State Energy Plan

Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Initiative

In coordination with the Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition, the Energy Office has launched an Electric Vehicle (EV) Stakeholder Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to facilitate a broad, collaborative statewide discussion among stakeholders to explore the opportunities to advance EV deployment in the state.
 

Background:

In 2019, the SC Office of Regulatory staff held a stakeholder meeting to discuss Duke Energy’s applications filed with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina for an EV pilot project (Application for Approval of Proposed Electric Transportation Pilot and an Accounting Order to Defer Capital and Operating Expenses). While this meeting was designed to focus on Duke Energy’s application, there was broad support among stakeholders for continued discussions on statewide EV electrification – outside the scope of the applications. This statewide EV Stakeholder Initiative is intended to provide a process and forum for broader discussion.
 

Initiative:

We anticipate holding the first EV Stakeholder Initiative kickoff meeting once survey responses are compiled and the initial data collection is complete. Components of this initiative include:
  • conduct an EV baseline assessment,
  • hold EV educational workshops, and
  • evaluate EV advancement opportunities.

Survey request:

As a first step, we are requesting your input on a variety of topics related to EV electrification via an online survey. Information from this survey will be used to inform potential workshop topics and working groups to discuss and make recommendations on EV programs and policies.
TAKE THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE STAKEHOLDER INITIATIVE SURVEY (link TBD)
 
This survey should only take about 10 minutes. Survey responses will be aggregated and presented along with data from the baseline assessment at a future workshop. Feel free to forward this survey link to others so that we can gather the most comprehensive information from stakeholders throughout the state.
 

 
*More information:
Altering “road use” fees
Some state legislatures have sought special annual fees from owners of electric vehicles to make up for declining gas tax revenues, caused primarily by the effects of inflation and further accelerated by improving national fleetwide automotive fuel economy.
 
Altering the current definition of “electrical utility” and providing specific electric-vehicle utility rates.
The current definition of an “electrical utility” would include electric vehicle charging infrastructure if the site host were to charge users of the station by the kWh. This would make electric vehicle charging infrastructure a regulated utility. Exemptions have been put in place in other states to allow for the sale of electricity directly from the charging station to the user.
 
Electric vehicle-ready building codes or ordinances
Electric vehicle building codes are the rules and regulations that dictate how electric car charging stations must be constructed in residential and commercial buildings. Examples:
  • A requirement that each parking spot must have a dedicated electrical circuit with the capacity to eventually become a charging station; OR
  • A law that requires a percentage of spaces in private and/or public parking facilities be designed and built with the necessary infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles. These requirements often include the necessary space to install an EV charging station, conduit, wiring, and electrical voltage capacity.