Dominion Energy Virginia seeks approval of changes related to electric vehicle pilot program

Virginia Electric and Power (Dominion Energy Virginia) on July 26 filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission a petition seeking approval to make certain limited changes to the company’s two approved experimental and voluntary electric vehicle (EV) rate options, Rate Schedule 1EV and Rate Schedule EV, on its structured pilot program in order to conclude that program but allow existing customers to remain on the EV rate options.

Specifically, the company requests commission approval to allow existing customers the option to continue being served under the EV rate options after the pilot program’s currently scheduled expiration date of Nov. 30, until the customer selects an alternative, applicable rate schedule, or discontinues service at the service location. The granting of that option would not unreasonably prejudice or disadvantage any customer or class of customers, or the company, and would not jeopardize the continuation of reliable electric service, the company added.

The company said that it requests that the commission take final action on the petition at least 60 calendar days in advance of the program’s Nov. 30 expiration, or by Oct. 1, if possible, to allow the company sufficient time to implement the requested relief and any other terms and conditions, assuming petition approval, or otherwise to make administrative arrangements to remove existing participants from the EV rate options in advance of the program’s conclusion.

The company noted that it filed for approval in January 2011 of the EV rate options, as well as various related technology, customer interface, and data collection as part of the structured comprehensive EV Pilot Program to be implemented in its Virginia service territory. The EV rate options that form the central aspect of the program and the company’s studies are designated as “time of use” or time-differentiated pricing that allows customers to charge their vehicles during off-peak hours – typically overnight – in exchange for lower electricity prices.

The company added that the commission approved the program, subject to certain conditions, in July 2011, with EV rate options becoming available to customers starting in October 2011.

In November 2013, the company filed a proposed revision to its program to extend the EV rate options for an additional two years so that pilot program enrollment would continue through Dec. 1, 2015, and the EV Pilot Program would conclude in November 2016. The commission granted that extension request in November 2013, the company added, noting that it filed another two-year extension to the program in October 2015. The commission granted that extension request in January 2016, allowing, for instance, the program to continue through and including Nov. 30, 2018.

The company also said that as approved, its EV Pilot Program has a capped enrollment of up to 1,500 participants, consisting of up to 750 residential customers taking service under experimental Rate Schedule 1EV, and up to 750 residential customers taking electric service under experimental Rate Schedule EV.

Participation in the program requires that either an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meter or an interval data recorder (IDR) meter be installed at the customers’ location. The company added that AMI and IDR meters record energy usage every 30 minutes, enabling the company to apply the appropriate rate charge based on the time of day in which the customer used energy. The pricing for Rate Schedule 1EV varies by season.

The company also said that the program closed to new customer enrollment in September 2016.

The company said that to facilitate and implement the option for customers to continue being served under the EV rate options after the EV Pilot Program’s currently scheduled expiration date of Nov. 30, the company requests approval to make limited changes to the previously approved language in the EV rate options to allow participants to remain on that schedule after the currently scheduled expiration date of Nov. 30. Specifically, the company requested to make such changes to Section I of Rate Schedule 1EV:

  • Service under the schedule is to terminate effective Nov. 30. However, any customer who received service under the schedule on the closure date may continue to receive service in accordance with the schedule until such customer selects an alternative, applicable schedule; discontinues service at the service location; or discontinues operating an electric vehicle – in which case such customer is to provide the company with notice within 30 days. In either case, the schedule is to no longer be available at the service location. No new customer may receive service under the schedule after the closure date

The company said that it also proposes to make such language changes to Section I of Rate Schedule EV:

  • Service under the schedule is to terminate effective Nov. 30. However, any customer who received service under the schedule on the closure date may continue to receive service in accordance with the schedule until such customer selects an alternative, applicable schedule; discontinues service at the service location; or discontinues operating an electric vehicle – in which case such customer is to provide the company with notice within 30 days. In either case, the schedule is to no longer be available at the service location. No new customer may receive service under the schedule after the closure date

After Nov. 30, the company will cease pilot program operations, including tracking key metrics and providing annual updates to the commission, beyond its final annual report to be submitted by Dec. 31.

The company added that if the petition is approved, it would notify customers of their option to remain on the EV rate options after Nov. 30.

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