Electric vehicles are not expected to present roadblocks for Florida’s electric grid over the next 10-year planning period and will reduce dependency on foreign oil, according to a Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) report released today.
Directed by the 2012 Florida Legislature, the PSC conducted a study of the potential effects of public charging stations and privately-owned electric vehicle charging on both energy consumption and the impact on the electric grid.
“Electric vehicles are gaining popularity and more are traveling our highways and roads in the Sunshine State,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. "We"re pleased to have researched the potential impact of these vehicles on the electric grid and provide our findings to Governor Scott, Senate President Gaetz, and House Speaker Weatherford for further review.”
The PSC requested data about electric vehicles and charging stations from Florida’s electric utilities and conducted independent research. To provide a discussion forum about electric vehicle charging, PSC staff held a workshop in September. Participants included the Electric Power Research Institute, General Motors Company, General Electric Company, SPX Corporation, the Florida Solar Energy Center, four Florida investor-owned utilities, and the Orlando Utilities Commission.
For more information on the PSC’s Report on Electric Vehicle Charging, go to http://www.floridapsc.com/ElectricNaturalGas/ElectricVehicles.
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