In 2015, VEIC conducted the New York State Grid-Interactive Vehicle Study, in partnership with Steven Letendre, PhD, Green Mountain College, for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The highlights of this study are now available.
Transportation is the second largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. – accounting for approximately 27 percent of total 2013 emissions. Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are expected from the transportation sector as electric vehicle (EV) adoption increases and transport fueling is increasingly shifted from gasoline to electricity. Additionally, emissions from power production will decline as power suppliers seek to meet renewable portfolio standards and to comply with regional greenhouse gas initiatives and new US Environmental Protection Agency regulations contained in the Clean Power Plan. A link between the transportation industry and the electric power industry is being propelled by the emergence of EVs in the marketplace.
EVs are important to clean transportation, but a shift from fossil fuels to electricity as the primary supplier of energy for transportation will likely pose new challenges for utility providers with regard to peak power management. That is, EVs represent the single largest potential new demand for electricity in several decades. But this shift also presents new opportunities that, if properly managed, could result in net economic and environmental benefits.
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