Can a region be a leader and not-so-much a leader in energy at the same time? Yes. That was suggested about the Southeast.
Automakers have put plants across the Southeast, much to the delight of economic developers. Electric vehicles (EV) are the future of car makers. That is great news for the Southeast.
On the other hand, policymakers and regulators are not moving forward on EV policy making in the Southeast, according to some.
Bottom line: An area that can be a leader in the production of EVs may not be the area where it is easy to use EVs in everyday life.
“The challenge in part is that state utility regulators are entering an unfamiliar world of vetting and approving programs that could spur widespread charging infrastructure, a key part in getting more EVs on the road,” said an electric industry magazine.
“What’s more, public service commissioners will have to work with a whole group of new faces from a massive industry they don’t even regulate — automotive.”
The article notes that North Carolina has a broad clean energy outline on the table, but without legislative legs yet.
A Duke Energy electric transportation exec said in the article, “The biggest risk in the Southeast is that we’re not moving fast enough. The risk that’s being ignored is the risk of not doing anything.”
The article is worth a read.
This is an example of something ECC has noted: The power industry is changing in the blink of an eye, in an industry that has not been known for fast-paced transformation. That is changing. It must change. A good place to start is to forge new kinds of teamwork to understand and adopt electrification technologies that help consumers and the environment.