The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) – in an order dated March 26 and to be effective on April 5 – directed any entities seeking to intervene or participate in the matter involving Atlantic City Electric’s petition for approval of a voluntary program for plug-in vehicle (PIV) charging to file the appropriate application with the BPU by April 13.
As noted in the order, the company filed its petition in February, requesting that the BPU approve a five-year, $14.9m PIV program designed to be responsive to its customers’ needs and to address critical adoption barriers for PIV transportation by providing education and outreach, off-peak charging, and a PIV infrastructure solution to reduce range anxiety. The PIV program will also the company to gather data to better understand the potential impacts that an increase in PIVs may have on the electric distribution system, the BPU said.
In a Feb. 23 company statement, Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president, said: “Our customers are demonstrating their interest in electric vehicle [(EV)] technology. These programs both incentivize customers to pursue an EV option as their next vehicle purchase and provide them with the peace of mind that new charging options will be available to meet their fueling needs across South Jersey.”
The company said that while its customers have expressed interest in EVs, many are hesitant to purchase EVs due to range anxiety and lack of available and affordable vehicle charging options. New Jersey currently has limited public EV charging infrastructure, contributing to customer apprehension toward investing in this clean and efficient transportation resource, the company said.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the carbon profile of New Jersey’s electric energy mix shows that an EV in the state is responsible for about a quarter the emissions of a gasoline vehicle, the company said. The registration of plug-in EVs in 2016 was 79% higher than 2015 – according to ChargeEVC – with more than 10,000 plug-in EVs on the road, 60% of which have been purchased in the last two years, Atlantic City Electric said.
In its petition, the company noted that a recent report by the Edison Electric Institute states that more than seven million PIVs are anticipated to be on the road in the United States by 2025, and concludes that significant deployment of charging infrastructure is required to meet that demand. That company said in its statement that its proposal outlines a voluntary suite of programs consisting of several key offerings for customers:
- Special electric rates for residential customers with EVs who charge their vehicles during off-peak hours
- Residential customers can receive 50% off the equipment and installation costs for a Level 2 smart charging station at their home
- Commercial customers who own or operate condominium/apartment complexes, or local businesses and office buildings with garage parking, can receive Level 2 smart charging stations at 50% off the equipment costs
- Atlantic City Electric will install and manage 30 Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) in main transportation corridor sites, and up to 150 Level 2 charging stations along major roadways and in neighborhoods within the company’s service area
- The company will create a $2m innovation fund to provide grants to people or groups with projects designed to advance EV charging across the state and support the electrification of the transportation sector
Exelon’s (NYSE:EXC) Atlantic City Electric noted that it will begin offering the programs within two months after BPU approval.