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Goldilocks and the Grid: Creating “No Regrets” State Policies and Regulations for Electric Vehicles

Vincent Musco, Craig Roach, Nicolás Puga, and Glenn R. George
May 2019
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Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) across the United States have been inundated with applications, proposals, and requests related to electric vehicles (EVs) and related infrastructure. As the pace and scope of these proposals intensifies, it is essential for PUCs to develop pragmatic, incremental policies to guide their decisions on the torrent of proposals that will come their way so they can avoid the risks of stranded investment while not missing out on what EVs can offer. There are actionable steps PUCs can take to develop such policies.

Stages in Developing a No-Regrets EV Policy
The steps in each stage encourage a proactive approach that allows PUCs to address EV issues as they arise and evolve.

The three stages reflect the fact that some PUCs are already well under way in addressing EVs. Stage 1 is recognizing the learning curve involved with EVs and taking steps to deepen the understanding. Stage 2 is defining the core principles for all PUC policies, including EVs. And Stage 3 is pursuing actions consistent with core regulatory principles.


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