Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) said recently the utility expects the number of EVs in its service territory will more than double by year-end 2023, from about 3,800 currently to 7,800 by the end of next year. State regulators in November 2021 approved PNM’s $9.1 million transportation electrification program, which includes incentives for charging infrastructure and multiple new rates for commercial and residential customers.
The PNM program includes monetary incentives for customers to install residential chargers, and includes funds for low and moderate-income customers to cover up to $2,000 of their costs. There also are time-of-use rate adjustments, allowing customers to charge their EVs overnight for about 3¢/kWh, to incentivize charging at non-peak times for electricity demand.
California officials recently announced TECH Clean California, a $120 million initiative to support the market for cleaner and more-efficient space and water heating technologies. The group’s single-family electrification incentives program seeks to activate the supply chain for clean heating appliances, providing incentives through contractors for the installation of heat pump space and water heating in single-family homes. The program includes contractor engagement, outreach, and training. It already has reached out to hundreds of contractors, hosting events with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and water heater distributors, and collaborating with manufacturers, distributors, utilities, and contractor trainers.
New York officials have said they want the state to have a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, including eliminating building and transportation emissions. State lawmakers are considering legislation that would ensure all new building construction reaches zero emissions by 2027, as part of an effort to develop two million “electrified or electrification-ready homes” by 2030, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul. The state also wants to make all new school buses electric by 2027, and convert the existing 50,000 bus fleet to be zero-emission by 2035. Ben Prochazka, executive director of the Washington, D.C.–based Electrification Coalition, a group that promotes EV adoption, in a statement called the plan “bold but achievable.”
“Electric school buses are here and ready to be deployed, and it’s exciting to see New York seize the moment,” Prochazka said. “This is a meaningful step toward realizing the national security, public health, and economic benefits that electric vehicles offer.”
Hochul’s building electrification plan will, among other things, “require zero on-site greenhouse gas emissions for new construction no later than 2027,” and would “upgrade New York’s appliance efficiency standards, reducing energy use while saving New Yorkers billions of dollars in utility costs.” The plan will also establish a “green electrification fund” to electrify low-income homes through a new $25 billion, five-year housing capital plan managed by the state office of Homes and Community Renewal.