Alternative fuel vehicle conference wraps up with request for additional public comment

MPSC looks to clarify role in fostering EV, CNG vehicle infrastructure in Michigan

August 9, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today called for a continued dialog regarding alternative fuel vehicles and how to address regulatory issues as the Commission and the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) completed a day-long discussion attended by national and industry stakeholders.

Topics included infrastructure advancements; electrical grid planning and investment; consumer habits; utility engagement; regulatory policy; charging trends; and Michigan’s leading role in mobility and telecommunications development.

"We are fortunate to have transportation and energy experts from around the country enrich our discussion and inform our thinking," MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg told about 150 attendees.

The mobility and energy sectors need to work collaboratively if Michigan is to achieve transformative change, Talberg added. At the PSC, "it is critical that our regulatory process is responsive and receptive to the changing world around us."

The technical conference’s discussion will help the MPSC to formulate a work plan that will provide guidance for Michigan’s electric vehicle charging and CNG fueling networks. It also will help to clarify the impact on ratepayers of utility investments in alternative fuel networks.

Nationally known experts and visionaries in the field who participated in the conference include:

  • Bernard Swiecki, director of Automotive Communities Partnership at the Center for Automotive Research; Britta Gross, director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors Co.; Steve Henderson, manager of Electrification Infrastructure, Programs and Policy at Ford Motor Co.; and Rich Scholer, chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers Hybrid PEV Communication and Interoperability Task Force.
     
  • John Gartner, research director of Navigant; Anne Smart, vice president of Public Policy for ChargePoint; Tom Ashley, director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Greenlots; Harry Haas, EV Products Engineering Department manager for Siemens Industry; Rebecca Harsh Knox, senior director of the Edison Electric Institute; and Dr. Soren Anderson, associate professor of economics at Michigan State University.
     
  • Kathryn Clay, interim executive director at NGVAmerica; Anthony Muzzin, manager of Business Development Natural Gas Vehicles for DTE Gas Services; Dan Malone, senior vice president of Engineering for Consumers Energy; and Steve McLean, director of Regulatory Affairs, SEMCO ENERGY Gas Co.
     
  • John Shenot, senior associate of the Regulatory Assistance Project; Brandon Hofmeister, senior vice president of Consumers Energy; Camilo Serna, vice president of Corporate Strategy at DTE Energy; Dr. Jürgen Weiss, principal at The Brattle Group; Max Baumhefner, attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Philip Jones, former commissioner of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

The Commission anticipates more cases will come before it in the future regarding the deployment of plug-in electric vehicle charging facilities and issues germane to the use of compressed natural gas as a motor vehicle transportation fuel. In preparation of increased attention on the issues, the MPSC has compiled a team of staff members who will focus on alternative fuel vehicles. The team will develop a briefing paper that examines major trends and regulatory options in terms of utilities’ role and ownership of equipment, rate design and incentives, and grid optimization.

Comments on alternative fuel vehicle charging and fueling infrastructure will be posted in the case file (Case No. U-18368) and can be viewed by the public. Mail comments to Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909 or emailed them to mpscedockets@michigan.gov.

For more information about the MPSC, please visit www.michigan.gov/mpsc or sign up for one of its listservs to keep up to date on MPSC matters.

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