PROVIDENCE – ChargePoint, a company that designs and builds electric-vehicle charging stations that can be found all over the state, is cheering the Public Utilities Commission’s adoption of the Power Sector Transformation Initiative.
The energy-grid modernization effort calls for new gas and electric rates, along with a new model in which part of National Grid’s revenue will go toward grid efficiency that is more accommodating to things such as electric vehicles.
Kevin George Miller, director of public policy for California-based ChargePoint, calls it “an important step in advancing Gov. [Gina M.] Raimondo’s initiatives to ensure that Rhode Islanders can benefit from new, clean-energy technologies. National Grid’s program will support the deployment of hundreds of new electric-vehicle charging stations in areas where Rhode Island drivers and riders need them most – at multifamily buildings, at workplaces and transit locations,” he said in a statement.
Miller added that utilities have an important role in the transition to electric mobility, and applauded Rhode Island’s leadership in this area.
Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.