The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has signed off by a plan by Kentucky Utilities (KU) and Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) to establish company-operated public electric vehicle charging stations and to permit non-residential customers to host charging stations.
KU and LG&E are both part of PPL (NYSE:PPL).
According to information filed by KU and LG&E with their application, there are about 30 public electric vehicle charging stations in Kentucky. Twenty-one are located in either the KU or LG&E service territories, with 12 of those at auto dealerships.
KU and LG&E are proposing to install as many as 10 utility-operated charging stations in each service territory. There is no limit on the number of stations that could be installed on customer properties, the PSC said in an April 11 news release.
The charging stations will be Level 2 (medium-capacity) models that provide 10 to 20 miles of driving range per hour of charge, depending on the type of vehicle, the utilities said. The utilities have selected ChargePoint, Inc. as the charging station provider.
The order approved the rates proposed by KU and LG&E for the charging stations. The utility-operated stations will charge an hourly rate of $2.88 (KU) or $2.85 (LG&E), pro-rated to the actual time spent plugged into the charger.
Because the program is designed to pay for itself, it will have no effect on the overall rates of the two utilities.
The PSC ordered KU and LG&E to file annual reports over the next five years with details on the number and location of charging stations and their use.
The Kentucky PSC case number is 2015-00355.