The pageantry of fleet electrification is over. Time to start spending.
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- Oct 23, 2020 9:21 pm GMTOct 23, 2020 6:51 pm GMT
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Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made headlines when he committed to phasing gas-powered cars out of the state's new automobile market. The ambitious executive order was met with celebration from groups battling climate change, as well as groans from those debating the practicality of the effort. The truth is, without dramatic investments from the state on its electricity grid, the state will fall woefully short of Newsom's commitment.
Wildfires have dominated much of California news, especially news regarding electric utilities, transmission technology and grid modernization. The state, known for prolonged rolling blackouts and power shutoffs for the safety of customers, has massive grid problems. What do we think will happen when much of the state's residents depend on grid electricity for transportation?
Before Newsom's announcement, California needed significant grid investment. A commitment to new fleet electrification in 15 years only exacerbates that need and California and the federal government will have to begin outlining plans for state-of-the-art grid systems for this plan to work. Otherwise, Newsom's plan will only be another unfunded mandate coming from a top elected official.