Maryland utilities propose $104M program to support expansion of EV charging network
In a recent report, The Baltimore Sun has revealed that utility companies in Maryland have proposed a $104 million program to help the state achieve its ambitious goal of putting 300,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2025, by expanding the EV charging network.
The program proposed by Maryland utility companies is being supported by environmental groups and other stakeholders. The proposal is presently pending before Maryland’s Public Service Commission.
As a result of the proposed program, the state-wide network of EV charging stations in Maryland will comprise 24,000 public, residential, and workplace charging stations. The expanded network of EV charging stations in Maryland will be the second-biggest EV charging network in the US, after California.
The proposed $104 million for the program will be generated by the utility companies from their customers who will be required to pay an additional 25-42 cents every month to support the state’s efforts to expand the charging-station network for electric vehicles plying on the state roads.
About the proposed contribution of Maryland’s utility companies to the State’s efforts to expand its EV charging network, Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.’s Energy Efficiency Programs’ Manager John Murach said that the move will essentially mark “an extension of the service” currently offered by the utilities. He further added: “We deliver energy to our customers; we’ll be delivering the fuel for their vehicles.”
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