Delmarva Power has green light to launch electric vehicle services
The Delaware Public Service Commission has approved Delmarva Power’s roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) services for residential customers and public spaces.
The utility will build public charging stations and offer a new rate option for residential customers who charge their EVs at home.
“This decision is a positive first step in meeting our customers’ growing interest in EVs and a great example of the new energy services and choices we can provide for Delawareans,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “We worked closely with our community partners to find initial EV services that would support the expansion of clean transportation options for all customers in Delaware, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration as we drive the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.”
The Edison Electric Institute projects that more than 5 million EV chargers will be required to support the projected 7 million EVs on the road across the country by 2025. Delmarva Power says this early effort is avoid running into service gaps as Delaware deploys EV infrastructure and customers adjust their habits.
Based on a settlement between Delmarva Power, Delaware Public Service Commission, and Division of the Public Advocate, Delmarva Power will install, own and maintain four new charging stations that will provide new public access to EV charging infrastructure.
All electricity provided through the chargers will be from 100 percent renewable energy sources. Their locations will be determined by Delmarva Power, Commission Staff, Division of the Public Advocate, and Delaware Department of Transportation.
“We are glad to see Delaware taking steps to prepare for the coming demand for EVs, which will better position the state to meet its environmental goals and reap the many benefits of electric transportation, including the potential reduction in local air pollution.” said Joseph Otis Minott, executive director and chief counsel for Clean Air Council. “The fact is, the future of vehicles is electric. It is vital that energy companies, like Delmarva Power, be ready and equipped to manage this shift, as there is no doubt they will play an instrumental role in the installation and maintenance of EV charging systems.”