North Carolina Passes Bill to Boost Private Investment in Electric Vehicle Chargers

North Carolina lawmakers approved a measure on July 8 allowing charging stations to resell kilowatt-hours purchased from an electric utility to the public, in a bid to encourage private investment in charging infrastructure. The bill determines that operators of these stations are not public utilities. Under the legislation, charging stations must be immobile and entities…

Xcel’s Revenue Decoupling Program Saves $13 Million for Minnesota Electric Customers

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on June 25 approved Xcel Energy Inc.’s 2018 rate adjustments for its revenue decoupling mechanism, which results in bill credits totaling $13 million for residential and small business customers that are subject to the program. The adjustment is calculated to match the actual electric revenue per customer to the level…

New Jersey Unveils Draft Plan for 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2050

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has released the draft version of the 2019 Energy Master Plan, which provides a blueprint made up of seven strategies for achieving the state’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emission by at least 80 percent compared to 2006 levels,…

Colorado Enacts Suite of Climate, Energy Bills, Building Path Toward 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Democratic Governor Jared Polis on May 30 signed a slate of bills that will transform the state’s energy and environmental landscape, and unveiled a roadmap for the state to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. Among the measures, House Bill 19-1261, the centerpiece of the state’s climate policy, sets a goal of achieving emission…

SoCal Edison Launches $360 Million Charging Program for Commercial Vehicles

Southern California Edison on May 20 rolled out its Charge Ready Transport program, which aims to add charging stations for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles in at least 870 commercial sites within the utility’s service territory. The utility plans to install infrastructure to support nearly 8,500 industrial vehicles over a five-year period. The utility said…

EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – States Lean on Utilities to Foster the Rise of Electric Vehicles

The unabating momentum of electric vehicle (EV) growth has prompted regulators and legislators to examine policies and standards of utilities regarding charging infrastructure. Utilities can assume a larger role in developing EV charging because of their ability to install and operate widely distributed electrical assets.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks Extension of Tax Credit for Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles

Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, along with Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins have introduced the Driving America Forward Act (S.1094), which will expand the electric vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell tax credit. The bipartisan legislation seeks to raise the current cap of 200,000 vehicles per manufacturer by an additional 400,000, allowing more consumers to reap a $7,000…

Montana Lawmakers Pass Legislation Allowing Utility Participation in Electric Vehicle Market

The Montana legislature on April 8 approved a bill that aims to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state by allowing utilities to sell power to private entities operating charging stations in their service territories. The bill would also determine that these operators are not public utilities. (HB 456) Under the legislation, charges pertaining…

Utah Puts $4 Million Volkswagen Settlement Funds Towards Electric Vehicle Charging Projects

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality selected 18 government entities to receive funding for electric vehicle charging projects from the state’s $35 million share of the Volkswagen Clean Diesel settlement, according to an April 1 press release. Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, designated the department to oversee the allocation of settlement funds. The DEQ decided to put 11 percent,…

North Carolina Bill Seeks to Make Electric Vehicle Charging Fees More Predictable

A bill introduced on March 11 by Republican Representatives John Szoka, Dean Arp, Bobby Hanig, and Harry Warren seeks to allow charging to resell kilowatt-hours originally purchased from an electric utility, in a bid to spur more private investment into electric charging infrastructure around the state and more North Carolinians to drive electric. Currently, operators…

PacifiCorp Proposes $22 Million Portfolio of Innovative Programs to Enhance Grid Management

Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, proposed three innovative utility programs to explore vehicle-to-grid power flow management, study the value of behind-the-meter grid optimized solar-plus-battery installations, and improve outage response by deploying line sensor technology on distribution circuits, according to a March 8 filing with the Utah Public Service Commission. The initiatives form the…...

Tesla Finds New York’s Incentive Program Discriminates Against Its Charging Technology

Tesla Inc. on Feb. 28 requested rehearing of the New York Public Service Commission’s order approving an incentive program for electric vehicle charging stations, finding that the agency’s definition of “publicly accessible” stations disqualifies Tesla’s charging technology without any rational basis. The commission, in its Feb. 7 order adopting an annual declining per-plug incentive program,…