Electric VehiclesIREC advances regulatory policies and publishes resources that support the equitable expansion of electric vehicles.
Electric vehicles, which are rapidly growing in popularity, have an important role to play in decarbonizing the U.S. economy. Transportation electrification will be essential to achieving state and federal clean energy and climate targets. Electric vehicles (EVs) can provide a myriad of benefits. These range from reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions to vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services that can support the more efficient operation of the electric grid.
Paving the Way for Electric Vehicles
IREC’s Paving the Way paper series covers three key topics related to electric vehicles (EVs): vehicle-to-grid (V2G) standards, equitable shared mobility programs, and EV charger interconnection timelines. In this series, IREC provides pathways and considerations for transitioning to electrified transportation in a manner that is equitable, efficient, and beneficial to the grid.
Paving the Way: Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Standards for Electric Vehicles (January 2022)
- In Paving the Way: Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Standards for Electric Vehicles, we review the status of V2G standards and any gaps that need to be addressed to unlock the capabilities of V2G-enabled equipment.
Paving the Way: Enabling Equitable Electric Vehicle Shared Mobility Programs (February 2022)
- In Paving the Way: Enabling Equitable Electric Vehicle Shared Mobility Programs, with a focus on utility- and Public Service Commission-led programs, we highlight existing programs that are demonstrating the importance of building equity into shared mobility and EV infrastructure programs and offer suggestions on key considerations for program success.
Paving the Way: Emerging Best Practices for EV Charger Interconnection (forthcoming April 2022)
- In Paving the Way: Emerging Best Practices for EV Charger Interconnection, we discuss the strategies that states and utilities can use to streamline the interconnection of EV charging infrastructure.
Other IREC Work on EVs
IREC’s work related to EVs includes our regulatory engagement to advance sound policies and regulatory rules for distributed energy resources (DERs), including EVs. One example is our work to advance the use of hosting capacity analyses (HCAs), a grid transparency tool that provides a snapshot in time of the conditions on a utility’s distribution grid that reflect its ability to “host” additional DERs at specific locations. In addition to showing where the grid can host DERs like solar that generate electricity, HCAs can also be useful for siting resources like EV charging infrastructure that draw electricity from the grid.