The Vermont Public Utility Commission will hold a workshop on March 15 pertaining to its investigation into promoting the ownership and use of electric vehicles (EVs) in the state.
As noted in a March 8 agenda for the upcoming workshop, the commission in February issued a procedural order in which it announced its intention to conduct the workshop to address:
- Planned or currently available electric vehicle (EV) specific rate offerings for both home charging and service to public charging stations; how they will be, or are being, implemented; how successful the offerings are expected to be or have been; and any difficulties expected to be encountered, or that have been encountered in offering such rates
- Demand charges and DC fast-charging stations, including the effects of demand charges on the deployment of such stations, and how such effects can be mitigated or eliminated without undue impact to electric ratepayers
- Incorporation of growing EV charging load into the electric grid and issues associated with serving that new load
- The potential benefits of managed EV charging to the electric grid, including using EV batteries for such purposes as peak shaving, as well as the likelihood of realizing such benefits based on EV usage in Vermont and existing and expected technological capabilities
- The accuracy of electric metering and submetering technology for charging EVs
Also to be discussed at the workshop is the possible implementation of a tax or fee on EV charging on a kilowatt-hour basis to generate revenue for maintenance of Vermont’s transportation infrastructure, the filing noted.
According to the commission’s Feb. 4 “notice of workshop,” in May 2018, Act 158 (H.917) of the 2017-2018 Vermont legislative session took effect upon its signing by the governor. Section 25 of Act 158 directed the commission to conduct an evaluation and submit a report by July 1, 2019, concerning issues related to the charging of EVs, according to the filing.