October 10, 2013
Contact: Lindsay Clark, (801) 538-8724
(801) 541-3352, cell
Electric Vehicles in Utah Receive a Boost from PSC
SALT LAKE CITY – Electric Vehicle (EV) battery charging service is not considered resale of electricity, according to a recent order by the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC), which approved proposed tariff revisions (Docket No. 13-035-T12). Rocky Mountain Power, a division of PacifiCorp, proposed adding clarifying language to the regulation (Regulation No. 4 “Supply and Use of Service”).
“The proposed tariff revisions will help open the market for additional EV charging stations in Utah, providing EV drivers the confidence to take longer trips and giving consumers the confidence to purchase EVs,” said Samantha Mary Julian, director of Office of Energy Development (OED). The OED is state agency promotes conventional, unconventional, and renewable energy resources, as well as energy efficiency.
The Utah Division of Public Utilities filed comments citing a report prepared by the Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (ETEC) arguing the purchase of EV battery charging services does not constitute a resale of electricity but instead is akin to the purchase of other services where electricity is exchanged but the customer payment is for the service and not solely the electricity. Comments were also filed by the Utah Office of Consumer Services, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), Utah Clean Energy (UCE), Salt Lake City Corporation, Utah Clean Cities Coalition and Wasatch Clean Air Coalition (collectively, SWEEP/UCE).
SWEEP and UCE claim EVs can significantly reduce emissions of criteria pollutants compared to gasoline vehicles, and increased use of EVs will help the region address its air quality problems.
The decision can be found on the PSC website: https://www.psc.utah.gov/utilities/electric/ordersindx/documents/24758613035T12oaptr.pdf. For information on Utah’s Office of Energy Development, visit https://www.energy.utah.gov/ or call (801) 538-8732.
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