“Bluegrass” State Prepares For Electric Vehicles

The current population of the “Bluegrass State,” Kentucky is estimated to be 4.48 million people. In March 2019, state utilities used coal (71.9%), natural gas (21.7%) and renewable energy (6.4%) to generate electricity. Hydropower is the primary sources of renewable energy in Kentucky.

Kentucky is one of twenty states that doesn’t have any enforceable statewide renewable portfolio standard. However, is one of only eighteen states that offers a commercial tax incentive program for renewable energy. Although coal is still “king,” Kentucky is slowing making progress in the development of green energy.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) recently ruled that electric vehicle (EV) charging stations should not be considered utilities. The ruling removes any regulatory uncertainty, which would hinder investment in future EV charging stations.

The PSC heard testimony from nine groups, including utilities, electric cooperative and EV organizations. Although there are less than 1,500 EVs in Kentucky, the PSC believes the ruling will encourage investment in public charging stations by the private sector.

Coal is still the dominate fuel for Kentucky power plants. However, wind parks and solar parks are slowly making in roads across the state. I am hopeful that the PSC’s recent ruling on electric cars will further encourage the Bluegrass State to go green.

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