utilities will be better equipped to enable their customers – including commercial fleets – to follow suit. This is an unprecedented effort by the electric utility industry to lead by example, and drive the electric vehicle market. Examples of companies making the commitment today include:

    Dayton Power & Light
    Indianapolis Power & Light
    Minnesota Power
    Superior Water, Light and Power Co
    Ameren Illinois
    Ameren Missouri
    AEP Ohio
    AEP Texas
    Appalachian Power
    Indiana Michigan Power
    Kentucky Power
    Public Service Company of Oklahoma
    Southwestern Electric Power Company
    Avista Utilities
    MidAmerican Energy Company
    NV Energy
    Pacific Power
    Rocky Mountain Power
    CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
    Consumers Energy
    Consolidated Edison Co of New York
    Pike County Light & Power Company
    Rockland Electric Company
    DTE Electric
    Duke Energy Carolinas
    Duke Energy Florida
    Duke Energy Indiana
    Duke Energy Kentucky
    Duke Energy Ohio
    Duke Energy Progress
    Southern California Edison
    Empire District Electric Company
    Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
    Commonwealth Edison Co.
    PECO Energy
    Florida Public Utilities
    Kansas City Power & Light Company
    Green Mountain Power Corporation
    Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc.
    Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.
    Maui Electric Company, Ltd.
    Central Maine Power
    New York State Electric & Gas
    Rochester Gas & Electric
    Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
    National Grid
    Florida Power & Light Company
    Connecticut Light and Power
    NSTAR
    Public Service of New Hampshire
    Western Massachusetts Electric Co.
    Atlantic City Electric
    Delmarva Power
    Pepco
    Pacific Gas & Electric Company
    Arizona Public Service Company
    Public Service Co. of New Mexico
    Texas-New Mexico Power Company
    Portland General Electric
    Kentucky Utilities
    Louisville Gas & Electric
    PPL Electric Utilities Corporation
    PSEG Long Island
    Public Service Electric and Gas Company
    Puget Sound Energy
    Alabama Power Company
    Georgia Power Company
    Gulf Power Company
    Mississippi Power Company
    Tampa Electric Company
    Westar Energy
    We Energies

Leading U.S. Organizations Stepping Up To The Workplace Charging Challenge: The Energy Department’s Workplace Charging Challenge encourages America’s employers to commit to providing EV charging access for their workforce.  After the home, the workplace is the most likely place a vehicle will spend time parked – a significant opportunity to expand our nation’s charging infrastructure. In fact, the ability to charge at work can potentially double a PEV driver's all-electric daily commuting range. The Workplace Charging Challenge has grown to 150 members since its launch in January 2013 with 13 founding members.  Today, 61 new businesses, non-profits, and universities are joining the challenge:

    Advocate Health Care
    AeroVironment, Inc.
    Arkansas Power Electronics
    Atlanta Regional Commission
    Avista Utilities
    BECO South
    BMW North America
    City of Palm Springs
    College of Lake County
    Conrad N Hilton Foundation
    Consumers Energy
    Duro-Last
    El Camino Real Charter High School
    Electric Power Research Institute(EPRI)
    EMD Serono
    EV Grid
    Evolution Marketing
    Great River Energy (GRE)
    Green Cab VT
    Green Mountain Power
    Green Wheels
    Hannah Solar
    Harvard University
    Heartland Community College
    IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
    Kaiser Permanente
    Kankakee Community College
    Kaskaskia College
    KEMET
    Kohl's
    Legrand
    Leviton
    Lewis and Clark Community College
    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
    Melink Corp
    Mitsubishi
    Northern Illinois University
    Pacific Gas & Electric
    Pat's Garage
    Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc.
    PJM Interconnection
    Pomona College
    PPL Electric Utilities
    Prairie State College
    Rockwood Lithium
    SAS Institute
    SemaConnect
    State of Illinois
    Telefonix Inc.
    Township High School District 214
    UL LLC
    University of California Los Angeles - Smart Grid Energy Research Center
    University of Louisville
    University of Maine
    University of North Carolina at Pembroke
    University of Vermont
    Vermont Energy Investment Corp
    Volkswagen Group of America
    Westar Energy
    Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
    Zero Motorcycles Inc.

Enhancing Aggregated Purchasing To Simplify EV Adoption: The U.S. Department of Energy is also announcing a Notice of Intent to support new, competitively-awarded projects of up to $2 million, to enable aggregated purchases of EVs and other advanced technology vehicles. Aggregated purchasing maximizes customers’ collective buying power by taking advantage of volume pricing and helps provide manufacturers with an assured sales base. Often when attempting to assemble themselves into groups to aggregate purchasing power, companies run into hurdles that inhibit their ability to coordinate—for example the lack of innovative financing mechanisms that allow a diverse group of companies to participate. This funding would help pay for that coordination function and create additional models of successful aggregate purchases that could be applied by other groups. Aggregated purchasing provides an opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers to lower costs through assured purchases and for fleet operators and other customers to benefit from more favorable pricing.

Today’s actions build on substantial progress.  Since President Obama took office, the number of Federal fleet EVs in operation has grown significantly from only 57 in FY 2009 to nearly 4,000 in FY 2013, and the number of hybrid electric vehicles in the Federal fleet has grown significantly from fewer than 1,800 in FY 2008 to nearly 16,000 in FY 2013.  Just last week, the Los Angeles Air Force Base became the first Federal facility to replace 100 percent of its general purpose vehicle fleet with plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). With 42 vehicles and charging stations, LA Air Force Base represents the largest PEV vehicle fleet on a federal facility -- and the largest Vehicle to Grid (V2G) demonstration in the world. Eight states have also committed to putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025, in part by including them in their own public fleets.

 

Source: WhiteHouse.gov