Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell asked the Chairman of the Department of Public Utility Control to work closely with automakers and the state’s electric utilities to make sure Connecticut encourages and can accommodate grid-charged electric vehicles.
EVs have enormous promise for helping us reduce our dependence on gasoline and cut the emissions of harmful pollutants. However, there is more to encouraging the use of EVs than simply plugging them in—we need to make sure the state’s electric infrastructure is ready for the additional demand, and we want to avoid problems that could crop up if, say, a high number of EVs are charging on a 98-degree summer day when power is at a premium for air conditioners and other devices. That is why it is important for the DPUC and our utilities to get ahead of the curve now.—Governor Rell
In her letter to DPUC Chairman Donald Downes, Governor Rell directed the agency to ensure Connecticut utilities are actively involved in the discussions.