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Utility Dive: Florida, Utah, Washington approve bills to boost EVs

Posted by Robert Walton | Utility Dive on Mar 16, 2020

Utility Dive covered recent passage of the EV bill passed in Florida (and other states) quoting AEE's Dylan Reed. Read excerpts below and the entire UD piece here. 

Utah lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation that would allow Rocky Mountain Power to invest $50 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as part of the state's effort to grow adoption of emissions-free transportation. House Bill 396 now heads to Republican Gov. Gary Herbert's desk, where advocates say he is likely to sign it. Similarly, Florida lawmakers on Wednesday passed Senate Bill 7018 which directs the state's Department of Transportation to consult with the Public Service Commission, Office of Energy and other stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for electric vehicle infrastructure expansion. And in Washington, lawmakers on March 9 passed legislation to adopt California's existing zero-emissions vehicle mandate and require the state reach 8% EV sales by 2025...

Florida lawmakers took a similar approach, passing Senate Bill 7018 which directs state agencies to develop a long-term charging infrastructure plan. The Florida House voted 97-19 in favor of the measure on Thursday, following a 38-0 vote by the Senate the previous week. The bill now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The legislation is "an important step" toward boosting the use of EVs in the Sunshine State, Advanced Energy Economy Director Dylan Reed said in a statement. “Regulatory certainty for electric vehicle charging infrastructure will unlock investment in the state and make Florida a national leader on electrified transportation." Data from the U.S. Department of Energy shows Florida has about 16,600 electric vehicles registered in the state...

Read the entire UD piece here.  

Topics: AEE In The News