Recent News

By Month

See all

Renzo Downey

Recent Posts

Florida Politics: Florida Investing $8.5M Toward Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Posted by Renzo Downey on Jul 10, 2020

Florida Politics covered Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' announcement to allocate $8.5 million from the Volkswagen settlement to improve the state’s EV charging grid, quoting AEE's Dylan Reed. Read excerpts below and the entire FlaPol piece here. 

With funds from the Volkswagen settlement, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida is committing $8.5 million in contracts to improving the state’s electric vehicle charging grid. Florida has received $166 million from the U.S. Department of Justice’s $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen for violating the Clean Air Act. Of those funds to benefit air quality improvements, the state can spend 15%, or about $25 million, on electric vehicle charging stations. DeSantis said the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the disbursement, but touted the latest environmental protection update Friday. The 74 new fast electric charging stations could be operational within 60 days...

Read More

Topics: AEE In The News

FloridaPolitics: Ron DeSantis Signs Electric Vehicle Study, Emergency Response Staging Area Bill

Posted by Renzo Downey on Jun 9, 2020

FLAPOL covered Fla. Governor DeSantis signing SB 7018 that calls for a study of the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, quoting AEE's Dylan Reed. Read excerpts below and the entire FLAPOL piece here.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Tuesday launching a study of the state’s electric vehicle charging grid and preparing staging areas for emergency response along Florida’s turnpike system. That measure (SB 7018) would also add a “shot clock” for utility infrastructure permits, and facilitate utilities to cross rural land while protecting the environment... 

Read More

Topics: AEE In The News

Florida Politics: Two-month pit stop: EV charging station bill ready for signature

Posted by Renzo Downey on May 26, 2020

FLAPOL covered Florida's SB7018 which sets up infrastructure planning that paves the way for EVs, quoting AEE's Dylan Reed. Read excerpts below and the entire FLAPOL piece here. 

After a two-month delay during the coronavirus pandemic, a bill creating a study of the state’s electric vehicle charging grid finally hit the Governor’s desk Tuesday. Gov. Ron DeSantis has until June 11 to sign that bill (SB 7018), which would also allow the Department of Transportation (FDOT) to construct staging areas for emergency response, adds a “shot clock” for utility infrastructure permits, and create cases for utilities to cross rural land while protecting the environment.

Read More

Topics: AEE In The News

Florida Politics: House Primed to Pass EV Charging Station Expansion Study

Posted by Renzo Downey on Mar 11, 2020

Florida Politics covered the unanimous passage of SB 7018 by the Florida Senate as action moves to the House today, quoting AEE's Dylan Reed. Read excerpts below and the entire FLAPOL piece here. 

The Legislature is expected to pass legislation calling for a study on expanding the state’s electric vehicle charging grid Wednesday. That bill (SB 7018), carried through the Senate by Thonotosassa Republican Sen. Tom Lee, now looks for its final passage in the House before heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis. The measure would also allow the Department of Transportation (FDOT) to construct staging areas for emergency response, adds a “shot clock” for utility infrastructure permits, and create cases for utilities to cross rural land while protecting the environment.

Read More

Topics: AEE In The News