As the market for electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States continues to grow, states are beginning to pay more attention to the issues that arise. Although no one state agency has clear responsibility for it, utility commissions are taking their first steps toward determining how best to prepare for, accommodate and promote this transition.

They are meeting with sister state agencies to learn what the others are thinking about these changes. They are also meeting with and learning from stakeholders to educate themselves about transportation electrification and the various issues that will need to be addressed to promote beneficial outcomes and avoid unnecessary challenges. Regulators are reviewing utility proposals to support electrified transportation. This paper looks at these efforts and identifies insights and lessons learned by utility commissions across the country that are taking their first steps.