Public Electric Utility Services Authorization

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Public electric utilities may provide electricity to charge plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) as unregulated or regulated services and may recover the costs of distribution system and infrastructure investments to accommodate PEV charging. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Commission) should consider revenues from charging PEVs in the utilities service territory in evaluating the retail rate impact from the development of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), which cannot exceed 0.005% of the total annual revenue requirements of the utility.

Public electric utilities are required to file an application with the Commission for widespread transportation electrification programs within their respective service territories by May 15, 2020, and every three years thereafter. Programs may include investments or incentives to facilitate the deployment of customer- or utility-owned EVSE and associated electrical equipment, facilitate electrification of public transit and other vehicle fleets, rate designs or programs that encourage PEV charging, and customer education, outreach, and incentive programs that increase awareness of transportation electrification.

(Reference Senate Bill 19, 077, 2019, and Colorado Revised Statutes 40-1-103.3, 40-3-116, and 40-5-107)