Duke Energy gets approval for electric transportation pilot programs in South Carolina

Published on October 09, 2020 by Dave Kovaleski

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Duke Energy received approval from the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) for two electric transportation (ET) pilot programs.

The pilot programs stem from working group sessions and stakeholder feedback over the past two years.

“Electric vehicles are coming to South Carolina, but more investment is needed to grow the adoption of this evolving technology and the benefits it brings to the state,” Mike Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president, said. “We’re listening to our customers to ensure we understand their electrification plans and needs. These pilot programs will help prepare us to meet the challenge to ensure we can keep up with increasing demand for electrification.”

As part of the initiative, Duke Energy will install and operate 60 fast chargers across Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress South Carolina territories. The fast chargers will feature a power output of 100 kilowatts (kW) and above.

The program will also provide up to a total of $1,000 for 400 residential Duke Energy Carolinas customers who install a Level 2 charging station, provide access to their charging data, and manage EV charging load to occur during off-peak periods.

The findings from these pilot programs will be available in a final report submitted to the PSCSC. The programs start Jan. 1, 2021.