Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Positive Load Growth

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) load growth may be coming sooner than you think, driven by factors beyond the utility’s control.

This development poses significant challenges for peak capacity and distribution planning, but also provides significant opportunities for environmental benefits, increased energy security, rate reductions and earnings opportunities. Based on prior work with utilities in the Western US, this brief summarizes how Freeman, Sullivan & Co. (FSC) and Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) can assist your utility in both developing a comprehensive PHEV strategy and gaining regulatory approval for a “smart charging” program. In brief, FSC and E3 can provide:

  • A robust PHEV adoption and charging forecast; 
  • An informed approach for motivating off-peak charging; and 
  • A comprehensive PHEV strategy including program design, regulatory strategy, management and regulatory approval and ultimately, program funding.

Read the PHEV White Paper