Exelon’s (NYSE:EXC) Delmarva Power & Light, in an application recently filed with the Delaware Public Service Commission, requested approval of a voluntary program for plug-in vehicle (PIV) charging.
“Over the last several years, electric vehicle ownership has steadily increased across the country and in Delaware specifically, as the desire of Delaware residents to decrease emissions from mobile sources has increased, and PIVs have become available at competitive prices,” the company said. “In addition, the extended range options now being made available for PIVs using all-electric power has made them more popular with consumers, while also providing the range for longer trips with gasoline. As more economically priced vehicle options are entering the market they are becoming more competitive with gasoline powered vehicles. And, as the demand for PIVs continues to rise, the demand for charging infrastructure increases.”
There are about 1,000 registered PIVs in Delaware, of which 362 are all electric, the company said, adding that there are 91 public electric charging stations at 40 locations throughout the state. Between 2015 and 2016, Delaware experienced 64% growth in PIVs, and the level of PIV ownership in the state is expected to continue to grow, the company said.
Delmarva Power said that it is proposing the comprehensive PIV Program for PIV charging initiatives in Delaware, designed to be responsive to its customers’ needs, and address critical adoption barriers for PIV transportation by providing PIV education and outreach, off peak charging, and PIV infrastructure solutions to reduce range anxiety.
The company said that the PIV Program consists of six offerings for PIV charging in Delaware:
- Offering 1 – Residential – whole house time-of-use – Schedule “R-PIV” rate (single meter). This offering permits standard offer service (SOS) residential customers with PIVs to choose a discounted “whole house” rate that offers the customer easy entry into a new rate and the ability to charge during off-peak hours
- Offering 2 – Residential customers with existing, installed electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) – receive monetary credit with a “FleetCarma” © device. With this offering, residential customers with existing PIVs and installed EVSEs would have the option of using a “FleetCarma” © device that is plugged into their PIV and which provides the customer with useful data on usage location, time, and amount of charge that the company can also use for learning purposes
- Offering 3 – Residential customers without an installed EVSE – Schedule “PIV” rate and smart Level 2 EVSEs with a second meter. This offering provides for installation of up to 50 smart Level 2 charging stations or EVSEs for qualified residential customers on a first-come, first-serve basis
- Offering 4 – Multi-family dwelling units with dedicated on-site parking, currently without an existing EVSE – Schedule “SGS ND-PIV” rate and installation of 10 Level 2 EVSEs. This offering consists of providing 50% of the cost of the EVSE for up to 10 smart Level 2 EVSEs for qualified customers who own or operate condominium/apartment complexes where dedicated parking can be made available for PIV charging infrastructure, where at least three Delaware registered PIV owners reside
- Offering 5 – Public charging corridor installation in Delaware – two direct current fast chargers (DCFC) – Schedule “MGS-S-PIV.” In coordination with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), this offering consists of the installation of up to two DCFC along the main transportation corridor sites within Delmarva’s service territory
- Offering 6 – Public charging neighborhood installation in Delaware – two Level 2 EVSE stations – Schedule “MGS-S-PIV.” This offering would consist of the installation of up to two Level 2 chargers installed in an appropriate neighborhood location within Delmarva Power’s Delaware service territory
The company noted, for instance, that the offerings being made available to residential customers, which include Schedules “PIV,” and “SGS ND-PIV,” the rates were designed based upon the current rates in effect for those customer classes. The “PIV” rate consists of a $11.70 customer charge, which is equal to the customer charge for Rate Classification “R” or residential customers, the company said.
Delmarva Power said that it will seek competitive bids and will leverage technology investments in order to deliver value to its customers. As proposed, the total cost of the PIV Program is estimated to be about $1.7m. The total cost excluding those costs borne by customers, such as the cost-sharing for EVSEs and installations, is about $1.5m, the company added.
Through the PIV Program, in addition to providing charging infrastructure, the company said that it is looking to incentivize at home and off-peak charging and energy use management; obtain information to understand the potential impacts that an increase in the adoption and saturation of PIVs may have on the electric distribution system in Delaware and mitigate such impacts; as well as test and validate various incentives and technologies, such as discounted time-of-use rates for customers to curtail or shift vehicle charging to off-peak time periods.
Delmarva Power noted that it has begun a partnership with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to explore synergies between its electric vehicle programs and the programs for which the company is requesting approval. DNREC has implemented the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, for instance, whereby Delaware drivers and businesses are encouraged to buy or lease alternative fuel vehicles, including vehicles that run on propane, natural gas, and electricity.
Among other things, the company further noted that it will continue to work with DNREC, DelDOT, and other Exelon utilities to help enhance and expand on best practice sharing and lessons learned as it facilitates and accelerates the electrification of the transportation sector in Delaware.