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CEOs Herald NEHC Progress at CERAWeek

During CERAWeek by S&P Global—a gathering of international energy executives held March 7-11 in Houston—two key electric company leaders provided an update on the NEHC’s progress in a discussion entitled “Charging Fast! Electrifying America’s Highways.” The session was moderated by Tim Gardner, S&P vice president of consulting.

“Through EEI, we’ve been working hard to make sure that we’re sharing best practices and thoughts on how we as electric companies can support the transition to electric vehicles,” said Pedro J. Pizarro, EEI vice chairman and president and CEO, Edison International. “Forecasts say we may see nearly 22 million EVs on U.S. roads by 2030—that’s only eight years from now. Clearly, there is a need to make sure we have a highway system that can support EV charging and the customer experience.”

“The industry is all in [on EV charging],” agreed Calvin Butler, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, Exelon Corporation. “Our role is to partner with states and communities on federal funding. Each jurisdiction will do it differently, but electric companies will provide guidance and planning.”

Stay tuned for more updates from CERAWeek in an upcoming issue of Electric Perspectives.

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