District of Columbia regulators seek comments on Pepco’s proposed Transportation Electrification Program

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, in a Sept. 27 public notice, said any person interested in commenting on Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco) proposed Transportation Electrification (TE) Program may do so by Nov. 5.

Reply comments should be submitted by Nov. 20, the commission said.

According to the notice, Pepco on Sept. 6 filed an application for approval of its TE Program that is designed to achieve the District of Columbia’s goal of becoming carbon neutral and climate resilient by 2050, and focuses on expanding transportation electrification in the city.

Pepco’s proposed TE Program proposes “a portfolio of program offerings designed to serve a range of customer types and target multiple segments of the market, including the residential, commercial and public sectors of the market.” The commission added that the program includes such elements as:

  • Residential whole-house time of use (TOU) rate for plug-in vehicle (PIV) owners who receive their electricity supply through the standard offer service (SOS) program
  • Installation credit to up to 150 residential customers with existing, installed electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) to install “FleetCarma” data loggers and receive monthly bill credit thereafter for participation
  • 50% discount on the cost of new Residential Smart Level 2 EVSE and installation for 50 residential customers
  • Smart Level 2 EVSE rebates of $500 for 500 residential customers
  • 50% discount on the cost of new Smart Level 2 EVSE for multi-dwelling units (MDU) and 100% discount on the installation costs for 100 MDU customers
  • Establish a $1m innovation fund to be funded by the Modernizing the Energy Delivery System for Increase Sustainability (MEDSIS) subaccount, for innovation projects  

The offerings provide for various levels of cost sharing between ratepayers, EV owners, the owner of EV charging stations, as well as a variety of different business models, the commission said. According to Pepco, each offering would have various limitations on the applicable customers, different levels of customer cost sharing for equipment, and would include options for 100% renewable energy for an additional charge, the commission said.

The company proposes to supply electricity to some of the proposed project elements under the TE Program through the SOS Program, where Pepco serves as the SOS administrator. The commission added that Pepco further proposes five new PIV specific rate schedules applicable to seven of the offerings.

Pepco estimates that the total estimated cost for the TE Program, net of costs borne by customers for the 13 offerings would be about $15.2m. The commission added that after accounting for participant contributions, revenues received through the use of the public EV chargers, and the use of funds from the MEDSIS initiative, the TE Program is projected to cost ratepayers about $9.9m.

Pepco said in its application that it would seek recovery of TE Program costs in its next base rate case and proposes the creation of a regulatory asset for operations and maintenance costs that would be amortized over five years. The commission also said that assuming full implementation of the TE Program, Pepco estimates the residential bill impact to be 14 cents per month.

The commission noted that while EVs are an important part of grid modernization, Pepco’s proposal raises a threshold question regarding the commission’s jurisdiction. The commission said that the “Energy Innovation and Savings Amendment Act of 2012,” clarified that EV charging station operators are not public utilities, thus, exempting them from regulation by the commission and encouraging competition in the EV market. The commission said that it subsequently acknowledged the effect of the Act on its regulatory authority to regulate EV charging station operators and closed its investigation proceeding regarding the regulatory treatment of EV charging stations and related services.

“We invite comment as to whether, and to what extent, Pepco’s proposal is consistent with D.C. Code § 34-1513(a) and the Energy Innovation and Savings Amendment Act of 2012,” the commission said.

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