Thank you for your confidence in NATSO and for your support this year. In 2022, NATSO worked on your behalf.
With state electric vehicle charging plans due to the U.S. Department of Transportation in early August, NATSO pushed for policies to ensure that truckstops, travel centers and fuel retailers can profitably invest in electric vehicle charging stations.
The Charge Ahead Partnership, of which NATSO is a member, submitted comments in all 50 states urging state transportation departments to ensure that any EV plans encourage private-sector investment in EV charging.
NATSO also submitted comments on the Federal Highway Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which will set proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.
We also continue to push back against utilities that are imposing high demand charges on fuel retailers or who unfairly charge customers a higher monthly fee to cover their EV investments, while we put capital at risk.
The Charge Ahead Partnership hosted a nationwide media call to educate the public about the challenges that the industry faces as it seeks to invest in electric vehicle charging stations.
NATSO Board Member Raina Shoemaker of Shoemaker’s Travel Center in Lincoln, Neb., participated in that call, highlighting her inability to profit on EV charging amid high utility demand charges. Utilities apply demand charges based on the maximum amount of power commercial ratepayers use at any point during their billing cycle. If just one customer plugs their EV in causing power demand to spike, a store would be billed at the peak demand level for the entire month.
We applaud Raina for stepping forward and publicly sharing her story; and we encourage others to do the same. It is critical to have members like Raina keep our issues in front of the public and lawmakers at the state and federal level.
Our message is being heard. Raina’s comments were reported in both national and regional publications, from the Wall Street Journal and Axios, down to the Indiana News and Tribune.
Congress also passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which will affect our industry. This energy, healthcare and tax package contains many changes that we will all feel in various ways.
It includes additional taxes on corporations, offers new incentives for consumer EV purchases and addresses emission reductions at fossil fuel power plants.
It extended the biodiesel tax credit, but ultimately provided a higher tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel, which competes for the same feedstocks. NATSO will continue to advocate for parity between the credits and push a legislative solution that will ensure technology neutral energy tax credits.
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