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Forecasts predict growing power need for electric vehicles

Aug 5, 2023, 12:00 PM | Updated: Oct 4, 2023, 11:57 am

SALT LAKE CITY -- This year Utah's total percentage of electric vehicles purchased rose to its high...

FILE - An electric vehicle charges at an EVgo fast charging station in Detroit on Nov. 16, 2022. The Biden administration is proposing strict new automobile pollution limits that would require as many as two-thirds of new vehicles sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2032 — a nearly tenfold increase over current EV sales, according to an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday, April 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — This year Utah’s total percentage of electric vehicles purchased rose to its highest we’ve seen. But with more demand for charging than ever, what does it mean for our power plant output? 

According to James Campbell with Rocky Mountain Power, they haven’t seen a noticeable uptick in demand. However, forecasts for future EV usage predict the need will grow faster than before.

“The most important aspect isn’t just that… these are new demands,” Campbell explained. “It’s when are people charging?”

Plans to increase charging stations have already begun with a goal to travel and charge anywhere in Utah. A study conducted by the University of Utah shows our current system can handle as much as 50% EV adoption, which we’re nowhere near yet. This untapped potential may not remain unused much longer. 

“The grid is going to get cleaner and cleaner in the next 10 to 20 years,” said Campbell. 

Their goal is a net-zero clean energy future by 2032. With this goal of adding renewable energy resources to the fold, we should be prepared and can hope for a better environment to live in.

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