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- Calvin G. Butler
The electric power industry is in the midst of a dramatic transformation driven by technology, policy, and regulatory change. Wind, solar, and energy storage are growing rapidly and reshaping power supply. Meanwhile, greater electrification is expected to have widespread demand-side impacts. Wholesale power markets are evolving to accommodating the shifting landscape, but further adaptation will be necessary to maintain reliable and resilient markets. What will become of energy markets in a low-carbon future? What new pricing mechanisms may emerge? Are there limits to what markets can achieve? What lessons about market design have we already learned?
Widespread adoption of electric vehicles will depend on a vastly expanded electric charging infrastructure, capable of supporting EVs wherever they go, however long the trip. The Edison Electric Institute recently announced the formation of the National Electric Highway Coalition to provide fast-charging ports along all major U.S. transportation corridors by the end of 2023. More than 50 U.S. electric utilities have joined this collaborative effort. In this session two of the industry’s leading executives will discuss how the coalition came about, how it will accomplish its purpose, and what opportunities are provided by the electrification of American mobility on a national scale.