Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Analysis

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The Vermont Public Utility Commission (Commission) completed a report that evaluated PEVs and PEV charging in the state. The Commission was to 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 was required to 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 was also to 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 also was to 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.
The Commission published a report with its findings on June 27, 2019 and a report with supplemental findings on December 13, 2019.