In the US state of New Mexico, utility El Paso Electric has filed a proposal with a regulator to implement its electric vehicle infrastructure projects.
The plan filed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is part of a drive by the utility to become greener and ensure a sustainable future.
The two-year plan is designed to increase the use of electric vehicles by incentivising the installation and usage of smart charging infrastructure.
Some rebate and pilot rate programmes will be implemented whilst improving consumer awareness of the benefits of EVs.
The plan includes:
- A customer outreach programme to improve familiarity and awareness of EVs, and the benefits of transportation electrification.
- Customer rebate pilot programmes for smart charging infrastructure for residential and commercial customers.
- Pilot rate options to help customers save money by charging during off-peak times.
- An electrification grid impact study to help guide EPE’s system planning efforts based on a projected increase of EV adoption and electricity consumption.
Final approval is expected in the second quarter of 2021 with a launch of the plan expected in the third quarter of 2021.
Kelly A. Tomblin, the CEO of El Paso Electric, said: “The filing of our Transportation Electrification Plan is another example of how we are transforming the energy landscape to meet the evolving needs of our customers in a safe, reliable and sustainable way.
“We are excited to work with the NMPRC Staff and Stakeholders as we move through the approval process to deliver the services our customers expect and deserve. Our plan will allow us to provide new incentives and benefits that will help support the electrification transportation evolution that is occurring for the benefit of both our customers and a cleaner environment.”