On Feb. 20, the Michigan Public Service Commission held a public hearing on plug-in electric vehicles (EV) with discussions surrounding utility pilot charging projects and what role the Commission plays in program deployment.
The Commission will use the feedback from the “Shifting into Drive: Future EV Pilot Programs” conference to formulate regulatory policy to accommodate the anticipated growth of electric vehicles in Michigan. The discussions will also facilitate effective planning for the increased impact that vehicle electrification will have on the charging infrastructure as well as overall electrical demand and service reliability.
The information gathered at the hearing will guide the Commission as it considers how customer use will be accounted for in rate structure and time-of-day use.
On August 9, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) hosted a technical conference to explore topical areas related to electric vehicle (EV) deployment. The technical conference occurred in close collaboration with utilities, the auto industry, NGOs, environmental advocates, and other experts, to address the future of utility-based alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) programs in the state. 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.
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.
The MPSC now calls for a continued dialog regarding alternative fuel vehicle charging and fueling infrastructure and how to address regulatory issues.
Comments are due by September 1, 2017 and will be posted in the case file (Case No. U-18368), which can be viewed by the public. Mail comments to Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org