Kuster Calls for Action To Lower Costs, Promote Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Agriculture Committee Hearing
Washington, January 12, 2022
**Kuster is a strong advocate for expanding the country’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Congress through her role on the Energy and Commerce Committee**
**The full Committee hearing is available HERE**
Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, questioned transportation and energy experts about building out our nation’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in a full Committee hearing entitled, “Implications of Electric Vehicle Investments for Agriculture and Rural America.” During the hearing, Rep. Kuster highlighted the financial burden that demand charges, a fee included in the electric bills for non-residential electric customers, can pose to operating EV charging stations.
“The transportation sector is the number one source of carbon emissions in the United States — transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs) will help our country reduce carbon emissions and harmful pollutants as we decarbonize our electric grid,” said Rep. Kuster. “In order to support this transition, we need to build a robust network of charging stations across the country, in both urban and rural communities, and ensure there is a business case to operate EV charging stations. That starts with ensuring demand charges accurately reflect the costs EV chargers impose on the electric system.”
Kuster is a strong advocate for expanding the country’s EV infrastructure in Congress. In February 2021, Kuster cosponsored the Electric Vehicles for Underserved Communities Act, legislation directing the Department of Energy to expand access to EV charging in underserved communities by establishing an Electric Vehicle Charging Equity Program to create 200,000 charging stations nationwide in underserved communities by 2030.