It’s a busy time for electric transportation in North Carolina. We frequently share updates on new charging stations, manufacturing facilities, grant programs and vehicle options, but over the coming weeks, we’ll be writing about a topic less in the public eye but every bit as important: the recent flurry of regulatory activity. Specifically, we’ll be focusing on:
We start with the Commission’s Order Approving Customer Operated EVSE Tariffs with Conditions, issued August 8, 2023.
TLDR: Duke Energy has been granted the ability to offer customer solutions for “charging as a service.” Rather than having site hosts own and operate charging equipment, this tariff program will give customers — residential and non-residential — the opportunity to essentially rent this equipment for a monthly fee from Duke Energy; Duke Energy will own, operate and maintain it. Capital costs are a burden and obstacle for EV drivers and potential site hosts hoping to deploy charging. New mechanisms for offering stations will increase charging access across the state. Notably, this program is funded only by participants and not by Duke Energy’s customer base at large.
The Deeper Dive: After the Commission’s approval with conditions, Duke Energy Carolinas LLC and Duke Energy Progress LLC (collectively, “Duke Energy”) filed compliance tariffs that provide more insight into what customers can expect.
If you’re interested in offering charging at your company, organization, local government or campus facilities but aren’t sure what your options are, our parent company, Advanced Energy, can help.