Pennsylvania regulators approve UGI Utilities tariff supplement regarding EVs

The commission said that UGI is the eighth electric distribution company in the state to modify its tariff to address third-party EV charging stations, as filings by the four FirstEnergy companies were approved in February; filings by Duquesne Light and PECO were approved in March; and a filing by PPL was approved in April

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on June 13 said that it voted 5-0 to approve a tariff supplement filed by UGI Utilities, Inc. – Electric Division (UGI Utilities) in response to the commission’s November 2018 electric vehicle (EV) policy statement, as part of a continuing statewide effort to help remove potential barriers and uncertainty surrounding the deployment of third-party EV charging stations.

The commission noted that its policy statement was designed to help promote increased investment in EV charging infrastructure in Pennsylvania by clarifying that third-party EV charging is providing a service, and not considered resale of electricity under the Public Utility Code.

As noted in the order, UGI Utilities in May filed “Supplement No. 7 to Tariff Electric Pa P.U.C. No. 6” that adds language stating that electricity sales by person, corporation, or other entity, not a public utility, owning and operating an EV charging facility for the sole purpose of recharging an EV battery for compensation are not construed to be sales to residential customers and therefore do not fall under the pricing requirements of “66 Pa. C.S. § 1313.”

The order noted that UGI Utilities’ proposed tariff supplement defined an EV as any vehicle licensed to operate on public roadways that is propelled in whole or in part by electric energy stored on-board for the purpose of propulsion and that the types of EVs include plug-in hybrid EVs and battery EVs.

UGI Utilities stated that for stations dedicated solely for the purpose of charging EVs wherein a third party owns the charger and allows an EV owner to use their facility to charge an EV, the owner of the charging facility is to notify the company at least 120 days in advance of the planned installation date and may be required to install metering for the station as determined by the company.

The order added that the proposed tariff supplement is in the public’s interest because it clarifies the tariff rules regarding third-party-owned EV charging station. The commission in its order said that it permits Supplement No. 7 to become effective on June 14.

In its statement, the commission said that UGI is the eighth electric distribution company (EDC) in the state to modify its tariff to address third-party EV charging stations, as filings by the four FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) companies were approved in February; filings by Duquesne Light and PECO were approved in March; and a filing by PPL (NYSE:PPL) was approved in April.

As TransmissionHub reported, the commission on Nov. 8, 2018, said that it voted 5-0 to approve the final policy statement that clarifies that third-party EV charging is providing a service and not considered resale/redistribution under Section 1313 of the Public Utility Code.

According to the final policy statement order, the commission issued a proposed policy statement in the docket (M-2017-2604382) in May 2018. The proposed policy statement was designed to reduce regulatory uncertainty surrounding the operation of EV charging stations, thereby promoting increased investment in EV charging infrastructure in Pennsylvania. The order added that the policy statement would reduce regulatory uncertainty by making clear that it is the policy of the commission that the service provided by an EV charging facility open to the public for the sole purpose of recharging an EV battery should not be construed as a sale of electricity to a residential consumer, and by requiring that EDCs expressly address EV charging stations in their tariffs.

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