Will they or won’t they? CPUC to decide if utilities can deploy EV charging stations

Will they or wont they? CPUC to decide if utilities can deploy EV charging stations

The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to decide this month if utilities can deploy charging stations. While some utilities may still be leery of charging stations, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric are all for it.

The utilities have proposed spending $500 million in EV charging stations. A news release from EV charging infrastructure provider ChargePoint says SCE has proposed installing as many as 30,000 charging stations in its service area over the next five years.

As part of the proposal, SCE wants to offer a rebate to customers who want to install charging stations that would allow them to select the equipment and the provider they prefer. SCE also would pay the cost of the installation.

ChargePoint, of course, couldnt be happier with the SCE proposal. We are working with investor-owned utilities to create a collaborative solution aimed at driving EV adoption and believe the best recommendations are contained in Southern California Edisons recent filing, said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO. Their recommendations take into consideration the need for driver adoption, sustained innovation, site owner choice, and installation practices using their own resources and expertise.

Utilities have been banned from getting into the EV charging business in California since 2011. The ban was intended to preserve competition at a time when EV charging was a relatively new market, according to an article in The Examiner.

A group of state legislators have called for removing the ban. One of them Assemblyman Richard Gordon, said the legislators have asked the commission to remove the ban but also ensure that utilities cannot take over the market.

Source: SmartGridNews.com

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