MPSC announces agenda for Feb. 20 EV pilot program discussion

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Feb 5, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today announced the agenda for its upcoming plug-in electric vehicle (EV) conference, which will be on Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the MPSC office building in Lansing.

The public hearing will provide the MPSC with additional stakeholder input in developing regulatory policy for electric vehicle programs. The technical discussion will focus on utility electric 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 (CAR) will assist the Commission in facilitating the technical discussion.

The conference agenda:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Opening remarks
  • 9:40 a.m.: Guiding principles conversation
  • 10:10 a.m.: Utility pilot program presentations
  • 11:20 a.m.: Stakeholder feedback and next steps
  • 12:30 p.m.: Adjourn

Key questions to be answered at the conference include pilot program design, load management, the safe installation prioritization, reporting requirements to provide data for future program design, inclusion of new technology, the identification of measurable outcomes, identifying any missing necessary stakeholders, how success is defined, program funding and investment, and an agreed understanding of what needs to be learned from the pilots.

The conference will be at the MPSC offices at 7109 West Saginaw Highway, Lansing. It builds on discussions from the Commission’s Technical Conference on Alternative Fuel Vehicles that was held in August, hosted by the MPSC and the Michigan Agency for Energy.

In its Dec. 20, 2017, order (Case No. U-18368), the Commission provided its initial thoughts on areas of focus and performance measurements for utility EV pilot programs. In summary, the pilot programs should focus on the near term and will discuss stakeholders’ reasonable expectations for the next two to three years.

Questions about the conference should be directed to Al Freeman at

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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