RALEIGH – Duke Energy plans to launch a $25 million pilot program for electric vehicle charging stations as well as replacing some diesel-powered school buses.
However, the plan as approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission last week and announced Monday is only a third the size as Duke proposed in early 2019.
The commission also calls for Duke to “create a stakeholder process to craft other programs to spur future EV adoption in the state.”
“There were a number of intervenors who could be involved: environmental and clean energy groups – plus EV charging companies,” a spokesperson for Duke Energy says.
Highlights of the program include as summarized by the utility:
Duke Energy will install, own and operate a total of 160 public Level 2 charging stations at public destinations to encourage EV adoption. The company will collect utilization and other load characteristics to understand potential grid and utility impacts.
Duke Energy will install, own and operate 40 publicly accessible direct current fast charging stations throughout North Carolina.
It will install, own and operate up to 80 Level 2 charging stations for residents of multifamily dwellings — providing easy access to EV charging for non-homeowners throughout the state.
It will help replace 30 older, diesel school buses with zero-emission school buses in public school transportation systems. The funding will be up to $215,000 per bus on a first-come, first-served basis to school districts.