MPSC announces Feb. 20 date for plug-in EV conference

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) announced Feb 20 as the date for its second conference on plug-in electric vehicles. The discussion will focus on vehicle charging pilot programs in Michigan, and assessing program impacts on infrastructure, utility rates and the electrical grid.

The Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research will assist the Commission in facilitating the technical conference at the MPSC’s Lansing offices at 7109 West Saginaw Highway.

The conference will build on discussions from the successful Technical Conference on Alternative Fuel Vehicles, which was hosted in August by the MPSC and the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE). After that conference, the Commission in October (Case No. U-18368) called for public input on Michigan’s future deployment of plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure and technology support. Individuals, organizations and businesses submitted 25 comments.

February’s conference will provide the MPSC with input on establishing its role in developing regulatory policy for plug-in vehicle advancement. Among the topics to be addressed are the responsibility of regulated utilities in deploying charging and fueling stations, customer education, rate design and smart charging, and the impact on the electrical grid.

Questions should be directed to Al Freeman at freemana5@michigan.gov.

For an issue brief on the MPSC and plug-in electric vehicles, click here.

To listen to podcasts from August’s panel discussions click here.

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