Atlantic City Electric took another major step today in what it described as its “efforts to address climate change,” proposing new programs and services that are expected to expand access to clean electric transportation options across South Jersey.
In a filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the company outlined its plans to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, offer rebates and special rates for residents and businesses, and help electrify public transportation. The new proposal expands on an initial program proposed in 2018 to reflect new goals laid out in the State’s Draft Energy Master Plan and to better support the growing EV market.
Earlier this year, while providing comments on New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan, Atlantic City Electric Region President Gary Stockbridge outlined the company’s role in achieving a clean energy future, explaining how the company’s modern energy grid will serve as a reliable common platform, connecting customers to more energy services and technologies, like EVs, that will improve their lives and create more sustainable, vibrant and livable communities.
“Our energy grid is the central platform for deploying solutions to tackle climate change,” said Stockbridge. “This bold and multifaceted EV filing shows how we can use our unique footprint across the region to collaboratively bring new clean energy services to our customers and connect all the communities we serve to sustainable transportation options that will power a cleaner and brighter future for South Jersey.”
Under the expanded proposal, Atlantic City Electric would implement several key offerings:
As EVs become more popular, EV charging in New Jersey is projected to grow electricity consumption by 30 percent by 2035. Growing demand for EVs requires more charging infrastructure and enhancements to the state’s electric infrastructure. Atlantic City Electric’s new services are designed to expand needed public EV charging options and help the company proactively understand customers’ charging needs and behaviors, so it can support future deployment of EV infrastructure and avoid potentially costly infrastructure gaps in the local energy grid.
“Atlantic City Electric’s new filing is appropriate, necessary and timely given multiple state goals,” said Pamela Frank, CEO of ChargEVC. “Simply stated, without utility involvement in developing charging infrastructure, we have no chance of meeting our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and EV goals. This is a lesson we learn from states with leading EV markets. It will take both utility and private sector involvement for New Jersey to make good on its goals. The charging infrastructure proposed in this filing is an important step in getting more EVs on our roads.”
Expanding clean electric transportation options is critical to meeting New Jersey’s environmental goals. Transportation is the largest source of GHG emissions in New Jersey, with tailpipe emissions accounting for nearly half of all GHG emissions in the state. Atlantic City Electric’s expanded proposal will support broader electrification of the transportation sector, helping advance the growing EV industry and supporting New Jersey in its goals of putting 330,000 EVs on the road by 2025 and reducing GHG emissions 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050.
“Transportation accounts for more than 40 percent of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions footprint. Along with other transformations, including increased use of public transit, walking, biking, and carpooling, promoting the increased use of electric vehicles and the installation of associated infrastructure is imperative,” said Trina Mallik, Climate Change and Energy Policy manager, The Nature Conservancy’s New Jersey chapter. “Residents, businesses, municipalities, hospitals, universities, and others must accelerate the transition to electric vehicle use for New Jersey to realize the environmental, health and economic benefits of a clean energy future.”
Similar to other energy services and investments Atlantic City Electric makes in the local energy grid, these new services will be paid for through delivery charges on customer bills. It is expected to cost approximately $42.1 million, or about 54 cents on the monthly bill for the typical Atlantic City Electric residential customer using 679 kWh per month. Investing in EV programs and services now will help New Jersey prepare for the economic opportunities connected to the emerging EV market.
“We applaud Atlantic City Electric’s commitment to embracing the transition to electric vehicles in New Jersey,” said Marlene Z. Asselta, president, Southern New Jersey Development Council. “The EV infrastructure buildout, as proposed in the filing before the Board of Public Utilities, has something for everyone – residents, employers, visitors, commuters, communities – ensuring South Jersey is a leader in addressing concerns surrounding ‘range anxiety.’ This level of commitment will help to accelerate the growth of the EV economy in South Jersey, creating jobs and spurring economic development.”
If approved by the Board of Public Utilities, the new programs and services are expected to become available over the course of the next year following the decision.
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