Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Analysis

The Vermont Public Utility Commission (Commission) must evaluate PEVs and PEV charging in the state. The Commission must provide public notice, opportunity for submission of written comments, and one or more workshops on PEVs before the evaluation is conducted. In its report, the Commission must include analysis and recommendations on the following topics regarding electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) owned by electric utilities:

  • Removal of barriers to EVSE installation, including strategies to reduce operating costs for EVSE users;
  • Strategies to manage the impact of PEV charging on the electric transmission and distribution system;
  • Strategies to facilitate the services provided by PEVs to the electric transmission and distribution system;
  • Benefits and costs to the electric system of PEV charging, electric utility planning for PEV charging, and rate design for PEV charging; and
  • The role of electric utilities with respect to the deployment and operation of EVSE.
For EVSE owned or operated by non-utility entities, the Commission must report on its analysis and recommendations for:

  • How and when these EVSE stations will obtain electricity;
  • Safety standards for EVSE;
  • The role of the Commission and other relevant state agencies in managing these EVSE;
  • Regulations, if any, on pricing structures for EVSE, including transparency to the consumer of any rates or prices; and
  • Billing and complaint procedures for EVSE.
The Commission must also consider:

  • Options for PEV drivers to contribute toward the cost of maintaining the State's transportation infrastructure;
  • The accuracy of electric metering and submetering technology for PEV charging;
  • Strategies to encourage PEV adoption and achieve the State's Comprehensive Energy Plan and greenhouse gas reduction goals; and
  • Any other topics that the Commission believes are relevant to fair, cost-effective, and accessible PEV charging.
During its evaluation, the Commission must also report any recommendations for proposed legislation. The Commission must submit a report to relevant Vermont House and Senate committees by July 1, 2019. (Reference House Bill 197, 2018)